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.
- Diploma in Language (DipLang)
- Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons))
- Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc)
- Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts)
- Master of Arts (MA)
See the full list of Chinese (CHIN) papers.
Diploma in Language (DipLang) endorsed in Chinese
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Students admitted directly to papers at 200- or 300-level must replace their prerequisites with other papers in the subject concerned
Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Chinese
CHIN 132 Introductory Chinese 2
CHIN 231 Intermediate Chinese 1
CHIN 232 Intermediate Chinese 2
CHIN 334 Advanced Chinese 1
CHIN 335 Advanced Chinese 2
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.
180 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.
Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts
Bachelor of Arts with Honours BA(Hons) in Chinese
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Chinese
The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in Chinese is the same as the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).
Master of Arts (MA) in Chinese
Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Chinese or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Chinese must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Chinese prior to undertaking the thesis.
Master of Arts (MA) in Chinese - coursework option
CHIN 441 Advanced Topics in Chinese, and
two other approved 400-level papers
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
Five CHIN papers, at least three of which must be above 100-level, including at least one at 300-level.