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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Warren Sun


Previously coded CHI3080


This unit will introduce students to a range of primarily literary texts in contemporary Chinese. Students' ability to understand contemporary China and their skills of 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.
  2. The ability to comprehend and express complex ideas in both spoken and written forms, consolidating skills already acquired at the Advanced Intermediate level.
  3. 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%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Hui Huang

Contact hours

4 hours (4 x 1 hour seminars) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Chinese language


Chinese 7 or permission


ATS1008, ATS1028, ATS2008, ATS2028, ATS3028, APG4008, ATS4008, ATS4028, APG5008, APG5028