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COURSE CATALOGUE : CHINESE
The Chinese program offers a variety of courses in language, literature, history, religion and culture. Faculty members are trained language teachers and scholars who are specialized in one of the major fields of Chinese studies. They teach both simplified and traditional characters. Classical Chinese is taught as independent study on demand. The Chinese program is a member of the Council for International Education Exchange (CIEE) Chinese Language Consortium. Students who have finished CHIN 202 in good standing can be recommended to participate in the CIEE program in Beijing, Nanjing, or Taipei. Qualified students may have the opportunity to study at the Mandarin Training Center or other language institutes in Taiwan. The Chinese program does not offer a major or minor in Chinese separate from the Asian Studies major or minor, but all Chinese program courses are cross-listed with the Asian Studies Department and may count toward requirements for that major or minor. See the Asian Studies section of this Catalogue for related information.
ASN 209 The Golden Age of Chinese Culture
ASN 210 Buddhism and Taoism through Chinese Literature
ASN 212 Women in Contemporary Chinese Culture
ASN 220 Male and Female in East Asian Society and Culture
ASN 236 Society and Culture in China
ASN 312 Literary and Historical Memory in China
ASN 341 Chinese Literature in Translation
ASN 342 Chinese Cinema: Gender, Politics, and Social Change in Contemporary China
ASN 393 Pacific Century
CHIN 101 Beginning Chinese I An introduction to modern Mandarin Chinese, the course teaches four skills, i.e., listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students acquire solid training and knowledge in pronunciation, writing, grammar, usage of words, and other fundamentals of general communication skills. The principal text is Integrated Chinese, Part 1-1, Traditional Character Edition, which introduces Pinyin Romanization System. Online learning programs, a CD, and a DVD accompanying the text are used to help students learn to read, write, and use approximately 250 traditional characters, their simplified variants, as well as common polysyllabic compounds. Students also acquire skills in Chinese word-processing and are able to use Chinese character input system to type characters and sentences. Instruction consists of three class contact hours and two lab sessions per week. (Zhou, Fall, offered annually)
CHIN 102 Beginning Chinese II A continuation of CHIN 101, this course introduces an additional 300 traditional characters, new sentence patterns, and new grammatical rules. Students learn to make effective use of their language skills, acquire ability to conduct simple real situation dialogues, write simple notes, and read authentic materials such as signs and newspaper headlines. Students can also enhance their skills in Chinese word-processing and electronic communication. The principal text is Integrated Chinese, Level 1-1, Traditional Character Edition. Online learning programs along with a CD and DVD accompanying the text are used. Instruction consists of three class contact hours and two lab sessions per week. Prerequisite: CHIN 101 or the equivalent. (Zhou, Spring, offered annually)
CHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese I This course continues CHIN 102 and instruction is conducted half in Chinese. Students learn an additional 400 characters on top of the 550 characters they learned at the beginning level. They speak and write frequently in class and after class, acquiring a higher level of language proficiency in all four skills. They are expected to do Chinese word-processing and electronic communication with ease. The principal text is Integrated Chinese, Level 1-2, and Integrated Chinese, Level 2-1 Traditional/Simplified Character Edition, which is used along with online learning programs as well as CDs and DVDs accompanying the text. Instruction consists of three class contact hours and two lab sessions per week. Prerequisite: CHIN 102 or the equivalent. (Huang, Fall, offered annually)
CHIN 202 Intermediate Chinese II This course continues CHIN 201 and is conducted primarily in Chinese. An additional 450-500 characters and phrases in both traditional and simplified forms are introduced. Students interact and communicate in Chinese in class and after class. Supplementary readings are used in addition to the principal text, Integrated Chinese, Level 1-2, Traditional/Simplified Character Edition. Instruction consists of three class contact hours and two lab sessions per week. Prerequisite: CHIN 201 or the equivalent. (Huang, Spring, offered annually)
CHIN 301 Advanced Chinese I This course continues CHIN 202 and is conducted exclusively in Chinese. An additional 500-550 characters and phrases are introduced. Students interact and communicate in Chinese in class and after class. Supplementary readings are used in addition to the principal text, Integrated Chinese, Level 2, Traditional/Simplified Character Edition. Prerequisite: CHIN 202 or the equivalent. (Staff, Fall, offered annually)
CHIN 302 Advanced Chinese II This course continues CHIN 301 and is conducted exclusively in Chinese. Approximately 600-700 new characters and phrases are added to the vocabulary repository each individual student has built up. Students interact and communicate in Chinese in class and after class. Supplementary readings are used in addition to the principal text, Integrated Chinese, Level 2, Traditional/Simplified Character Edition. Prerequisite: CHIN 301 or the equivalent. (Staff, Spring, offered annually)
CHIN 341 Chinese Literature in Translation This course introduces Chinese literature in both classical and modern literary traditions. Selected readings consist of translated works that encompass different literary forms and genres. Major foci are on prose, fiction, poetry, drama, and vernacular story/novel. Primary concerns are with the shifting use of literary forms and genres from one dynastic period to another, how scholars and writers in different dynasties would favor and select specific literary forms and genres to reflect on and critique political, social, and cultural issues among other things, and why religious, gender, and social class bias emerged. Change of intellectual climate, linguistic simplification, as well as literary devices such as simile, metaphor, symbolism, euphemism, and others will be explained and discussed in depth. This course is taught in English and can address the “Social Inequalities” and “Cultural Differences” goals of the Colleges curriculum. No prerequisite. Open to all students. Upper class Asian Studies majors/minors are highly recommended to take the course. (Staff, Spring, offered occasionally)
CHIN 450 Independent Study Students interested in Chinese language beyond CHIN 302 can arrange to take this course, which is taught in Chinese. Special arrangements are also made for individual students to study a specific subject related to traditional or modern Chinese literature and culture. (Staff, offered annually)
CHIN 456 1/2 Credit Independent Study