Elementary Chinese I
Introduction to the sound system and grammatical structures necessary to develop listening and speaking skills in Mandarin Chinese. Initial reading and writing exercises with basic Chinese characters. An appreciation of Chinese culture underlies the orientation of the course
Elementary Chinese II
Continuation of work on the sound system and grammatical structures necessary to develop listening and speaking skills in Mandarin Chineses, including reading and writing exercises with basic Chinese characters. An appreciation of Chineses culture underlies the orientation of the course
Intermediate Chinese I
Continuation of development of proficiency in listening and speaking, while expanding reading and writing skills, using materials of a literary or cultural nature. Includes a review of grammar.
Cultural, intellectual, artistic and social issues that lead to an informed understanding of Chinese film, film analysis, and China. Selected films are organized under the topics of gender, ethnicity, melodrama, and urbanism.
Survey of Chinese Literature
The development of literature in China from its beginnings to the modern period. Through study of representative works in English translation, the course offers an overview of Chinese literature and examines the role of culture and society.
Twentieth Century Chinese Lit
The development of modern Chinese literature in all genres. Through the study of the most representative works in English translation this course considers the relationship between literature and society in twentieth century China
Chinese Popular Fiction
General introduction to twentieth century Chinese popular fiction (popular romance, martial arts fiction, detective fiction, etc.) and to the critical theories that have informed the study of popular fiction. Investigation of how writers of modern Chinese popular fiction rewrite the themes of traditional domestic fiction and Western literary works into a discourse on transforming the ?modern? into storytelling. Attention will be paid to detailed readings of selected works that have occupied a conspicuous place in discussions of Chinese popular fiction in the twentieth century. The texts will be discussed in terms of characterization, structure, genre, and the cultural/historical context. Receptions of the text past and present will also be explored.
Intermediate Chinese III
A continuation of CHN 202, emphasizing oral skills and idiomatic usage. Students will be required to speak extensively in class. Supplementary materials will be added to the text.
Travel Study in Chinese Cultre
Study of the Chinese people, society, culture and civilization.
Advanced Chinese I
Continued study emphasizing advanced conversation skills. Special focus on effective exchange of more complex ideas in daily life and topics of interest.
Advanced Chinese II
Continued emphasis on advanced skills of conversation and discussion in Chinese. Special focuses include effective exchange of evolved ideas concerning various cultural topics of interest
Directed Independent Study
Chinese General Credit
Commercial Culture in China
The course examines Chinese people's views towards business at various historical moments. Beginning with ancient times, the course presents the fundamental doctrines (the schools of the Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism) that dominated business practices in Chinese culture over the last two thousand years. The next part of the course outlines the transformation of Chinese approaches to scientific thinking that accompanied cross cultural contact with the West. The final part of the course maps out the construction of modern commercial culture in China, showing how Chinese ideology is reflected in the daily practice and economic life of China.