Analysis of Contemporary Chinese Society

Subject CHIN20021 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

Time commitment totals 170 hours.


CHIN10002/CHIN20013 Chinese 10 or equivalent.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Semester 2


Recommended Background Knowledge:

CHIN30006 Analysis of Contemporary Chinese Society

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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Jia Gao



Subject Overview:

This subject introduces systems of social division in contemporary China, and examines some of the ways in which Chinese society is classified and analysed. The subject is delivered in Chinese. Discussion will be based on original Chinese literary and scholarly sources in English translation, and academic sources produced inside and outside China.

Learning Outcomes:
  • acquire written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion
  • Continuous class participation 10%
  • A reflective essay of 1,500 words 40% (before the end of Week 8)
  • A research essay of 2,500 words 50% (during the examination period)

Hurdle requirement: Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 80% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:
  • show attention to detail through essay preparation and writing.

  • acquire time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.

  • acquire public speaking skills through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations.


Formerly available as 110-054 and as 110-442 Contemporary Chinese Society. Students who have completed 110-054 or 110-442 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Chinese)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Chinese
Chinese Language Major
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Chinese

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