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CHIN344 Chinese Language and Culture

A cultural paper based in Chinese language.

As China is an increasingly important business partner of New Zealand, learning more about Chinese culture will give you the edge over other candidates for a wide variety of jobs. This paper offers you a first-hand examination of what China is today by examining a variety of cultural texts.

Paper title Chinese Language and Culture
Paper code CHIN344
Subject Chinese
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $810.90
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,390.00

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CHIN 232 or CHIN 212
CHIN 244
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Paola Voci
Paper Structure
The paper explores issues in contemporary Chinese culture and society with a particular focus on the most recent developments (1980s-2010s). The course is organized thematically and explores a variety of texts and media.
All required readings are available on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, lifelong learning, communication, cultural understanding, self-motivation. View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By participating in lectures, tutorials, completing the assigned homework, and via other independent learning activities, students will gain:
  • Increased confidence in reading,writing, and conversational skills
  • Increased understanding of Chinese culture
More specifically, the paper's expected learning outcomes aim at developing:
  • The transition from textbook content to other reading materials
  • The transition from descriptive to more critical presentations (both orally and in writing)
Suitable for students specialising in any discipline.
More information link
NOTE: this paper is also offered as CHIN 244 - the content of the paper is the same for both CHIN 244 and CHIN 344, but assessment is differentiated between the two levels.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Weeks: 28-34,36-41 Mon : 15:00-16:50


Weeks: 28-34,36-41 Wed : 16:00-16:50