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  • Objectives
    The objectives of the Bachelor of Arts are to provide students with an outstanding education in the humanities, social sciences and languages as well as a broad understanding of selected fields of study outside these areas. The degree is designed so that a Bachelor of Arts graduate should be able to: * Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of selected fields of study in core disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and languages. * Reflect a general understanding of the concepts and principles of selected areas of study outside core disciplines of the humanities, social sciences and languages. * Access and appreciate national and international debates in their specialised areas of study. * Demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a * respect for ethical values. * Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social contexts. * Act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force. * Communicate effectively and, in the case of those students undertaking a language major, to read, write and speak another language with fluency and appreciate its cultural context. * Qualify for employment in a wide range of occupations. * Commit to continuous learning. * Be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and otherinformation technology systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Arts (Chinese Language)
  • Course description
    Chinese language is available as both a major and minor sequence of study for BA students. Most Chinese majors are a standard 100 points in length, and all minors are 75 points. A major in beginners level Chinese is 125 points.

    Chinese is taught across 5 streams of study to suit the language acquisition level of students upon first enrolling. They are:

        * Beginners Stream
        * Post VCE Stream (Non-background Speakers)
        * Background Speakers Stream 1 (Minimal Literacy)
        * Background Speakers Stream 2 (Limited Literacy)
        * Background Speakers Stream 3 (For students who have completed Secondary Education in a Chinese environment)

    Chinese: Beginners Stream

    Beginners Stream Level 1

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    110-143  Chinese 1A
    This is an introductory course in Chinese for students with no previous knowledge of the language. By the end of this subject students should be familiar with the Pinyin system of romanisation and be able to read and write approximately 250 Chinese c...     Semester 1     12.50

    110-145  Chinese 1B
    This subject is an introductory course in Chinese for students who have completed Chinese 1A . By the conclusion of this subject students should be able to speak with an acceptable standard of pronunciation, and read and write approximately 500 Chine...     Semester 2     12.50

    Beginners Stream Level 2

    Students undertaking a major in this stream must complete the following subjects. Students completing a minor only complete Chinese 2A and Chinese 2B.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    110-028  Chinese 2A
    This is a post-elementary subject in Chinese. By the end of this subject students should know 750 Chinese characters and should have a good grasp of basic grammatical structures as well as furthering their knowledge of Chinese cultural practices.     Semester 1     12.50

    110-029  Chinese 2B
    This is a continuation of Chinese 2A. By the conclusion of this subject students should have mastered the basic grammatical structures of Modern Chinese and have a vocabulary of approximately 1000 characters. Students should have sufficient listening...     Semester 2     12.50

    110-206  Chinese 2C
    This subject is designed to consolidate and extend students' oral and listening skills while building on and extending the grammatical knowledge and vocabulary introduced in Chinese 2a. Students will be able to communicate in Chinese on a variet...     Semester 1     12.50

    110-207  Chinese 2D
    This subject builds upon the linguistic abilities developed in Chinese 2A and 2C while broadening studentsÂ’ knowledge of Chinese culture.     Semester 2     12.50

    Beginners Stream Level 3

    Students undertaking a major in this stream must complete the following subjects. Students completing a minor only complete Chinese 3A and Chinese 3B.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    670-398  Chinese 3A
    This course builds on the knowledge acquired by students in Chinese 2D or Chinese 2F (previously offered as Chinese 1B) . Students should broaden their listening comprehension and speaking skills and gain confidence and independence in handling writt...     Semester 1     12.50

    670-399  Chinese 3B
    This subject will further develop the range of students' listening and speaking skills; expand their experience of Chinese prose styles; and improve their ability to communicate in written Chinese.     Semester 2     12.50

    110-302  Chinese News Analysis
    This subject is an advanced unit introducing the techniques of Chinese newspaper analysis for fields such as politics, international affairs, intellectual debates etc. Students will use current reading materials to study a range of social and politic...     Semester 2     12.50

