CHIN 2006 - Chinese Literature & Media for Chinese Speakers

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

The course introduces a wide range of writings in Chinese literature and thought. The texts of diverse styles and genres are derived from Chinese literature and media sources including newspapers, journals, novels and other written or audio-visual materials. The lectures will be arranged thematically with the topics such as ethics and literary values, imagination and literary reflections of the changing society, and the Chinese vernacular stories and Magic Realism. Methods of comparative literature will be applied in analysing and exploring the original texts and/or translations. By the end of the course students will have acquired a further knowledge of literature, media and Chinese thought. It is anticipated that the students will have had their communication skills consolidated, and their writing styles, analytical and critical abilities significantly improved.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHIN 2006
    Course Chinese Literature & Media for Chinese Speakers
    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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible CHIN 1014
    Assumed Knowledge Native or near native Chinese language proficiency.
    Course Description The course introduces a wide range of writings in Chinese literature and thought. The texts of diverse styles and genres are derived from Chinese literature and media sources including newspapers, journals, novels and other written or audio-visual materials. The lectures will be arranged thematically with the topics such as ethics and literary values, imagination and literary reflections of the changing society, and the Chinese vernacular stories and Magic Realism. Methods of comparative literature will be applied in analysing and exploring the original texts and/or translations.
    By the end of the course students will have acquired a further knowledge of literature, media and Chinese thought. It is anticipated that the students will have had their communication skills consolidated, and their writing styles, analytical and critical abilities significantly improved.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Chi-Ni William Wang

    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 Acquire an understanding and appreciation of Chinese tradition and its modern transformations
    2 Integrate theoretical knowledge with empirical examples; developing skills in synthesising and contextualising new information
    3 Learn to think critically; learn analytic skills for developing and defending an argument
    4 Learn to present ideas to a group and engage with the ideas and perspectives of other learners
    5 Acquire a different cultural perspective from which to view oneself, one’s culture and one’s society
    6 Show confidence in communicating interacting with different cultures as necessary for the role of a leadership
    7 Interpret cultural issues in a wide global and ethical context
    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. 2, 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 3
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4, 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 5 7
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5, 6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 7
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    All lectures and tutorials are delivered in Chinese. The lectures provide the background and insight of the cultural issues as well the essential perspectives and themes of the tradition and concepts related to readings of Chinese literature and media. The tutorials in small classes are conducted in a communicative and interactive mode. The discussions constructed around the tutorial questions and the texts aim at a process of problem-solving and the improvement of interpreting, writing and analytical skills.
    Workload

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

    1 x 2-hour lecture (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 Lesson 1: Introduction
    Week 2 Lesson 2: Marriage
    Week 3 Lesson 3: Biography
    Week 4 Lesson 4: Individual Dignity
    Week 5 Lesson 5: Cultural Tradition & Value
    Week 6 Lesson 6: National Characters / Nationality
    Week 7 Lesson 7: Modern Literature – Novels I
    Week 8 Lesson 8: Modern Literature – Novels II
    Week 9 Lesson 9: Travel Notes / Travels
    Week 10 Lesson 10: News and History (Common Experiences from the both sides of the Taiwan Strait & Taiwan’s Literature in the 1980s)
    Week 11 Lesson 11: New Generation’s Literature – Online Literature
    Week 12 Lesson 12: Conclusion & Course Review/Assessment
  • 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 Learning Outcome
    Participation and discussion Formative and Summative 15% 1-7
    Tutorial presentation Formative and Summative 15% 1-7
    5 x 300 word film commentaries Formative and Summative 20% 1-7
    1000 word tutorial paper Formative and Summative 15% 1-7
    2500 word essay Summative 35% 1-7
    Assessment Detail
    Participation and discussion: students will participate in tutorials and discuss various topics from the lectures - 15% weighting.

    Tutorial presentation: students will submit a presentation based on one tutorial topic of their choice - 15% weighting.

    1000 word tutorial paper: students will submit a paper based on a tutorial topic of their choice, which is to be in either English or Chinese - 15% weighting.

    2500 word essay: students will submit an essay in either English or Chinese - 35% weighting.
    Essay (2,500 words in Chinese or English) 35%

    Five Film commentaries: (each commentary 300 words in Chinese): 20% weighting.



    Submission
    Information will be available upon enrolment.
    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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