CHIN 2006 - Chinese Literature & Media for Chinese Speakers

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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 Coordinator & Lecturer
    Dr. Chi-Ni William Wang
    Kenneth Wills Building
    Tel: 61-8-8313-1112
    Email: chi-ni.wang@adelaide.edu.au

    Department of Asian Studies Office
    Ms Sarah Hoggard
    Room 535, kenneth Wills Building
    Tel: 61-8-8313-5815
    Email: sarah.hoggard@adelaide.edu.au

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,2,3,4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2,4,6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4,6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    5,6,7
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    5,6,7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Basic readings required for the weekly workshop/tutorials are in the Course Reader.
    The Course Reader is available for purchase from Image and Copy Centre, Hughes Building, Level 1.
    Two copies of the course readers are on reserve at the Barr Smith Library (BSL). It will also be received from MyUni. The course reader consists of set readings for each week. Please bring the set readings for the week to the workshop/ tutorial.

    Recommended Resources
    Any anthology of classical and modern Chinese literature available in the University’s library or critical publications related to the content of each topic listed in the Reader for the course.

    The Reader for Chinese Literature & Media (can be purchased from Online Shop and then collect from the Copy and Image Centre at Level 1, Hughes Building)

    Online Learning
    It is recomended that students use Chinese websites where appropriate EG. http://www.booker.com.cn
    http://www.xinhuawz.com/periodical_detail.asp
    http://book.kanunu.org/
    http://www.eduww.com/
    http://www.cnd.org/China Academic Journal Full-Text Database (access via Barr Smith Library)

    Course information, course materialand announcement are available on MyUni
    It’s students’ responsibility to check the site regularly.


  • 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.

    Communication with coordinator/tutor

    Please communicate with the lecturer if you are encountering difficulties with the course or need clarification or help with matters relating to the course. Students can drop in to see the co-ordinator during the consultation hours or make an appointment by email. 

    We will regard an email message sent by us from MyUni or information posted to the MyUni site as our having communicated with each member of the class. Your lecturer will be responsible for marking your papers and he or she may communicate with you about your work by sending an email to your student email address. It is therefore imperative that you read your student emails and log on to MyUni regularly. If you use a personal email address regularly, you might consider requesting ITS (8313 3000) to divert your student email to that address. Failure to read emails or MyUni notices is not a valid reason for missing deadlines.


    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 10 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 132 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
    Specific Course Requirements
    It is most important to participate in tutorial discussions. Student participation
    and overall oral performance will be closely recorded as part of final marks.

    The student’s oral presentation (for assessment) must be delivered with an aid of the power point presentation or media material.
  • 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%.

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

    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%.

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

    Five Film commentaries: (each commentary 400 words in Chinese): 20%.



    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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