    Beginners Stream Level 3 Electives

    Students undertaking a major in this stream must complete one subject from the following list.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    110-303  Intensive Chinese Program: China
    This subject is intended to provide an in-country study experience for those students who are unable to study overseas for the longer period of time required by the University's exchange programme. Students will experience Chinese culture and so...     Summer     12.50

    671-301  Modern Chinese Literature
    This subject examines developments in modern Chinese literature from the Literary Revolution to the present with a focus on the contemporary period. Students will study Chinese texts in class as well as read widely for the lecture. By the end of the ...     Semester 1     12.50

    671-308  Great Chinese Classics
    This subject offers an introduction to literary Chinese (wenyan) which was the formal written language of imperial China and the foundation of modern written Chinese. A knowledge of literary Chinese is thus indispensable in attaining higher level lit...     Semester 1     12.50

    Chinese: Post VCE Stream (Non-background Speakers)

    Post VCE Stream Level 1

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    110-160  Chinese 2E
    This subject is for students who have completed a course of study in Chinese at secondary school level. In building on the knowledge students already have, particular attention will be paid to expanding vocabulary, ensuring a good grasp of the basic ...     Semester 1     12.50

    110-161  Chinese 2F
    This course will further enhance students' knowledge of vocabulary, the basic grammar of spoken Chinese, and reading, writing and oral/aural skills.     Semester 2     12.50

    Post VCE Stream Level 2

    Students undertaking a major in this stream must complete the following subjects. Students completing a minor only complete Chinese 3A and Chinese 3B.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    110-039  Chinese 3A
    This course builds on the knowledge acquired by students in Chinese 2D or Chinese 2F (previously offered as Chinese 1B) . Students should broaden their listening comprehension and speaking skills and gain confidence and independence in handling writt...     Semester 1     12.50

    110-040  Chinese 3B
    This subject will further develop the range of students' listening and speaking skills; expand their experience of Chinese prose styles; and improve their ability to communicate in written Chinese.     Semester 2     12.50

    110-048  Modern Chinese Literature
    This subject examines developments in modern Chinese literature from the Literary Revolution to the present with a focus on the contemporary period. Students will study Chinese texts in class as well as read widely for the lecture. By the end of the ...     Semester 1     12.50

    Post-VCE stream Level 3


    Students undertaking a major in this stream must complete the following subjects. Students completing a minor in this stream must complete either Great Chinese Classics or Chinese Economic Documents, and either Chinese News Analysis or Advanced Translation.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    110-302  Chinese News Analysis
    This subject is an advanced unit introducing the techniques of Chinese newspaper analysis for fields such as politics, international affairs, intellectual debates etc. Students will use current reading materials to study a range of social and politic...     Semester 2     12.50

    671-308  Great Chinese Classics
    This subject offers an introduction to literary Chinese (wenyan) which was the formal written language of imperial China and the foundation of modern written Chinese. A knowledge of literary Chinese is thus indispensable in attaining higher level lit...     Semester 1     12.50

    Post VCE Stream Level 3 Electives


    Students undertaking a major in this stream must complete one of the following subjects:

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    673-365  Chinese Economic Documents
    This subject is a reading course on Chinese economic and business documents. Students will be given a guided introduction to a variety of economic documents, including official policy statements, statistical material, newspaper reports and comments, ...     Semester 1     12.50

    110-303  Intensive Chinese Program: China
    This subject is intended to provide an in-country study experience for those students who are unable to study overseas for the longer period of time required by the University´s exchange programme. Students will experience Chinese culture and so...     Summer     12.50

    110-304  Advanced Chinese Translation
    In this subject students will learn to translate from Chinese to English and English to Chinese. The selection of texts will be limited to modern literature and to documents and news items on politics and international affairs. In their translations ...     Semester 2     12.50

    Chinese: Background Speakers Stream 1 (Minimal Literacy)

