Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject offers intensive cultural and social immersion programs to Chinese language students, in conjunction with the Australia-China Student Forum run by the La Trobe University Confucius Institute. Both non-background students and overseas-born Chinese students are encouraged to apply. Students will participate in a pre-departure program in Melbourne, and in a 2-week in-country component. The latter comprises compulsory participation in the Australia-China Student Forum (ACSF) and cultural tours in China. Successful applicants will receive scholarships to cover the costs of pre-departure Chinese language classes and the in-country component of the subject.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorYangbin Chen

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLibrary literature review on Chinese culture and society pre-departure, discussion with Chinese students during the Australia-China Students Forum, daily encounters in Chinese with local university students and residents; seminars on contemporary Chinese culture and society, writing a learning portfolio, delivering a group presentation and Chinese writing practice

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesCHI1002 OR CHI1006 OR CHI1005 OR CHI1001 OR CHI1004 OR CHI1003


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsCHI2CIC OR AST3AIC OR AST2AIC

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Ability to explore Chinese cultural component through library, literature and online based resource in English
02. Ability to formulate a brief opinion on familiar, everyday matters and to generally engage in the discussion on China related topics.
03. Ability to manage open-ended short communication with functional approximations of accurate language and intonation for the context
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.
05. Ability to work as part of a team in class role play activities and presentation.
06. Ability to write functional sentences using appropriate structure with correct grammar in Chinese

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Week 39-43, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYangbin Chen

Class requirements

Field Trip Week: 40 - 41
One 10.00 d field trip per study period on weekdays during the day from week 40 to week 41 and delivered via blended.
"Students will visit local communities, universities, government organisations and industries, and immerse in a real Chinese language environment during their tour. Upon return to La Trobe University, students will complete a learning portfolio to critically delineate and summarise their experience, followed by a group presentation on contemporary 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 2.00 h seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 39 to week 39 and delivered via blended.
"Pre-departure briefing session"


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1000 words: Group presentation

N/AOtherGroupNo10 SILO5

1000 words: Listening and speaking test

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO2

1000 words: Reading test

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1

1000 words: Writing test

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO6

2000 words: Australian-Chinese student group project

N/AAssignmentGroupNo30 SILO2, SILO4

2000 words: Learning portfolio and reflective journal

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO3, SILO4