Courses in Chinese

Updated Course List @ Registrar

Chinese Language Sequence

Chinese Language Sequence

CHN-100. Basic Chinese I (Fall). Basic skills for students who begin with no knowledge of Mandarin. CHN-101. Basic Chinese II (Winter). A continuation of CHN-100. Prerequisite: CHN-100 or permission of instructor. CHN-102. Basic Chinese III (Spring). A continuation of CHN-101. Prerequisite: CHN-101 or permission of instructor. CHN-103. Chinese for the Term Abroad (Not offered 2012-13). An introduction to Chinese language, combining Basic Chinese I and culture components. Open to students going on the term abroad or those with general interest in learning Chinese. Students who took...

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CHN-100: Basic Chinese I

 (Fall). Basic skills for students who begin with no knowledge of Mandarin.

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CHN-101: Basic Chinese II

 (Winter). A continuation of CHN-100. Prerequisite: CHN-100 or permission of instructor.

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CHN-102: Basic Chinese III

(Spring). A continuation of CHN-101. Prerequisite: CHN-101 or permission of instructor.

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CHN-103: Chinese for the Term Abroad

 (Not offered 2012-13). An introduction to Chinese language, combining Basic Chinese I and culture components. Open to students going on the term abroad or those with general interest in learning Chinese. Students who took CHN-100-102 sequence cannot take this course.

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CHN-200: Intermediate Chinese I

(Fall). Review, and continued development of all skills in Mandarin.

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CHN-201: Intermediate Chinese II

 (Winter). Continuation of CHN-200. Prerequisite: CHN-200 or permission of instructor.

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CHN-202: Intermediate Chinese III

 (Spring). Continuation of CHN-201. Prerequisite: CHN-201 or permission of instructor.

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CHN-204T, 205T: Chinese Language Studied Abroad

 (Fall term in China). See International Programs. CC: LCC

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CHN-250T, 251T.: Chinese Language Studied Independently Abroad.

 CC: LCC

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CHN-300: Advanced Intermediate Chinese I

 (Fall). Continued formal study of the Chinese language. Prerequisite: CHN-202 or equivalent.

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CHN-302: Advanced Intermediate Chinese III

 (Spring). A continuation of CHN-301. Prerequisite: CHN-301 or permission of instructor.

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CHN-301: Advanced Intermediate Chinese II

(Winter). A continuation of CHN-300. Prerequisite: CHN-300 or permission of instructor.

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CHN-400: The Changing Face of China

(Not offered 2013-2014). This course is designed for students who have completed three years of Chinese at the college level or the equivalent. More advanced authentic texts of diverse topics will be introduced to students that cover the socio-political, economic, and cultural dimensions of a drastically changing China sitting in the whirlwind of commercialization and globalization. Students will gain insight into contemporary China and develop a higher level of Chinese proficiency through class discussions, written compositions, TV news clips and film analyses. Class will be conducted...

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CHN-401: Media China

 (Not offered 2013-2014). The course is designed for students who have completed three years of Chinese at the college level or the equivalent. Through analysis of more advanced and up-to-date authentic materials from China’s mass media, students will not only develop a higher level of Chinese proficiency through class discussions, written compositions, research presentations, but also gain insight into contemporary China, as well as develop strong media literacy skills. Class will be conducted entirely in Chinese. Pre-Requisite: CHN-302 or equivalent. Enrollment with consent of the...

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MLT-200: Modern Chinese Literature

(Spring, Ferry). An introduction to Chinese literature in the 20th Century. The publishing industry, and especially literature, played an influential role in shaping China’s modern development. Students will study the origins of the New Culture movement’s “new literature,” analyze “revolutionary romanticism” and art for the masses, as well as examine contemporary works of popular fiction. The course relates China’s literary and cultural trends within the local and global dimensions of modernity. All works in English. CC: HUL, LCC 

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MLT-201. Chinese Cinema

(Not offered 2013-14). From the glitzy production studios of 1930s Shanghai to the contemporary hinterlands of China, the backstreets of Hong Kong, and the towns of Taiwan, this course examines the development and transformation of Chinese cinema. It explores questions of aesthetics, Chinese identity, transnationalism, and representation. All films subtitled. CC: HUL, LCC

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MLT-202. Gender and Sexuality in Modern China

 (Also WGS 202) (Fall, Ferry). The course examines gender and sexuality in 20th-century China as a gateway to understanding the political, cultural, and economic realities of China today. We consider the figure of the “New Woman” during China’s civil war and World War II, the androgynous ideal after the founding of the People’s Republic, the “Successful Man” during China’s economic reform, and the articulations of “Comrades” as part of local, national, and international conversations. Readings in English. All films subtitled. CC: HUL, LCC

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MLT-203: Asian American Film and Performance

 (Also WGS 268) (Not offered 2013-14). An examination of topics in Asian American studies through film and performance by and about Asian Americans. Class material draws from independent filmmakers, theatrical and artistic performances, as well as theoretical and critical texts on culture and diversity, gender, the diaspora, and ethnicity. CC: HUL, LCC

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MLT-204: Literary Traditions in East Asia

 (Winter, Zhang). Literary developments in East Asia, looking closely at the aesthetic and philosophic foundations of its varied literature through poetic genres, story forms, oral storytelling, travel literature, and drama. CC: HUL, LCC

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MLT-205: Perspectives in Modern East Asian Literature

 (Not offered 2013-14). The literary and artistic developments in East Asia since the mid-19th century. The course considers questions of tradition, culture, modernity, globalism, and technology by examining cultural artifacts — novels, short stories, plays, paintings, architecture, music, and film. CC: HUL

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MLT-209: The New Wall of China

(Also ENS 222) (Not offered 2013-14). An interdisciplinary overview of dams and development, with specific attention to the socio-cultural, historical, economic, and environmental attributes of a region in China whose geo-political landscape has been dramatically impacted by the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. In providing a context to the dam’s construction, students will be introduced to the intricate connections between all the above factors and engineering, technology, and the environment. CC: HUL, LCC, SET

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