    Level 1

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    110-121  Chinese 4A
    This subject is for students who have a Chinese-speaking background and minimal literacy skills. By the conclusion of this subject students should have built on their knowledge of Chinese and be able to read original Chinese material on current affai...     Semester 1     12.50

    110-123  Chinese 4B
    This subject is a continuation of Chinese 4A. At the conclusion of this subject, students should be able to independently read a variety of original Chinese material and to write modern standard Chinese in an acceptable style. They should also be abl...     Semester 2     12.50

    Background Speakers Stream 1 - Level 2 subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    670-217  Chinese 5A
    This is a subject for students who have limited literacy in Chinese. Students will build on their previous study and be able to read relatively complex texts as well as increasing their knowledge of traditional Chinese culture. They should be able to...     Semester 1     12.50

    670-218  Chinese 5B
    This subject is a continuation of Chinese 5A. It involves advanced spoken and written Chinese. Students will read a variety of extracts from Modern Chinese and improve their writing and speaking skills.     Semester 2     12.50

    Background Speakers Stream 1 - Level 2 Electives

    Students undertaking a major in this stream must complete one of the following subjects:

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    110-048  Modern Chinese Literature
    This subject examines developments in modern Chinese literature from the Literary Revolution to the present with a focus on the contemporary period. Students will study Chinese texts in class as well as read widely for the lecture. By the end of the ...     Semester 1     12.50

    110-133  Great Chinese Classics
    This subject offers an introduction to literary Chinese (wenyan) which was the formal written language of imperial China and the foundation of modern written Chinese. A knowledge of literary Chinese is thus indispensable in attaining higher level lit...     Semester 1     12.50

    670-242  Chinese Cinema
    This is a multimedia subject, which will examine contemporary Chinese literature and film, focusing on major developments in the post-1978 era. The subject introduces students to current uses of the Chinese language through the study of contemporary ...     Semester 2     12.50

    Background Speakers Stream 1 - Level 3

    Students undertaking a major in this stream should complete 3 subjects from the following list. Students completing a minor should complete two of the subjects from the following list.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    673-365  Chinese Economic Documents
    This subject is a reading course on Chinese economic and business documents. Students will be given a guided introduction to a variety of economic documents, including official policy statements, statistical material, newspaper reports and comments, ...     Semester 1     12.50

    110-303  Intensive Chinese Program: China
    This subject is intended to provide an in-country study experience for those students who are unable to study overseas for the longer period of time required by the University's exchange programme. Students will experience Chinese culture and so...     Summer     12.50

    110-304  Advanced Chinese Translation
    In this subject students will learn to translate from Chinese to English and English to Chinese. The selection of texts will be limited to modern literature and to documents and news items on politics and international affairs. In their translations ...     Semester 2     12.50

    110-305  Analysis of Contemporary Chinese Society
    This subject introduces systems of social division in contemporary China, and examines some of the ways in which Chinese society is classified and analysed. The subject is delivered in Chinese. Discussion will be based on original Chinese literary an...     Semester 2     12.50

    110-310  Advanced Seminar in Chinese
    This subject is designed to enable students to engage with Chinese language specialised academic research on humanities topics. Disciplines covered may include linguistics, social sciences, literary studies or culture studies. Students will acquire s...     Semester 1     12.50

    Chinese: Background Speakers Stream 2 ( Limited Literacy) - Level 1

    Level 1

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    110-041  Chinese 5AThis is a subject for students who have limited literacy in Chinese. Students will build on their previous study and be able to read relatively complex texts as well as increasing their knowledge of traditional Chinese culture. They should be able to...     Semester 1     12.50
    110-042  Chinese 5BThis subject is a continuation of Chinese 5A. It involves advanced spoken and written Chinese. Students will read a variety of extracts from Modern Chinese and improve their writing and speaking skills.     Semester 2     12.50

