Modern Chinese Literature

Subject CHIN20005 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours of language classes per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Time commitment totals 170 hours.


CHIN10008Chinese 4 Post VCE



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

CHIN10010 Modern Chinese Literature and CHIN30010 Modern Chinese Literature.

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:


Prof Anne Mclaren


Professor Anne Mclaren

Subject Overview:

This subject examines developments in modern Chinese literature from the Literary Revolution to the present with a focus on the contemporary period. Students will be encouraged to use digital technologies to facilitate reading comprehension in Chinese. By the end of the subject students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the major developments in modern Chinese literature since the Literary Revolution and of popular literature in Contemporary China. They should significantly improve their skills in reading comprehension and cultural analysis of Chinese texts.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

develop an appreciation of the key literary masterpieces of modern Chinese literature within their socio-political context;
develop foundational skills in reading literary texts in Chinese;
engage with critical issues in the role of politics and ideology in contemporary Chinese intellectual life;
develop further written communication skills through essay writing;
acquire time management and planning skills through the management and organisation of workloads for assessment completion.


Online class exercises (weekly) 10%. Completion of 80 % of the exercises is a threshold requirement. Mid-semester test 20%, an essay of 1500 words in English (mid-semester) 30% and a 2-hour examination 50% (due during the examination period). 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. 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.

Prescribed Texts:

Subject readers will be available from the University Bookshop.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

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

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Chinese)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Chinese
Chinese Language Major
Chinese Studies

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