Home » 2011/2012 GE Model » CHIN112 – Chinese Language and Chinese Literature
Suggested Year of Study:1theme-1
Duration:1 Semester
Credit units:3
Offering unit:FAH

Department of Chinese Language and Literature



Course Description

This course covers topics such as characteristics of Chinese language, its significance as one of the global languages, its relationship with Chinese cultures and communities, and its expression in Chinese literature. The focus of the last topic may change in accordance with the expertise of individual instructors, possible areas including traditional Chinese poetry, traditional Chinese fiction and drama, modern Chinese literature, contemporary Chinese literature, and Chinese literature in the world. This is a discussion-oriented, student-centered course in which all students are expected to engage in class discussions and critical analysis of the reading materials. The language used in the classroom is Putonghua.


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Raise their awareness of the significance of Chinese language as one of the global languages;
  2. Assess and critically evaluate the significances, diversity, application, and function of Chinese language from a global perspective;
  3. Enhance their Chinese language proficiency by a deeper understanding of Chinese language, reading a number of literary masterpieces, classroom discussions and presentations, and writing literary works and research papers;
  4. Deepen their understanding of Chinese culture and society and develop their aesthetic responsiveness, interpretive ability and critical thinking through reading and analyzing literary texts in the context of socio-cultural studies, linguistics, literary theories, and aesthetics.