    Background Speakers Stream 2 - Level 2

    Students undertaking a major in this stream must complete the following subjects. Students completing a minor must complete Chinese Cinema, and one other subject from the list below.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    110-048  Modern Chinese Literature
    This subject examines developments in modern Chinese literature from the Literary Revolution to the present with a focus on the contemporary period. Students will study Chinese texts in class as well as read widely for the lecture. By the end of the ...     Semester 1     12.50

    110-204  Chinese Economic Documents
    This subject is a reading course on Chinese economic and business documents. Students will be given a guided introduction to a variety of economic documents, including official policy statements, statistical material, newspaper reports and comments, ...     Semester 1     12.50

    670-242  Chinese Cinema
    This is a multimedia subject, which will examine contemporary Chinese literature and film, focusing on major developments in the post-1978 era. The subject introduces students to current uses of the Chinese language through the study of contemporary ...     Semester 2     12.50

    Background Speakers Stream 2 - Level 3


    Students undertaking a major in this stream must complete 3 of the following subjects. Students completing a minor must complete Advanced Seminar in Chinese, and either Advanced Chinese Translation or Analysis of Contemporary Chinese Society.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    110-303  Intensive Chinese Program: China
    This subject is intended to provide an in-country study experience for those students who are unable to study overseas for the longer period of time required by the University's exchange programme. Students will experience Chinese culture and so...     Summer     12.50

    110-304  Advanced Chinese Translation
    In this subject students will learn to translate from Chinese to English and English to Chinese. The selection of texts will be limited to modern literature and to documents and news items on politics and international affairs. In their translations ...     Semester 2     12.50

    110-305  Analysis of Contemporary Chinese Society
    This subject introduces systems of social division in contemporary China, and examines some of the ways in which Chinese society is classified and analysed. The subject is delivered in Chinese. Discussion will be based on original Chinese literary an...     Semester 2     12.50

    110-310  Advanced Seminar in Chinese
    This subject is designed to enable students to engage with Chinese language specialised academic research on humanities topics. Disciplines covered may include linguistics, social sciences, literary studies or culture studies. Students will acquire s...     Semester 1     12.50

    Background Speakers Stream 3 (Students who have completed Secondary Education in a Chinese Environment)

    Level 1

    This stream is only available as a minor area of study in the Bachelor of Arts and is not available as breadth study outside the BA.

    Students completing the 75 point minor in this stream must complete the following subjects:

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    110-190  Chinese Cinema
    This is a multimedia subject, which will examine contemporary Chinese literature and film, focusing on major developments in the post-1978 era. The subject introduces students to current uses of the Chinese language through the study of contemporary ...     Semester 2     12.50

    670-109  Modern Chinese Literature
    This subject examines developments in modern Chinese literature from the Literary Revolution to the present with a focus on the contemporary period. Students will study Chinese texts in class as well as read widely for the lecture. By the end of the ...     Semester 1     12.50

    Background Speakers Stream 3 - Level 2

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    110-204  Chinese Economic Documents
    This subject is a reading course on Chinese economic and business documents. Students will be given a guided introduction to a variety of economic documents, including official policy statements, statistical material, newspaper reports and comments, ...     Semester 1     12.50

    110-304  Advanced Chinese Translation
    In this subject students will learn to translate from Chinese to English and English to Chinese. The selection of texts will be limited to modern literature and to documents and news items on politics and international affairs. In their translations ...     Semester 2     12.50

    Background Speakers Stream 3 - Level 3


    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    110-305  Analysis of Contemporary Chinese Society
    This subject introduces systems of social division in contemporary China, and examines some of the ways in which Chinese society is classified and analysed. The subject is delivered in Chinese. Discussion will be based on original Chinese literary an...     Semester 2     12.50

    110-310  Advanced Seminar in Chinese
    This subject is designed to enable students to engage with Chinese language specialised academic research on humanities topics. Disciplines covered may include linguistics, social sciences, literary studies or culture studies. Students will acquire s...     Semester 1     12.50

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