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Study Chinese at Otago

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China is the most populous country in the world, with the fastest-growing economy. The Chinese language is the world’s most widely spoken language, used by over one billion people worldwide. Chinese speakers are found not only in China’s mainland, in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, but also in Southeast Asia, and in other countries throughout the world.

The Chinese Programme at Otago offers a broad range of papers on Chinese culture (history, society, literature, cinema, for example) and on the Chinese language from introductory level to advanced level. We also arrange in-country study for students in our partner universities in China.

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Why study Chinese?

Chinese culture is both rich and far-reaching and today China is the world’s biggest trading nation and the second largest economy. As China is an increasingly important business partner of New Zealand, learning Chinese will give you the edge over other candidates for a wide variety of jobs.

Career opportunities

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major in Chinese language and culture will give you a better chance of finding jobs in tourism, education, trade, banking, mass media, interpretation / translation, as well as in foreign affairs and other government agencies.

Combining another degree with Chinese as a minor or as a Diploma also increases students’ options in the job market. If you want to teach Chinese at primary or secondary school you need to have a BA in Chinese and a qualification in teaching. If you are thinking about a career in diplomacy, you could consider including Chinese in a degree in law, politics, history or geography.

If you are interested in teaching English in mainland China or Taiwan you will find English or linguistics useful subjects to go along with Chinese. A career in media and journalism will also greatly benefit from an additional proficiency in Chinese language. Another attractive option that has become increasingly popular among our students is combining Chinese with a degree in Commerce or Science, which opens up employment opportunities in companies that have links with China.

Background required

You can enrol in our beginner level course (CHIN131) with no previous knowledge of Chinese. If you already have some knowledge of Chinese (e.g. have studied it at high school, lived in China, or have been exposed to Chinese in a family setting), you may be able to enrol in a more advanced course (such as CHIN132 or CHIN231).

Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

Programme requirements

Diploma in Language (DipLang) endorsed in Chinese

Papers
Seven of:

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

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, GLBL 211, 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, GLBL 311, 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

Bachelor of Arts with Honours BA(Hons) in Chinese

Papers

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 (Coursework) (MA(Coursework)) in Chinese

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

Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Chinese

Thesis
  • Thesis: CHIN 5

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.

Minor subject requirements

Chinese as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc 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), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

Papers Points

Five CHIN papers, at least three of which must be above 100-level, including at least one at 300-level.

90

Papers

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
CHIN131 2021 Introductory Chinese 1 18 points First Semester
CHIN132 2021 Introductory Chinese 2 18 points Second Semester
CHIN231 2021 Intermediate Chinese 1 18 points First Semester
CHIN232 2021 Intermediate Chinese 2 18 points Second Semester
CHIN241 2021 Contemporary Chinese Society 18 points First Semester
CHIN242 2021 Screening Chinese Cinemas 18 points Not offered in 2021
CHIN243 2021 Reading Chinese Literature in the World 18 points Not offered in 2021
CHIN244 2021 Writing China: Texts, Ideas and History 18 points First Semester
CHIN250 2021 Practical Chinese: Chinese/English Translation 18 points Second Semester
CHIN334 2021 Advanced Chinese 1 18 points First Semester
CHIN335 2021 Advanced Chinese 2 18 points Second Semester
CHIN342 2021 Screening Chinese Cinemas 18 points Not offered in 2021
CHIN343 2021 Reading Chinese Literature in the World 18 points Not offered in 2021
CHIN344 2021 Writing China: Texts, Ideas and History 18 points First Semester
CHIN441 2021 Advanced Topics in Chinese 20 points First Semester, Second Semester
CHIN451 2021 Studies in Chinese 20 points First Semester, Second Semester
CHIN452 2021 Studies in Chinese 2 20 points First Semester, Second Semester
CHIN490 2021 Dissertation 60 points First Semester, Second Semester
CHIN590 2021 Research Dissertation 60 points 1st Non standard period, 2nd Non standard period

Key information for future students

Contact us

School of Arts
Languages and Cultures Programme
Web otago.ac.nz/chinese