• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Cultural Studies, History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies More...
  • Minor code CHST-MIN

Chinese civilisation provided the foundations for what has become Modern East Asia. With China on the verge of becoming a world power again, Australia seeks to redefine its relationship with China and its role in the region. Chinese Studies at the ANU allows students to engage both broadly and deeply with China’s past and present. The Chinese Studies Minor offers include courses in linguistics, literature (traditional and modern), history, culture, politics, archaeology, calligraphy, and on Taiwan. The Major provides students with a solid foundation upon which to develop both general and specialist interests in Chinese culture, history, society and thought.

The Chinese Studies minor is designed to complement the Chinese language major and the Literary Chinese minor, though knowledge of the Chinese language is not required for courses in the Chinese studies minor.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain historical and current events and developments that have shaped China.

  2. Identify the socio-cultural and political systems of China,

  3. Explain developments in China in their regional and global contexts,

  4. Understand the processes and disciplinary approaches through which current knowledge about Chinese Studies has developed.

Other Information

Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to take a language proficiency assessment to ensure enrolment at the most appropriate level. 

Relevant past experience includes:

  • Previous study of the language (both formal and informal, for example but not limited to, at school, or, home, or through online activities, etc.)
  • Being exposed to the language in childhood via a family member or friend
  • Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken
  • The language being spoken in your home (even if you do not speak it yourself)

Students who are not sure if they need to take a proficiency assessment should seek advice from the course or language convenor. 

Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may results in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.

Students are not permitted to enrol in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Literature
  • Asia-Pacific Studies

Relevant Degrees

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

6 units from the completion of the following course(s):

ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change (6 units)

ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion (6 units)

6 units from the completion of the following course(s):

ASIA2037 History of Modern China (6 units)

12 units from the completion of the following course(s):

ASIA2003 Chinese Literature (6 units)

ASIA2203 Archaeology of China (6 units)

ASIA2014 China: Language, Discourse and Political Culture (6 units)

ASIA2026 The Politics of China (6 units)

ASIA2044 Chinese History: The Imperial Period (221 BC - 1800) (6 units)

ASIA2072 Taiwan: History and Culture (6 units)

ASIA2073 Chinese Calligraphy: History and Practice (6 units)

ASIA2099 Social Power in China: Family and Connections (6 units)

ASIA2222 Taiwanese Society and Politics (6 units)

ASIA2366 Foundations of Chinese Culture (6 units)

ASIA3034 The Contemporary Chinese World (6 units)

BUSI3028 Business in China (6 units)

CHST3211 Reading China: Past and Present (6 units)

CHST3212 Reading Chinese Literature: Theory and Criticism (6 units)

INTR2012 Chinese Foreign and Security Policy (6 units)

LING2017 Chinese Linguistics (6 units)

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