• Class Number 4460
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
  • COURSE CONVENER
    • Dr Mark Strange
  • LECTURER
    • Dr Mark Strange
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

Literary Chinese is a written language that matured long before the Qin dynasty (221-206 B.C.), when China first became an empire. It continued to be used by China's governing and elite cultures for nearly three millennia. A command of Literary Chinese is therefore indispensable for the study of any aspect of Chinese literature, thought, history, politics, or society before the twentieth century.
The idioms, syntax, style, and allusions of Literary Chinese continue to pervade the modern language. Its enduring influence results from the fact that the great legacies of Chinese culture, right down to the present day, have been largely preserved in this medium. Contemporary Chinese political and social discourse, and education, places increasing emphasis on knowledge of pre-modern Chinese culture and on familiarity with texts written in Literary Chinese. So without a grounding in Literary Chinese, it is impossible to gain a full understanding of the language or content of newspaper articles, literary works, and scholarly prose written in contemporary Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the People's Republic of China. It has also shaped the linguistic and cultural traditions of Korea, Japan, and Vietnam.
This course focuses on the analysis and translation of a selection of texts for beginners from the pre-Qin (before 221 BC) and Han (206 BC to 220 AD) periods. Students develop an understanding of the main grammatical forms, function words, and sentence patterns of this formative period of Literary Chinese. Students will also study techniques of translation, as well as the cultural backgrounds essential to understanding the texts at hand.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Recognise and translate in a way appropriate to context a vocabulary of about 700 items.
  2. Identify and explain the basic grammar and sentence structures used in a range of short anecdotal and philosophical texts from pre-Qin (before 221 BC) and Han (206 BC to 220 AD) times.
  3. Differentiate linguistic registers used in basic texts of Classical and Literary Chinese, and translate these accurately into English.
  4. Identify basic textual references through the use of standard Sinological reference tools; and consider these references against the immediate background of intellectual and cultural developments in pre-Qin (before 221 BC) and Han (206 BC to 220 AD) China.

Required Resources

Fuller, Michael, An Introduction to Literary Chinese, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 1999, rpt. 2004.

Other course materials will appear on Wattle and, where necessary, will also be distributed in hard copy in class. Lists of relevant contextual readings will also be posted on Wattle.

Students should ensure that they have access to a good Literary Chinese dictionary. The course convenor will be happy to offer recommendations.

Course updates and announcements will appear on Wattle. It is important that students regularly consult the course site and check their University email accounts for notifications.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction; reading skills
2 Structures of Literary Chinese
3 Lun yu (Fuller, Lesson 1)
4 Han Fei zi 1 (Fuller, Lesson 2) Quiz 1
5 Han Fei zi 2 (Fuller, Lesson 3) Test 1
6 Lü shi chun qiu (Fuller, Lesson 4) Quiz 2
7 Han Fei zi 3 (Fuller, Lesson 5)
8 Lie zi (Fuller, Lesson 6) Quiz 3
9 Zhan guo ce (Fuller, Lesson 7)
10 Meng zi (Fuller, Lesson 8) Quiz 4
11 Shuo yuan (Fuller, Lesson 9) Test 2
12 Revision

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Active participation 10 % 31/05/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Quizzes 20 % 24/03/2019 31/05/2019 1, 2, 3
In-class tests 30 % 23/05/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3
Final examination 40 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1,2,3,4

Policies

ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Active participation

Students will contribute in an active and constructive manner to discussion, both with the course teacher and with their classmates. They will be expected to demonstrate evidence of preparation for in-class discussions. In particular, they will be asked to contribute to group and individual translations of prescribed texts, submitting written drafts to the course teacher. They will also be expected to demonstrate knowledge of grammatical points covered during the course through a range of in-class oral activities and written exercises.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 24/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Quizzes

Students will sit four on-line quizzes during the semester. Each quiz will take 20 minutes; students will have to complete quizzes within this time limit. They will test items of grammar and vocabulary covered during the course.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 23/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

In-class tests

Students will sit two in-class tests. These will run for the duration of the class (50 minutes). Each test will be worth 15% of the total grade. These tests will contain questions about the vocabulary, grammar, and non-linguistic contexts of the texts under study. They will also demand a brief translation, with some relevant vocabulary supplied.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final examination

Students will translate a selection of seen and unseen texts from Literary Chinese into English. Some relevant vocabulary will be supplied. Students will also answer brief questions on points of grammar and vocabulary, and on such information as the author, date, context, and type of the text. The final examination will run for two hours.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Mark Strange
02 6125 2993
u5080559@anu.edu.au

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Dr Mark Strange

Dr Mark Strange
6125 2993
mark.strange@anu.edu.au

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Dr Mark Strange

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