CRWR 2014 - Writing China In Country

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2015

The course introduces students to intercultural dialogue through responsive reading and creative writing, with special reference to China. Students will encounter modern and contemporary Chinese literature in English translation and be introduced to Chinese language and culture through intensive study at Beijing Foreign Studies University. The course develops the capacity to interpret the experience of China through discussion, critical reading and creative writing. Pre-departure briefing sessions will prepare students and in-country peer-led workshops will help students produce written work for submission on return. Students are encouraged to explore the various contexts of their interactions with China and to respond in appropriate ways.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CRWR 2014
    Course Writing China In Country
    Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 2 x 3 hours pre-departure seminars, 12 hours per week for 3 weeks
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assumed Knowledge High level of proficiency in reading and writing English
    Quota A quota will apply; students will be selected on merit. Note: Course offered subject to minimum course enrolments.
    Course Description The course introduces students to intercultural dialogue through responsive reading and creative writing, with special reference to China. Students will encounter modern and contemporary Chinese literature in English translation and be introduced to Chinese language and culture through intensive study at Beijing Foreign Studies University. The course develops the capacity to interpret the experience of China through discussion, critical reading and creative writing. Pre-departure briefing sessions will prepare students and in-country peer-led workshops will help students produce written work for submission on return. Students are encouraged to explore the various contexts of their interactions with China and to respond in appropriate ways.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Nicholas Jose

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Discuss a range of modern and contemporary Chinese literature in English translation
    2 Understand the themes and issues explored by modern and contemporary Chinese authors, with an understanding of relevant cultural, social and literary contexts
    3 Develop creative and critical responses to such writing, as part of a dialogue or conversation, including with peers
    4 Interpret the experience of encountering China in-country, in reading, writing, workshops and class discussion
    5 Produce a written response in an appropriate chosen form, to professional standards
    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. 1,2,3,4,5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2,3,4,5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3,4,5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3,4,5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4,5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2,3,4,5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2,3,4,5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2,3,4,5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    To be announced. Texts may include works by Lu Xun, Ba Jin, Xu Zhimo and Zhang Ailing (Eileen Chang) and others.
    Recommended Resources
    To be announced.
    Online Learning
    MyUni and other resources to be announced.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Teaching and learning modes may include seminars, workshops and online sessions.
    Workload

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

    2 x 3 hour pre-departure seminars 6 hours
    3 x 4 hour workshops (over 3 weeks) 36 hours
    15 hours reading per week (over 3 weeks) 45 hours
    12 hours writing practice per week (over 3 weeks)      36 hours
    33 hours assignment preparation 33 hours
    Total 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Provisional. Learning activities may include seminars, workshops and writing exercises.
    Schedule
    Week 1 Pre-departure sessions - course introduction and introduction to China
    Intensive: introduction to modern and contemporary Chinese literature
    Week 2 Intensive: introduction to Chinese language and culture
    Week 3 Writing exercises and peer-led workshiops
    Week 4 Development of 4500 written piece or portfolio


  • Assessment

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    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 Course learning objectives
    Attendance & participation Formative & summative 10% 1-4
    Workshop exercises Summative 20% 1-4
    4500 word essay or portfolio Summative 70% 3-5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    All assessment must be attempted for successful completion of the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment details are to be announced.
    Submission
     Assessment is to be submitted in the form prescribed for individual items. To be announced.
    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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