CHIN 3231 - Issues in Chinese Culture for Chinese Speakers
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
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 languages 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 hopefully possess a different cultural perspective on their own culture and society.
Course Coordinator: Dr Chi-Ni William WangDr. Chi-Ni William Wang
641 Kenneth Wills Building
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Lecture and tutorials start on 25 July.
Course Learning OutcomesAt 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) 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, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10 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
2, 3, 5, 6 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
1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9,10 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
7, 8, 9, 10 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
7, 8, 9, 10 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
1, 6, 7, 9, 10
Required ResourcesCourse Reader:
Issues in Chinese Culture for Chinese Speakers
(The Course Reader can be purchased from Image and Copy)
In addition to weekly readings, you are required to supplement reading by researching useful relevant materials in the Barr Smith library.
Library Resources and Tutorial
Students who are not already familiar with the Barr Smith library should take a tour, and complete the on-line library tutorial at
For “Issues in Chinese Culture for Chinese Speakers” course check
out the page: http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/c.php?g=165051&p=1084940
The Barr-Smith Library also has several useful academic search engines.
For more info on China:
These pages contain lists of relevant catalogue search terms, relevant databases for finding journal articles, and useful websites.
It is an excellent resource; you should make it your first stop for research assignments.
For any further help in finding or using library resources please come in to see or contact Qing Liang, your Research Librarian for Asian Studies,
ph. 8313 3863, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Recommended ResourcesEnglish resources
The most useful academic journals for our purposes are marked:
The China Journal (used to be called Australian Journal of Chinese Affairs)
Asian Studies Review
Journal of Asian Studies
Critical Asian Studies (used to be Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars)
Problems of Communism
Studies in Comparative Communism
Students can get from the Barr Smith Library's datebase link "China Academic Journals Full-Text Database".
See MyUni. Please remember to check your MyUni regularly because some of the announcements and notices will be publicised on that.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe 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.
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 Nationalism & China Dream Week 7 gender and Chinese Women Week 8 Rural Society Week 9 Ancestors Worship & Authority Dependency Week 10 Chinese Education System Week 11 Belief systems Week 12 Cultural Safety and other issues
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Participation Formative and summative weekly 10% 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 Bibliographical
Formative and Summative 22 August 5% 6, 8 Tutorial
Formative and Summative weekly 15% 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 Tutorial paper
(1000-1200 words in English or in Chinese characters)
Formative and Summative 7 days after presentation 20% 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 Research Essay (2800-3000 words in English or in Chinese characters) Formative and Summative 31 October 5pm 50% 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance and participation in lectures and tutorials is required.
Assessment DetailAttendance 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 Chinese characters - 20% weighting.
Research essay: students will submit an essay of 2800-3000 English words or Chinese characters - 50% weighting.
SubmissionAll written work for this course must be typed on A4 paper, by using size 12 of standard fonts, e.g. Arial, Arial Narrow, Calibri,
Times New Roman in English or Kaiti in Chinese.
Text should be double-spaced, with standard margins.
For your tutorial paper and major essay:
They must be submitted online via the relevant MyUni course site. You are required to submit:
a PDF format into Turnitin (via MyUni)
You can find the information to submit both in the Assignments folder in MyUni website.
Assignment files must be converted to A4 size PDF before being submitted to MyUni - for assistance in converting your
assignment file to PDF, please see http://www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/tutorials/content/ICC_Printed_Assignment_PDF_creation.html
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Extensions are to be applied for in writing or email before the due date. Accompanying documentation (e.g. medic doctor's
certificate, note from counsellor) to substantiate your case is required for an extension to be granted. Papers received late without an agreed extension by the tutor or lecturer will incur a 5% penalty per day including weekends. In some cases very late work may be accepted and marked but on a pass (50%) or fail basis.
Return of assignments
Marked assignments will be returned to you via MyUni.
Students who are not happy with the grade awarded to a piece of work may approach the course coordiantor to have the work re-assessed by a second marker.
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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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 CEQ 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
course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at least once every 2 years. Feedback
on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled
students through various resources (e.g. MyUni).
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