Course Catalog for CHINESE
CHIN 101
Elementary Chinese I
Designed to develop fundamental skill in both spoken and written Mandarin. About 200 characters will be learned. Since all linguistic skills cannot be fully developed in 101 alone, stress will be placed on the acquisition of basic structures, which it will be the function of 102 to develop and reinforce. Students who wish to acquire significant proficiency should therefore plan to take both 101 and 102 in sequence. Three hours of class work, plus one required drill hour. Students with previous training and background in Chinese should consult the instructor for proper placement. (Also listed under the Asian Studies concentration of the International Studies Program.) (HUM)
1.00 units, Lecture
CHIN 102
Elementary Chinese II
Continuation of Chinese 101, with increased emphasis on conversational practice. An additional 200 characters will be learned. Students are expected to master most of the spoken patterns by the end of the semester. Three hours of class work, plus one required drill hour. (Also listed under the Asian Studies concentration of the International Studies Program.) (HUM)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Chinese 101 or equivalent.
1.00 units, Lecture
CHIN 201
Intermediate Chinese I
This course emphasizes the continued development of skill in spoken and written Mandarin. Students will read more advanced texts, practice conversation, and be introduced to additional characters. In order to secure maximum proficiency, students should plan to take both 201 and 202 in sequence. Three hours of class work.(Also listed the Asian Studies concentration of the International Studies Program.) (HUM)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Chinese 102 or equivalent.
1.00 units, Lecture
CHIN 202
Intermediate Chinese II
Continuation of Chinese 201, with further emphasis on written and spoken development of the current idiom. Three hours of class work. (Also listed under the Asian Studies concentration of the International Studies Program.) (GLB2)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Chinese 201 or equivalent.
1.00 units, Lecture
CHIN 237
20th-Century Chinese Literature
This course is a survey of twentieth-century Chinese literature and films. It focuses on the literature, cinema, and essays of three periods in the Chinese 20th century: 1918 ~ 1949; 1949 ~ 1976; since 1976. We read works of Chinese writers such as Lu Xun, Yu Dafu, Zhang Ailing, Mao Dun, ShenCongwen, Yu Hua, Su Tong, etc., and watch selected films of significant cultural and historical meanings. Students are introduced to various essential issues of twentieth-century Chinese cultural modernity and are encouraged to explore in the Chinese context the key tensions between tradition and modernity, native and foreign, and nationalism and cosmopolitanism. (GLB)
1.00 units, Lecture
CHIN 301
Advanced Chinese I
Further development of skill in written and spoken Mandarin, with increasing emphasis on longer texts, additional characters, and extensive discussion. In order to secure maximum proficiency, students should plan to take both 301 and 302 in sequence. (Also listed under the Asian Studies concentration of the International Studies Program.) (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
CHIN 302
Advanced Chinese II
Concentration on advanced writing and speaking skills, further acquisition of compound characters, and further extensive practice in complex reading. (Also listed under the Asian Studies concentration of the International Studies Program.) (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
CHIN 399
Independent Study
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment. (HUM)
0.50 units min / 1.00 units max, Independent Study
CHIN 401
Issues in Contemporary China
Using materials from literature, public discourses, film, and the Internet, this course helps students become familiar with and reflect upon important cultural, political, and economic issues of the Chinese speaking world(China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Chinese communities in the West). NO prior knowledge of Chinese language is required. This course is required for students who elect Chinese as the primary language in their LACS-administered Chinese major(Plan B). It also counts toward the International Studies major(as an Asian Studies area course), the LACS-administered Chinese minor, as well as the interdisciplinary Asian Studies minor. (WEB)
1.00 units, Seminar
CHIN 413
Advanced Chinese III
Students will further develop skills in written and spoken Mandarin, with increasing emphasis on longer texts, additional characters, and extensive discussion. In order to secure maximum proficiency, students should plan to take both 413 and 415 in sequence. (GLB2)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Chinese 302 or equivalent.
1.00 units, Lecture
CHIN 415
Advanced Chinese IV
Students will improve skills in written and spoken Mandarin for formal occasions and conversations. Focuses will be given to students' ability to use the language formally and idiomatically. (GLB2)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Chinese 413 or equivalent.
1.00 units, Lecture
CHIN 421
Chinese Language and Culture Practicum I
This course aims to prepare advanced students for real-world China. Students will learn about a variety of topics, ranging from host/guest etiquette and cultural habits, to Chinese workplace culture and social networking strategies, to hierarchical systems and relationships. The course consists of intercultural thematic units with level-appropriate learning tasks that help advanced students refine their cultural knowledge, extend their existing language skills into live cultural practices, and acquire more up-to-date information on and a deeper understanding of modern-day Chinese society. (GLB2)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Chinese 302 or equivalent.
1.00 units, Seminar
CHIN 422
Chinese Language and Culture Practicum II
Continuation of 421, this course mainly focuses on exploring Chinese cultural practices and living in real-world China. Students will engage in real-life tasks and will have opportunities to observe and experience authentic Chinese cultural practices. Through these learning tasks, students will acquire practical knowledge on what to expect while in China, how to get things done in real-life China, and how to respond appropriately in given social contexts. (GLB2)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Chinese 421 or equivalent.
1.00 units, Seminar
CHIN 466
Teaching Assistantship
Submission of the special registration form, available online, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment. Guidelines are available in the College Bulletin. (0.5 - 1 course credit)
0.50 units min / 1.00 units max, Independent Study