CHIN 5000 - Theories of Representation and China

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

This course will ground students in the core theoretical framework of transcultural representation through which they can analyse cultures and understand how communication is shaped by its contexts. In part one, students are provided with the tools by which they can analyse the theoretical representation of China both in the West and within China itself. These theories include myths, semiotics, orientalism, globalization, post-structuralist thought and ideologies. The course will illustrate these theories through exploring the representation of China in cultural texts and films in the West and how China represents itself to the world in its cultural forms, including the bilingual virtual realm of the Internet. In part two, students will be guided in the application of these theories to extensive research projects as developed with and approved by their supervisor. These projects will be summative in nature relating theories of representation to case studies of transcultural representations.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHIN 5000
    Course Theories of Representation and China
    Coordinating Unit Asian Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Assessment Participation (10%), presentation (15%), 2,000 word theory paper (25%), 6,500 word research essay (50%)
    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
    1 obtain knowledge and understanding of theoretical approaches to representation and a transcultural dialogue with China
    2 understand the cultural underpinnings of western research paradigms andmethodologies, and the rhetorical logic in which these are formally expressedin speech and writing
    3 frame a research problem and devise appropriate andeffective ways of investigating it in contemporary social and cultural studiescontexts
    4 appreciate conventional criteria for constructing convincing argument inEnglish
    5 develop critical reading, research and then argument and evaluation skills
    6 work cooperatively with others to solve research problems, analyse texts,present findings and critique presentations
    7 engage with, and contribute to, diverse cultural perspectives and academictraditions
    8 develop experience and confidence in participating in public discussion
    9 increase knowledge and competence in deductive essay writing
    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, 2, 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 4-6, 8
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-9
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 3, 5-7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-9
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 3, 5-6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-9
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-3, 7-9
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course takes the form of weekly seminars where students are expected to actively participate in group discussion and interrogate theoretical parameters. On-going support is provided within the curriculum by the bilingual team teaching in the classroom, and through MyUni.

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

    1 x 3 hour seminar per week 36 hours per semester
    10 hours reading per week 120 hours per semester
    6 hours research per week 72 hours per semester
    7 hours assignment preparation per week 84 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 Introduction to the course
    Week 2 Theories of Representation
    Week 3 Semiotics and Deconstruction
    Week 4 Orientalism, Occidentalism and Sinology
    Week 5 Performing Gender
    Week 6 Feminism and Femininities
    Week 7 Nationalism and Globalisation
    Week 8 Contemporary Global Literature: Reading Critically and Creatively
    Week 9 Contemporary Global Art: Perspectives and Approaches
    Week 10 Representation of Online Life
    Week 11 Student presentations
    Week 12 Student presentations
  • 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
    6000 word Research Essay Summative 50% 1-7, 9
    Seminar participation and discussion Formative and Summative 20% 1-4, 6-8
    Seminar Presentation Formative and Summative 15% 3,4,5,6,8
    2000 word Theoretical paper Formative and Summative 15% 5,9
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Seminar participation and discussion - 20% weighting.  One must pass this component to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Seminar participation and discussion: attendance and participation in seminars - 20% weighting.

    Seminar Presentation: 
    conduct a presentation on a research project from a chosen topic - 15% weighting.

    2000 word theoretical paper: annotated bibliography of 5 readings (approx 300 words for each reading); at least 3 of these must be in English - 15% weighting.

    6000 word research essay: submit an essay on a chosen topic - 50% weighting.
    Research essay and theory paper are 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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