• Class Number 3210
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr YUN ZHOU
    • Dr YUN ZHOU
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
    • Lihong Rambeau
SELT Survey Results

This is an advanced reading course to explore China’s modern history and contemporary society through intensive and extensive readings. It selects ten crucial themes including the New Cultural Movement, gender, political campaigns, population policies, and rural issues to reflect on the critical nodes in China’s past and present. It is organised in a chronological way with the first half of the course on Republican period (1912-1949) and the second on contemporary Chinese society (1949-present). It is suitable for heritage learners or students who have an advanced level of proficiency in spoken and written Chinese (completion of Modern Chinese B CHIN3025). Students will engage with a wide range of reading materials including autobiography, novels, and journal articles to understand China from multiple perspectives. With guiding questions provided for each theme, students will develop critical thinking through a series of thinking process including contextualising, interpreting, evaluating, and analysing the reading materials. This course helps students to develop and form their own arguments for research related to China and beyond.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Form a comprehensive understanding of Chinese society in modern and contemporary periods through reading different genres of writing
  2. Apply critical thinking to analyse texts on Chinese cultural and social topics through intensive and extensive readings
  3. Develop oral and writing skills in the targeted language to reflect on crucial themes in modern China
  4. Identify research topics in a field of individual student interest and construct research paper in the target language on China by synthesising the analytical skills acquired through the course
  5. Form and develop research interest that links to future research project on China in postgraduate studies

Research-Led Teaching

Lectures will be comprehensive reading and discussion providing background information for topics and research related assignments.

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

All materials/ resources will be uploaded on wattle.

All materials/ resources will be uploaded on wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 introduction, course outline, ?‘??’ ????- Course description????- Course outline?‘??’
2 Emperor's Life ????? ??«?????»??
3 Traditional Chinese Family ???????? ??«?»??
4 Marriage and Women ????? ???«????»??
5 Overseas Studies in late Qing and Republican Period ????? ???«??»??
6 Lecture time for the 1st Quiz ??:??(?) ??:??????
7 The Cultural Revolution ????? ???«??»
8 Everyday Life of an Ordinary Person in Contemporary China ???????????? ???«?????»
9 China's Population Issue ??????? ??????
10 Rural China ???? ??«?????»??
11 Re-discussing "Reading" ??‘??’ ???«??»??
12 Lecture time for the 2nd Quiz ??:??(?) ??:??????

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Group Book Review Presentation in weeks 6 and 12 (tutorials) 20 % * 1, 2, 3
Comment on Group Book Review Presentation 10 % * 2, 3, 4
Final Essay 30 % 31/05/2024 2, 3, 4, 5
Participation 10 % * 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Two in-class quizzes 30 % * 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


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 Integrity 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 Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Group Book Review Presentation in weeks 6 and 12 (tutorials)

This task is to foster collaborative skills, critical thinking, and effective communication within a team while evaluating the comprehension and analysis of a chosen book of students’ choice about China. The book in Chinese can be from the readings in the course or on any topic covered in the course. Each group member is required to write a brief individual reflection (500 characters) on the book, including summary and personal insights. Collaboratively, the group develops a comprehensive book review (1,500 characters) that includes an introduction, summary, and critical evaluation. The presentation will be 20-25 minutes including Q&A. There are two time slots for the presentation. One is in week 6 and the other in week 12. Students only need to present once. Details will be available in week 1.


Individual reflection (5)Group book review (5)Group presentation (5)Q&A (5)

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

Comment on Group Book Review Presentation

Each student needs to attend one tutorial in week 6 or week 12 and write a 500-character comment on a group presentation assigned by the teachers. The comment must be submitted within the designated time period.


Understanding main content (4)Quality of Evaluation (4)Technical skills regarding writing(2)

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 31/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 5

Final Essay

This is based on the readings, your original thought and research (2,500 characters). Topics will be distributed in due course. Due day: Friday in week 13 (during ANU examination period).


Depth of understanding/ analysis of issues (10)Use and evidence of Reading (5)Logical coherence of Arguments (10)Structure and expression (2.5)Technical features: referencing, etc (2.5)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


This is based on tutorial attendance and tutorial activities. 

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Two in-class quizzes

Each quiz will be conducted during lecture time in weeks 6 and 12. It consists of multiple choices and text analysis/short answers based on the weekly readings and lecture content. It enhances students' engagement throughout the course. Students will need to attend lectures and tutorials in order to answer the questions within a limited time.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. 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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

All assignments including book review, powerpoint presentation and final essays will be returned in 2-3 weeks time depending on the number of enrolments.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.

Resubmission of Assignments

No resubmission is allowed without prior permission by the lecturer. It must be requested before 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).

02 6125 9250

Research Interests


Tuesday 14:00 15:00
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Research Interests


Tuesday 14:00 15:00
Lihong Rambeau
by email

Research Interests

Lihong Rambeau


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