Honours Chinese A

Subject CHIN90001 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

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

3 contact hours/week , 8-10 additional hours/week. Total of 10-13 hours per week.


Admission into the fourth-year honours program in Chinese.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Lewis Mayo


Subject Overview:

This is an advanced language subject for honours students in Chinese. It will develop students' ability to handle Chinese texts and oral Chinese over a wide range of subject matter such as official documents, academic articles, discussion papers and literary works. Students are expected to develop skills in translation, writing in Chinese and oral presentation.

Learning Outcomes:
  • gain enhanced skills in the comprehension of written Chinese
  • become confident in the translation of a range of written Chinese material, including literary texts, official documents and academic articles, etc.
  • improve their skills in the comprehension of spoke Chinese, including material on special topics
  • be able to engage with a complex cultural system and develop heightened global awareness.

Short translation assignment 20% (due mid-semester). short essay 20% (due end of semester).oral presentation 10% (due end of semester). 2 hour final examination 50%(examination period).

Prescribed Texts:

Materials prepared by the Institute

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • develop research skills through frequent and systematic use of the library and other information sources, the definition of areas of inquiry, and familiarisation with research methods
  • be trained in critical thinking and analysis through required and recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by assessing the arguments expressed in the reading materials
  • learn to think in theoretical and analytical terms: through lectures, tutorial discussion, essay writing and engagement in the methodologies of the humanities and social sciences.
  • acquire an understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and an international awareness of the world. They will do so by developing critical self-awareness, contextualising judgements and knowledge, opening themselves to new ideas and new aspects of Chinese culture, and formulating arguments
  • be able to communicate knowledge clearly and economically, through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations. They will be trained to give attention to detail through close reading, textual analysis, and essay writing. The class presentations and tutorial participation will train them in public speaking and enhance their confidence in self-expression
  • learn to plan and manage their time through organising their workloads for required reading and meeting deadlines for essays and assignments


Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Chinese

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