• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Chinese Studies in Language
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Literature, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Lihong Rambeau
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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Taught entirely in Chinese in the Australian context, this course trains students in critical analysis and discussion of Chinese literature; classical, modern and contemporary. Through textual analysis this course will explore the Chinese literary tradition from an interdisciplinary perspective, using texts such as Hong Lou Meng (The Story of the Stone, or the Dream of the Red Chamber), Lu Xun and Mo Yan. The goal of the course is to engage with literary texts and critical commentaries to develop independent research and academic writing skills. This course demonstrates a commitment to research-led teaching that emphasises global citizenship, multiculturalism and the importance of multilingual academic inquiry.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss and present on topics of Chinese literature
  2. Analyse themes in the materials under study and offer critical written responses
  3. Make critical use of concepts and analytic tools from literary studies to develop, review, and synthesise knowledge about Chinese literature
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the differences between Chinese and Western literature and society

Indicative Assessment

  1. Oral Presentation (20%) (Learning Outcomes 1,2,3) (20) [LO null]
  2. Written Exam (30%) (L O 1,2,3) (30) [LO null]
  3. Final Essay (40%)(L O 1,2,3,4) (40) [LO null]
  4. Quizzes (10%)(L O 1,2,3,4) (10) [LO null]

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The workload for this course comprises three contact hours per week. It demands an average of four hours of tutorial preparation, including assigned readings, and review of lectures. The total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study.  This course may be offered online or in person depending on the convenor’s availability.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course is incompatible with CHIN3212 (Chinese for Native Speakers B) and CHST6212.

Prescribed Texts

To be advised

Assumed Knowledge

Students must be able to read, write, and speak in modern standard Chinese (Mandarin) to succeed in this course. 


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.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8176 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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