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CHI2080 - Chinese 8

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Warren Sun


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


This unit will introduce students to a range of primarily literary texts in contemporary Chinese. Students' ability to understand contemporary China and their skills in speaking, listening and writing will be further developed through various classroom activities of reading, translations and discussions and through essay-writing.


The subject aims to provide students with:

  1. General knowledge that will enhance their understanding of contemporary Chinese culture and society.

  1. The ability to comprehend and express complex ideas in both spoken and written forms, consolidating skills already acquired at the Advanced Intermediate level.

  1. Strategies of cross-cultural conceptualisation, incorporating translation skills, crucial to critical thinking on a range of cultural and social topics concerning contemporary China. Translation and reading exercises developed for this part of the course are based primarily on texts in standard Chinese from the People's Republic of China.


Class participation (450 words equivalent): 10%; Seminar paper and associated oral presentation(1350 words equivalent): 20%
10%; Two written assignments (1350 words in total): 30%; Written examination (1350 words equivalent): 30%

Contact hours

4 hours (2 x 2 hour seminars) per week


Chinese 7 or permission


CHI1080, CHI1908, CHI2908, CHI3080, CHI3908, CHI4080, CHI4089, CHI4908, CHI5080

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