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Students who commenced study in 2016 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts

Offered by

School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

Coordinator

Dr Robert Irving

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Faculty of Arts

School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

Location

Clayton

The Chinese studies program is designed to enable students to develop a high level of communicative competence in the Chinese (Mandarin) language, including translation skills. Chinese studies offers instruction in the Chinese language from several possible entrance levels, catering for students ranging from introductory to advanced proficiency, and including background and non-background speakers of Chinese. Students will develop proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and research skills appropriate to their level and the program is intended to facilitate increasingly independent research in Chinese studies.

To ensure that students are placed in the most appropriate level according to their individual profile and the best outcome they can expect to achieve, all students, except beginners, are required to undertake placement testing prior to the start of their first semester of language study. Once your place is determined, you will progress through the language units in a designated stream. At each level, you have the option to enrol in an intensive in-country program as part of your stream component.

For students with an advanced level of Chinese language proficiency, a translation stream is available in addition to the mainstream language stream.

In addition to the compulsory language units, you will undertake studies on Chinese culture, history and politics and will be introduced to the language and issues of Chinese and international current affairs. You will also develop research and language skills to facilitate research through the medium of the Chinese language Internet.

Right of School to determine entry level and approve accelerated enrolment

The Chinese studies program convenor retains the right to determine the proper proficiency level for any particular student. Students are not permitted to accelerate their enrolment without first consulting the program.

Students with advanced language proficiency

Students wishing to undertake a Chinese studies major who have completed VCE first language or second language advanced, or who have attended a school where Chinese was the language of instruction, should consult the Chinese studies program for advice.

Overseas study

Students can replace language units with equivalent language study overseas in semester one, semester two, summer semester, or over a full year, at approved partner institutions in the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong or Taiwan. Students must obtain approval from the Chinese program before enrolling in language study overseas units. Students can similarly replace units through the China intensive language program. For a list of units, refer to the Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Study AbroadLanguages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Study Abroad (http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/llcl-study-abroad/) webpage.

Availability

Chinese studies is listed in A2000 Bachelor of Arts and 0202 Bachelor of Letters at Clayton as a minor, major or extended major, A2001 Bachelor of Global Studies at Clayton as a major, and A0501 Diploma of Languages at Clayton as a major.

Outcomes

In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will be able to:

  • understand key features of modern Chinese intellectual history and thought
  • explain issues in translation and cross-cultural communication
  • analyse and interpret China through textual and media sources (in Chinese or translation according to the language level of the student).

In addition, on successfully completing the translation stream of the Chinese studies major you will be able to:

  • read, translate and interpret a range of Chinese formal texts, video and audio broadcast programs at a pre-paraprofessional level

Units

Major requirements (48 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) and at least 18 points must be at level 3. Six language units (36 points) must be completed.

Entry point 1 - Introductory

For students with little or no knowledge of Chinese.

Students complete:

(a.) Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

(b.) One level 2 cornerstone unitcornerstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:

  • ATS2039 Understanding modern China
  • ATS2040 Understanding contemporary China

(c.) One level 3 capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:

  • ATS3037 Chinese online media: Contemporary issues and perspectives
  • ATS3038 Chinese online media: Current issues and perspectives

(d.) Four language units (24 points):

Entry point 2 - Intermediate

For students with post-VCE/IB (second language basic stream) lower competence in Chinese.

Students complete:

(a.) One level 3 cornerstone unitcornerstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:

  • ATS2039 Understanding modern China
  • ATS2040 Understanding contemporary China

(b.) One level 3 capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points), chosen from:

  • ATS3037 Chinese online media: Contemporary issues and perspectives
  • ATS3038 Chinese online media: Current issues and perspectives

(c.) Six language units (36 points):

* Note: Students who are background speakers with oral proficiency but with little or no knowledge of written Chinese must replace ATS2003 and ATS2004 with the following units: ATS1905 (Chinese introductory for background speakers 1) and ATS1906 (Chinese introductory for background speakers 2).

Entry point 3 - Proficient

For students with post-VCE/IB (second language basic stream) higher competence in Chinese.

Students complete one of the following streams.

Language stream

(a.) One level 2 cornerstone unitcornerstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:

  • ATS2039 Understanding modern China
  • ATS2040 Understanding contemporary China

(b.) One level 3 capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:

  • ATS3037 Chinese online media: Contemporary issues and perspectives
  • ATS3038 Chinese online media: Current issues and perspectives

(c.) Six language units (36 points):

  • ATS2005 Chinese proficient 1
  • ATS2006 Chinese proficient 2
  • ATS3007 Chinese studies advanced 1
  • ATS3008 Chinese studies advanced 2
  • ATS3009 Chinese studies advanced 3: Readings in modern literature
  • ATS3010 Chinese studies advanced 4: Readings in modern literature
Translation stream

(a.) Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

(b.) One level 2 cornerstone unitcornerstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points), chosen from:

  • ATS2039 Understanding modern China
  • ATS2040 Understanding contemporary China

(c.) One level 3 capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points):

  • ATS3083 Translating across cultures

(d.) Four language units (24 points):

  • ATS2043 Chinese translation for professional purposes 1
  • ATS2044 Chinese translation for professional purposes 2
  • ATS3045 From translation to interpreting in Chinese 1
  • ATS3046 From translation to interpreting in Chinese 2

Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited towards the minor.

Students complete:

(a.) Three units (18 points) from the Chinese language sequence under the major, following the entry point guidelines and taken in order.

(b.) An elective unit within the major, following the appropriate entry point guidelines, with no more than 12 points at level 1.

Extended major requirements (72 points)

No more than 24 points at level 1 may be credited to the extended major and at least 24 points must be at level 3.

Students are required to undertake a period of overseas study in order to complete an extended major.

Students complete:

(a.) The requirements of the major in Chinese studies (48 points)

(b.) Any combination of the following to a total of 24 points:

  • ATS3083 Translating across cultures
  • ATS3948 Internship (undergraduate)
  • Study overseas units

Elective list

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

  • ATS1319 Understanding Asia: An introduction to Asian history and culture
  • ATS2382 War and memory in the Asia Pacific: Legacies of World War II
  • ATS2941 Asia's underside: Violence, crime and protest
  • ATS3011 Chinese studies advanced 5: Contemporary literature
  • ATS3012 Chinese studies advanced 6: Contemporary literature
  • ATS3013 Chinese business translation 1
  • ATS3014 Chinese business translation 2
  • ATS3041 Chinese media analysis 1
  • ATS3042 Chinese media analysis 2
  • ATS3064 Cultural intelligence: Building competencies for global leadership
  • ATS3089 Social institutions and power in Asia
  • ATS3138 Special reading unit 2
  • ATS3627 Global cultures, local traditions: Creating and consuming (popular) culture
  • ATS3816 The social context of language learning
  • ATS3948 Internship (undergraduate)

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • A0501 Diploma of Languages

Bachelors

Single degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degrees:*

  • A2000 Bachelor of Arts
  • A2001 Bachelor of Global Studies
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.

Double degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts component in the following double degrees:*

  • A2005 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art
  • A2004 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • B2019 Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2012 Bachelor of Business Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2020 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2006 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Global Studies
  • B2024 Bachelor of Commerce Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • E3002 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • C2002 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3009 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Global Studies
  • S2006 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts
  • S2003 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Global Studies

* Students cannot complete both the minor and major in the same area of study.