2006 HMA123 Chinese Language, Society and Culture

Unit Level: Introductory

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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SPECIAL NOTE: the unit is taught in Shanghai and is available to any student in the University

Not Offered


Provides an introduction to Mandarin Chinese language as well as contemporary Chinese Culture and Society. Language: every day conversational language in Mandarin Chinese, with emphasis on situational communication and character recognition. Chinese culture and society: Chinese everyday norms and beliefs, basic codes of conduct, family and work, food, festivals, folk medicine, taiqi, qigong. The course covers some of the key aspects of social and political change.

The unit also offers 2 specialised streams of activities, for Arts and Education students stream A, and for Commerce and Law students stream B. Art stream: Chinese arts and handicrafts, calligraphy, Chinese landscaping, bronzes, pottery, architecture and textiles, traditional and new art. Visit to the Shanghai Museum. Commerce and Law stream: accounting practices, taxes and employment regulations, impact of the WTO membership on Chinese business practices. Meetings with business people and visits to Shanghai companies.


ASSESSMENT: 4 classroom assignments in Chinese language, equivalent to 2,000 words (20%); 3 journal entries of 1,000 words each, based on fieldwork activities (30%); essay 1,000-1,500 words on a topic in Chinese culture and society (10%); 3-hour exam (40%) (50% language, 50% Chinese culture and society).

TEACHING PATTERN: 4 wks intensive during summer vacation: 3 hrs daily classroom work and 3 hrs daily practice and field work

M.Excl HMA121; cannot be taken as part of a Chinese major

STAFF: Assoc Prof Mobo Gao (on campus Coordinator)

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