ASIA 1101 - Introduction to Chinese Society and Culture

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

This course introduces both Chinese language and non-language students to aspects of Chinese culture and society through the use of lectures and videos and which may include newspaper articles, scholarly papers and stories etc. We learn about some key aspects of Chinese society and some ways in which China's past influences the present. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach, making it an excellent introduction to students of Chinese, Asian Studies and those majoring in International Studies, History, Politics or Anthropology. It will also help any student doing commerce or trade-related courses. With China's political and economic importance increasing every day, this is a course that no student can afford to miss if only to find out what you should go on to find out more about. Topics can include the idea of Confucianism, the roles and/or consequences of Daoism, Buddhism and folk religion, key aspects of cultural interactions (eg "face" or guanxi), the consequences of geography, traditional China and Chinese society under communism.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ASIA 1101
    Course Introduction to Chinese Society and Culture
    Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Course Description This course introduces both Chinese language and non-language students to aspects of Chinese culture and society through the use of lectures and videos and which may include newspaper articles, scholarly papers and stories etc. We learn about some key aspects of Chinese society and some ways in which China's past influences the present. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach, making it an excellent introduction to students of Chinese, Asian Studies and those majoring in International Studies, History, Politics or Anthropology. It will also help any student doing commerce or trade-related courses. With China's political and economic importance increasing every day, this is a course that no student can afford to miss if only to find out what you should go on to find out more about.

    Topics can include the idea of Confucianism, the roles and/or consequences of Daoism, Buddhism and folk religion, key aspects of cultural interactions (eg "face" or guanxi), the consequences of geography, traditional China and Chinese society under communism.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Xianlin Song

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Obtain knowledge and understanding of issues on Chinese society and culturecovered in the course
    2 Understand cultural underpinnings of Chinese society and learn to interpretand analyse Chinese society from inside out
    3 Integrate theoretical knowledge with empirical evidence
    4 Learn to engage with the ideas and perspectives of other learners
    5 Learn to analyse issues in Chinese society and culture critically andcreatively
    6 Learn analytic skills for developing and defending an argument
    7 Develop skills in synthesising and contextualisingnew information
    8 Develop skills and confidence in participating inpublic discussion
    9 Develop essay writing skills
    10 Acquire research training skills
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 5-7, 9-10
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-10
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4, 8
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2, 5, 7-10
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-10
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The lectures provide an overview on the topic each week and the tutorial offers a problem-solving approach to learning. The course is especially designed for first year students to orient towards problem-based learning and to adapt to an advanced technological learning context.
     

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    2 x 1-hour lectures (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Approaches to Chinese Society & Culture I: Confucianism, Communism, Consumerism
    Week 2 Approaches to Chinese Society & Culture II: The Symbolic Nature of Chinese Culture: the Great Wall
    Week 3 Approaches to Chinese Society & Culture III: Orientalism, Occidentalism and Sinology
    Week 4 Race, Nation, Identity and National Characteristics 
    Week 5 How to write a research essay
    Week 6 The Foundations of Communist Culture
    Week 7 Ancestors Worship vs. Authority Dependency
    Week 8 Urban Society
    Week 9 The Literati Tradition and Intellectuals as a Class
    Week 10 Rural Society
    Week 11 Gender and Women
    Week 12 Current Issues and Overview
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Participation Formative and summative 10% 1-6, 8
    Tutorial presentation Formative and summative 15% 4, 5, 8
    Research essay (2,300 words) Summative 40% 1-7, 9, 10
    Reflective commentary Formative and summative 5% 1, 3, 5, 8
    Take-home exam (1,500 words) Summative 30% 1-7, 9, 10
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students should attend all the lectures. The weekly lecture introduces different aspects of Chinese
    society and culture and contextualizes the issues found in the weekly readings. The tutorial is conducted on the assumption that every student has attended the lecture and has an adequate understanding of the topic.
    Assessment Detail
    Participation: participation in lectures and tutorial - 10% weighting.

    Tutorial presentation: brief presentation on one tutorial topic - 15% weighting.

    Research essay: a 2300 word essay on a chosen topic - 40% weighting.

    Reflective commentary: a 200 word critical commentary on a video watched during tutorial - 5% weighting.

    Take-home exam: a 1500 word exam which can be done at home - 30% weighting.
    Submission
    All assignments must be submitted electronically via MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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