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Study Chinese at Otago

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Overview

Asia is important to New Zealand's future. For economic, political and cultural reasons, New Zealand's involvement with Asia and the Pacific is desirable, inevitable and irreversible. It is crucial that New Zealanders know more about Asia, understand its cultures, history, political and economic systems and learn its languages. Links between New Zealand and Chinese-speaking countries and regions are rapidly growing.

Chinese is a language of major international importance. Modern Standard Chinese (also known as Mandarin, Putonhua or Guoyu) is spoken in the People's Republic of China and Taiwan, and increasingly in Singapore and Hong Kong. China is the oldest continuous civilisation surviving today with a recorded history of over 3000 years and consequently Chinese culture is both rich and influential.

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Contact details

Website otago.ac.nz/chinese

Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Chinese (CHIN) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Diploma in Language (DipLang) endorsed in Chinese

Papers

Students admitted directly to papers at 200- or 300-level must replace their prerequisites with other papers in the subject concerned

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Diploma in Language and Culture (DipLangC) endorsed in Chinese

No new enrolments are being accepted for this programme.

Papers

Seven CHIN papers, including at least two 300-level CHIN papers:

  • At least one of:
  • At least four of:

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Chinese

Level Papers Points
100-level

Two of:
CHIN 131  Introductory Chinese 1

CHIN 132  Introductory Chinese 2

One of ASIA 101, GLBL 101

18

18

18

200-level

CHIN 231  Intermediate Chinese 1

CHIN 232  Intermediate Chinese 2

One of CHIN 241, CHIN 242, CHIN 243, CHIN 244, CHIN 250, ASIA 201, ASIA 202, GLBL 201, GLBL 202, HIST 204

18

18

18

300-level

CHIN 334  Advanced Chinese 1

CHIN 335  Advanced Chinese 2

Two of CHIN 342, CHIN 343, CHIN 344, ASIA 301, ASIA 302, GLBL 301, GLBL 302, HIST 304, POLS 318

Note: Students with previous knowledge of Chinese will be placed in CHIN language papers appropriate to their level. Students placed in 200- or 300-level language papers will still have to pass approved papers worth 180 points in order to major in Chinese.

18

18

 36

Plus

180 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

198
Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours BA(Hons) in Chinese

Papers

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Master of Arts (MA) in Chinese

Thesis
  • Thesis: CHIN 5

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Master of Arts (MA) in Chinese - coursework option

Papers
  • CHIN 590 Research Dissertation
  • Two of:
    HUMS 501 Writing and Revision for Graduate Research
    HUMS 502 Research Methods in the Humanities
    HUMS 503 Key Debates in the Humanities

  • Either:
    CHIN 441 Advanced Topics in Chinese
    CHIN 451 Studies in Chinese
    CHIN 452 Studies in Chinese 2
  • or
    CHIN 441 Advanced Topics in Chinese, and
    two other approved 400-level papers

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Minor Subject Requirements

Chinese as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Papers Points

Five CHIN papers, at least one of which must be at 300-level and including at least two of:

90

Total 90

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