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CHI2120 - Chinese 12

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Hui Xu


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


Through an investigation into the key intellectual issues of a multi-disciplinary nature in post-Mao China, this unit will introduce students to a range of literary writings by a young generation of contemporary Chinese writers. Through various research projects students will explore a range of different representations of Chinese culture and society.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be expected to have acquired

  1. a general knowledge of the social, political and cultural development that has characterised post-Mao China, Chinese society, its people and its culture (through examination of the historical contexts of a number of literary texts published in China after the 1980s)
  2. an in-depth knowledge of changes that post-Mao reform has brought to intellectual trends in general and to literature in particular (through critical analysis of a range of literary works by a younger and unorthodox generation of Chinese writers who challenge traditional Chinese literary norms through their exploration of fundamental issues of humanism).
  3. the ability to write and speak effectively in standard modern Chinese on a range of intellectual and literary issues, and basic analytical and critical skills required for academic research in Chinese Studies.


Written work: 75%
Oral presentation: 15%
Class participation/performance: 10%

Contact hours

3 hours (3 x 1 hour seminars) per week


Chinese 11 or by permission


CHI1120, CHI1912, CHI2912, CHI3120, CHI3912, CHI4120, CHI4129, CHI4912, CHI5120

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