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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Chinese Studies


Dr Lijun Bi



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit requires a language entry level testlanguage entry level test (http://www.monash.edu/arts/language-entry-level/) or permission from the unit coordinator.


Through the study of graded Chinese news articles, this unit will introduce students to the language and issues of Chinese and international current affairs. Topics covered include culture, politics, economics, the environment, international relations, international events and social issues. Students will also develop research and language skills tailored to the Chinese language Internet.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will: develop a basic understanding of the structures of media Chinese media; be able to read, comprehend, and translate a basic range of text-based Chinese news articles; develop a basic understanding of major domestic and international issues that are of intimate concern to ordinary people in China and other Chinese speaking communities; and be able to access, search and read Chinese media resources on the Internet with a high degree of independence.


Within semester assessment: 55%
Exam: 45%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


ATS2004 or ATS2005 or ATS3005 or ATS2006 or ATS3006 or ATS3007 or ATS3008 or equivalent