Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject offers an intensive cultural and social immersion experience in conjunction with the inter-disciplinary Australia-China Student Forum run by the Centre for China Studies and Confucius Institute at La Trobe University. This Asian Studies subject is offered to any second or third year student in any discipline across La Trobe University (experience of learning Chinese language is NOT a prerequisite). The program has both an Australia-based and in-country (China) component, and sees students from Australia and China engaging in a dialogue around an annual theme and gaining deeper intercultural understanding. The program runs in the latter half of second semester with the in-country component following the exam period. Students eligible to receive credit for this subject will have the opportunity to apply for supporting scholarships. These scholarships will contribute to costs associated with the in-country (China) living component of the subject.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorYangbin Chen

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjects AST3AIC, CHI2CIC, CHI3CIC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Week 39-43, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size20

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYangbin Chen

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 40 - 41
One 10.0 days block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 40 to week 41 and delivered via blended.
"In each city, students will visit local communities, universities, government organizations and industries during their tour. Upon return to La Trobe University, students will complete a reflective journal to critically delineate and summarize their experience, followed by a group presentation on contempoary Chinese culture and society. As part of the Australia-China Student Forum, they will also engage in the face-to-face discussion with local Chinese students."

Seminar Week: 39 - 39
One 2.0 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 39 to week 39 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Pre-departure briefing session."


Assessment elementComments%
Australian-Chinese student group project 2000 words20
Book review predeparture 1000 words15
Group presentation 1000 words15
Participation in the Forum and reflective journal 4000 words50