• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies, Cultural Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Schimmelpfennig
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning. Remote (online) and in-person students participate together in the same class.

This is a regional course for students interested in China. It focuses on key social and cultural topics essential to understanding both traditional society and its influence modern and contemporary China. The course is structured around such themes as conceptions of time and space, the written and spoken word, the past and its records, traditional thought and belief, society, government and bureaucracy, cultural pursuits and literary products, inventions and technical advances, or Western interlocutors. The course intends to provide students with in-depth knowledge about core aspects of traditional Chinese culture necessary for any serious occupation with present day China and Chinese communities all over the world.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. understand and reproduce key features of traditional Chinese culture and thought and modern discourses about such traditions.

2. take on a different cultural perspective from which to view oneself, one’s culture and one’s society.

3. compare and critique theoretical knowledge of this field in light of empirical examples.

4. locate and analyse new information from a wide variety of Western sources.

Indicative Assessment

Weekly tutorial questions submitted at the beginning of tutorials - 20%

1st tutorial paper: A detailed bibliography and a detailed structure for an essay with a brief explanatory outline about one course topic (min. 1000 words). (Topic lottery) - 10%

2nd tutorial paper:  A written out version of the essay (1500/2500 words for ASIA2366) suggested in the first tutorial paper including improvements from the first correction.  - 20%

Final Exam - 50%

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The course comprises a weekly load of two one-hour lectures and two one-hour tutorials. It demands six hours of tutorial preparation, including assigned readings, and review of lectures.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 24 units of university courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ASIA1066.

Prescribed Texts

Texts for this course will be announced during the first tutorial.

Assumed Knowledge

This course assumes no knowledge of the Chinese language.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6978 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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