- Code CHST3211
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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, History, Asia Pacific Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr YUN ZHOU
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2023
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Form a comprehensive understanding of Chinese society in modern and contemporary periods through reading different genres of writing
- Apply critical thinking to analyse texts on Chinese cultural and social topics through intensive and extensive readings
- Develop oral and writing skills in the targeted language to reflect on crucial themes in modern China
- 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
- Form and develop research interest that links to future research project on China in postgraduate studies
This course is taught entirely in Chinese.
- Oral Presentation (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Mid-term Written Essay (1,500 Chinese characters) (20) [LO 2,3,4]
- Final Essay (2,500 Chinese characters) (30) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Final Exam via Wattle Quiz (multiple choice and oral questions) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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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 due to the large enrolment number and the Covid restrictions.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsCourse materials will be provided on wattle.
Assumed KnowledgeStudents must be able to read, write, and speak in modern standard Chinese (Mandarin) to succeed in this course.
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