• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies

This course introduces students to the fundamental tools and approaches of advanced research in Chinese Studies. It has two main aims. First, it surveys the history of Chinese Studies as an intellectual discipline and supports a critical engagement with influential works from that discipline. Second, it addresses the methods for handling such issues as chronology, geography, bureaucracy, biography, and bibliography in the study of China. These methods are not exhaustive in any sense; they will be shaped by students' individual research needs. This course therefore aims not so much to convey factual information as to develop a critical and self-sufficient style of research on China.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the major themes, issues, and methods of research in Chinese Studies, both past and present, and evaluate the ways in which they have been addressed in different contexts.
  2. Demonstrate the methods of advanced research in Chinese Studies necessary to locate and interpret information from a variety of sources, both pre-modern and modern; and synthesise that information to solve specific practical research questions.
  3. Produce written digests of research findings in a form that suits the complex research problems at hand and that explicates them to an audience of specialists in Chinese Studies.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Critical assessments of research literature (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. Weekly methodological assignments (60) [LO 2,3]
  3. Final research assignment (20) [LO 1,2,3]

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This course requires a total of 130 hours of work, including:

  • a weekly two-hour seminar, when research methods and problems are presented, and students' findings are discussed;
  • eight hours of preparation for weekly research assignments and independent study time.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Materials will be provided.


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

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4444 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A

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