CHIN 3231 - Issues in Chinese Culture for Chinese Speakers

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course introduces major issues in the study of Chinese society and culture. It caters for the special needs of international students with native or near native Chinese language proficiency who are studying in an English language environment. The course is designed to help bridge the gaps between Chinese and Australian education systems and improve students' learning experiences. It aims at providing Chinese-speaking international students with a fully formed, language rich and research rigorous alternative directly relevant to their experiences and futures. It focuses on key social and cultural issues in modern China and examines the influence of traditional society on them. The instructing language will be in both Chinese and English. By the end of the semester students will be familiar with some of the central concerns of Chinese culture and with a different cultural perspective from which to view oneself, one's culture and society.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHIN 3231
    Course Issues in Chinese Culture for Chinese Speakers
    Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 undergraduate study
    Incompatible CHIN 1002, CHIN 1012, CHIN 2002, CHIN 2102, CHIN 2012, CHIN 3002, CHIN 3202, CHIN 3212, CHIN 3012, CHIN 3213
    Assumed Knowledge Native or near native Chinese language proficiency.
    Course Description This course introduces major issues in the study of Chinese society and culture. It caters for the special needs of international students with native or near native Chinese language proficiency who are studying in an English language environment. The course is designed to help bridge the gaps between Chinese and Australian education systems and improve students' learning experiences. It aims at providing Chinese-speaking international students with a fully formed, language rich and research rigorous alternative directly relevant to their experiences and futures. It focuses on key social and cultural issues in modern China and examines the influence of traditional society on them. The instructing language will be in both Chinese and English. By the end of the semester students will be familiar with some of the central concerns of Chinese culture and with a different cultural perspective from which to view oneself, one's culture and society.
    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 Engage with the ideas and perspectives of other learners
    2 Develop the ability to set appropriate goals and to work independently and/orcooperatively
    3 Develop skills in synthesising and contextualising new information
    4 Develop skills and confidence in participating in public discussion
    5 Develop essay writing skills and the ability to communicate ideas effectively
    6 Acquire research training skills, and the ability to argue from evidence
    7 Gain an understanding of and respect for cultural differences and diversities intranscultural communication
    8 Develop an awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities
    9 Acquire a different cultural perspective from which to view oneself, one’s culture and society
    10 Acquire discipline specific knowledge and specialised understanding of cross-cultural theories and debates
    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. 1,3,5,6,
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,5,6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,2,5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 7,8,9
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4,8,9,10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 8,9,10
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course consists of one two hour lecture and one tutorial.  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 students who speak both Chinese and English to orient towards problem-based learning and to adapt to an Australian learning context. Combining formative and summative assessments, the course delivers blended models of learning through MyUni. to cater for the specific needs of multilingual and multicultural learners.

    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
    2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    6 hours reading per week 72 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 Introduction: Chinese Cultural Studies
    Week 2 Boundarirs: Chinese Culture and Global Culture
    Week 3 How to write an research essay?
    Week 4 Orientalism and Postmodernism
    Week 5 Modernisation of Confucianism
    Week 6 The Literati Tradition and Inteligencia
    Week 7 gender and Chinese Women
    Week 8 Rural Society
    Week 9 Ancestors Worship vs. Authority Dependency
    Week 10 Chinese Education System
    Week 11 Belief systems
    Week 12 Cultural Safety and other issues
  • 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 Formative and summative 10% 1,2,7,8,9
    Bibliographical
    Exercise
    Formative and Summative 5% 6
    Tutorial
    Presentation
    Formative and Summative 15% 1,2,4,7,
    Tutorial paper
    (1000-1200 words in English or 1500 in Chinese characters)
    Formative and Summative 20% 2,3,5,6,10
    Research Essay (2800-3000 words in English or 3500 in Chinese characters) Formative and Summative 50% 2,3,5,6,10
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance and participation in lectures and tutorials is required.
    Assessment Detail
    Attendance and participation in lectures and tutorials - 10% weighting.

    Bibliographical Exercise: open book exercise in class - 5% weighting.

    Tutorial presentation: students will introduce one tutorial topic to the whole group - 15% weighting.

    Tutorial paper: students will submit a minor research paper of 1000-1200 English words (or 1500 Chinese characters) - 20% weighting.

    Research essay: students will submit an essay of 2800-3000 English words (or 3500 Chinese characters) - 50% weighting.
    Submission
    Tutorial paper is submitted via hard copy to tutor and also electronically via MyUni.
    Research essay is 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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