CONTEMPORARY CHINESE AND CHINA A : CRITICAL ISSUES

CHI3CCA

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is designed to allow high level students to further extend their professional Chinese abilities and orient them in China related studies. Topics comprise environment protection, Chinese language, ethnic minorities and cultural diversity, Chinese culture and Chinese overseas, as well as Chinese civilisation and science and technology. It particularly focuses on the training of skills in social sciences research Chinese primary sources, as well as translation in primary data from Chinese into English and from English into Chinese. The subject features online and multimedia based collaborative teaching and learning experiences.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorYangbin Chen

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CHI2CCD or CHI2CMT or coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsChinese for Advanced Learners: Language, society and culturePrescribedPing Wang & Yangbin Chen, 2017Newsouth Books, UNSW

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Formulate a critical argument on the social, cultural and political issues in contemporary China.

Activities:
Presentation, group debates and short essay writing exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)

02. Review relevant disciplinary literature and explain the social, cultural and political issues in contemporary Chinese society.

Activities:
Presentations and debates in class activities, reading comprehension questions in mid-semester and final examinations.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

03. Use Chinese language to make a preliminary social science inquiry in the topics regarding contemporary Chinese social, cultural and political issues.

Activities:
themed short presentations and debated in class activities, and writings during mid semester and final examinations.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

04. Work with a partner or as part of a team to communicate in oral and written formats.

Activities:
Group presentation on researched topics
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

06. Develop lines of argument, and orientation in Chinese-English two way translation practice

Activities:
Collaborative translation exercises, short essay writing exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYangbin Chen

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Class group presentation (500 words equivalent)15 03, 04, 06
Mini-forums & workshop activities (2000 words equivalent)Ten lecture mini-forums & workshop activities during weeks 2-1150 01, 02, 06
One Research essay (1500 words equivalent)On a chosen critical issue in contemporary China35 01, 02, 06