ast2aic asia in country acsf




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.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorYangbin Chen

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjects AST3AIC, CHI2CIC, CHI3CIC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsChina: a global studies handbookPrescribedRobert Andreì LaFleur ... [et al.].SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. : ABC-CLIO, C2003. LTU LIBRARY CALL NO.: 951 C53932
ReadingsChina : a handbook in intercultural communicationRecommendedJean BrickSYDNEY : NATIONAL CENTRE FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING AND RESEARCH, MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY
ReadingsIntegrated Chinese Level 1/1 Textbook, (simplified, 3rd ed.)RecommendedYao, T. et. al. 1997BOSTON
ReadingsThe Cambridge illustrated history of ChinaRecommendedPatricia Buckley EbreyCAMBRIDGE ; NEW YORK, 1996, LTU LIBRARY CALL NO.: 951 EBRE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Ability to explore Chinese cultural component through library, literature and online based resource in English

library literate review on Chinese culture and society pre-departure
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

02. Ability to formulate a brief opinion on familiar, everyday matters and to generally engage in the discussion on China related topics.

discussion with Chinese students during the Australia-China Students Forum
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

03. Ability to manage open-ended short communication with functional approximations of accurate language and intonation for the context

daily encounters in Chinese with local university students and residents; seminars on contempoary Chinese culture and society
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

04. Ability to perform a basic analysis and synthesis, and to develop and evaluate simple arguments. Ability to use a bilingual paper based and online based dictionaries correctly.

writing a learning portfolio on this program
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

05. Ability to work as part of a team in class role play activities and presentation.

giving a group presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:

06. Ability to write functional sentences using appropriate structure with correct grammar in Chinese

Chinese writing practice
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Week 39-43, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size20

Enrolment information The program is subject to the funding support from the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) and AsiaBound Grant this year. La Trobe University Confucius Institute, together with Chinese Program, Department of Languages and Linguistics will interview and shortlist the applicants.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYangbin Chen

Class requirements

Block ModeWeek: 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/or industries during their tour. Upon return to La Trobe University, students will complete a reflective journal which critically delineates and summarizes their experience. As part of the Australia-China Student Forum, they will also engage in the face-to-face discussion with local Chinese students."

SeminarWeek: 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%ILO*
Australian-Chinese student group project 2000 words2002, 03, 05
Book review predeparture 1000 words1501
Group presentation 1000 words1505
Participation in the Forum and reflective journal 4000 words5003, 04, 06