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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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Prerequisite
CHIN 232 or CHIN 212
Restriction
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.
Textbooks
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)
Eligibility
Suitable for students specialising in any discipline.
Contact
languages@otago.ac.nz

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

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

Tutorial

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

A cultural paper based in Chinese language.

Why did language activists propose to abolish Chinese characters and replace them with the Latin alphabet at the beginning of the 20th century? How do Chinese characters enjoy a reversal of fate in the 21st century by tapping into new media technology? This paper examines the history of modern China and the transformations of today's China in terms of the changing mediums and practices of the Chinese language. The paper is taught in English. No previous knowledge of Chinese language is required.

Paper title Chinese Language and Culture
Paper code CHIN344
Subject Chinese
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2016 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
CHIN 232 or CHIN 212
Restriction
CHIN 244
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching Arrangements
NOTE: This paper is also offered as CHIN 344 - the content of the paper is the same for both CHIN 244 and CHIN 344, but assessment is differentiated between the 2 levels.
Eligibility
Suitable for students specialising in any discipline.
Contact
languages@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Lorraine Wong
Paper Structure
The paper examines the relation between Chinese "language" and "culture" by analysing the cultural implications of different modern mediums of the Chinese language appearing in China from the late 19th century to the present. These modern mediums extend from the written form and the oral form to the Latin-alphabet-based form, the printed form, the sonic form and the digitalised form. Analysing the Chinese language in various modern mediums, this paper also takes a deliberate cultural-historical approach to understanding China in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The primary materials of this paper include not only Chinese literary texts and intellectual essays on the themes of linguistic modernisation and nationalisation, but also songs, performances, films, propaganda posters, art works and digitalised representations.

Questions to be explored include: the interface between Pinyin, Chinese characters and the Latin alphabet in relation to global media culture; Mao Zedong as a poet and a calligrapher; the allegorical articulations of the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) in the fake Chinese characters created by Chinese avant-garde artists; Internet euphemism in relation to the June 4th Incident, as well as the ways Chinese artists respond to and resist globalisation by re-imaging the Chinese script in terms of digital culture.
Textbooks
All required readings are available on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By participating in lectures, tutorials and screenings, students will gain:
  • An understanding of the complex, evolving and non-homogenous nature of the Chinese language (both as a medium and as a practice)
  • An understanding of the main themes of Chinese intellectual debates and their influences on Chinese society
  • An appreciation of Chinese culture in its changing historical contexts
  • A critical awareness of the tensions between old traditions and modern situations facing Chinese thinkers, writers and artists
By reading and completing the assigned readings/tasks, student will develop:
  • An ability to articulate the connections between modern Chinese history and media culture in the global contexts
  • A historically-informed, up-to-date and critical knowledge about the transformations of Chinese literary culture
  • An appreciation of the multiple ways in which the Chinese language is materialized around the world
  • An ability to independently investigate a particular topic focusing on aspects of past or contemporary Chinese society by refining their research and argumentation skills through essay-writing, tutorial discussion and in-class presentation

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Weeks: 28-34,36-41 Tues : 10:00-11:50

Tutorial

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