Chinese Studies Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
CHI 101 Elementary Chinese I
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2015-16.)

Instructor
Tsai

Introduction and development of basic skills in modern standard Chinese (Mandarin) designed for students who have no previous exposure to the Chinese language. The goal is to develop students' communicative competency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the elementary level.

CHI 102 Elementary Chinese II
Prerequisites & Notes

Chinese 101. (Not offered 2015-16.)

Instructor
Tsai

Continuation of elementary Chinese I. The goal is to develop the students' communicative competency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the elementary level.

CHI 120 Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture
Prerequisites & Notes

Taught in English. (Not offered every year.)

Instructor
Shen

Introduces several aspects of Chinese culture including Chinese cultural motifs and their cultural implications, holidays and festivals, Peking opera, 20th century Chinese drama, Chinese etymology and calligraphy, Chinese popular music, Chinese cinema, Chinese martial arts, and food. Additionally, the course will also talk about some paradoxes, dialectics, and misconceptions in Chinese culture.

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement.
Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement.

CHI 121 Introduction to Traditional Chinese Culture
Prerequisites & Notes

Taught in English. (Not offered every year.)

Instructor
Shao

Examination of key aspects of traditional Chinese culture, including birth myths, views of the body, women and sexuality, symbols of evil and folklore, feng-shui and divination, martial arts and heroism, gardens and imperial places, and traditional music.

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement.
Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement.

CHI 201 Intermediate Chinese I
Prerequisites & Notes

Chinese 102. (Fall)

Instructor
Shao

Continuing work in developing skills in standard Chinese (Mandarin). Designed for students who have had one year of Chinese at the college level. The goal is to develop the students' communicative competency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the intermediate level.

CHI 202 Intermediate Chinese II
Prerequisites & Notes

Chinese 201. (Spring)

Instructor
Shao

Continuation of Intermediate Chinese I. The goal is to develop the students' communicative competency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the intermediate level.

CHI 206 Introduction to Traditional Chinese Literature
Prerequisites & Notes

Taught in English. (Not offered every year.)

Instructor
Shao

Selection of poetry, drama and narrative from ancient times up to 1900, with special emphasis on major themes and conventions.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies Literature distribution requirement.

CHI 207 Engendering Chinese Cinema
Prerequisites & Notes

Taught in English. (Not offered every year.)

Instructor
Shen

Course examines gender relations in 20th-century China through cinematic representations. By looking in detail at the films of a few key directors and reading scholarly works, the class discusses the changing social and political positions of women in cinema from the 1920s to the 1990s, and how this change affects gender relations.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

CHI 220 Modern Chinese Fiction and Film (1919 - 1949)
Prerequisites & Notes

Taught in English.

Instructor
Shen

Explores Chinese fiction and film from 1919 to 1949. Addresses historical, political and literary or cinematic background; considers origins of modern Chinese consciousness, influence of foreign literature, images of oppressed peoples, social roles of the modern Chinese writers, family, women and gender, politics, nation and revolution. 

Satisfies a minor requirement in Chinese Studies.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in East Asian Studies.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Literary Studies, Creative Writing, cultural diversity, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

CHI 224 Martial Arts and Heroism in Chinese Fiction and Film
Prerequisites & Notes

Taught in English. (Not offered every year.)

Instructor
Shao

Introduction to the Chinese idea of martial arts heroes and its representation in fiction and film with emphasis on its historical and changing cultural contexts.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

CHI 225 Crime and the Chinese Detective Fiction and Film
Prerequisites & Notes

Taught in English.

Instructor
Shao

The purpose of this course is to build on the student's knowledge of the crime and detective fiction and film in their own language(s) and extend it to the crime and detective fiction and film in the Chinese context.  The course approaches the genre from a multi-cultural perspective.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies Literature distribution requirement.

CHI 226 In the Name of Religion: Love and Gender in Chinese Fiction and Film
Prerequisites & Notes

Taught in English.

Instructor
Shao

This course will focus on love, gender roles, and sexuality in the religious contexts:  how they are conceived of according to Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism, and how they play out separately, as well as against each other.  The course will examine two distinct but closely related literary traditions.  One is literature in religion: it is a popular practice with both Buddhism and Daoism to employ literature as a vehicle for their ideologies.  The other is religion in literature: a popular literary tradition that habitually exploits religious themes and motifs for entertainment.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies Literature distribution requirement.

CHI 228 Modern Chinese Literature in Translation
Prerequisites & Notes

Taught in English.

Instructor
Shen

This course is a survey of modern Chinese literature from around 1919 (known as the May 4th period) to the Post-Mao era.  The class functions as an introduction to modern Chinese literary works by prominent writers.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies Literature distribution requirement.

CHI 253 Business Chinese Language
Prerequisites & Notes

Chinese 202 or equivalent is required.

Instructor
Staff

Business Chinese is designed to develop students' communicative competency in reading, writing, and speaking business Chinese at the intermediate and advanced level.

CHI 265 Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Shen

This course explores issues in Chinese society and culture, and includes on-site visits to important places in China. In addition to the course requirements, students will be required to maintain a field journal. This course will also be informed by the travel experiences included in the program.

CHI 295 Independent Study
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

CHI 301 Advanced Chinese I
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Staff

Extensive reading and discussion of texts of increased difficulty, exposure to authentic Chinese materials, emphasis on expanding vocabulary, speaking and writing skills, and skills that will help further develop proficiency in Chinese.

CHI 302 Advanced Chinese II
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor
Shen

Extensive reading and discussion of difficult texts, exposure to authentic Chinese materials, emphasis on expanding vocabulary, speaking and writing skills, and skills that will help further develop proficiency in Chinese. Continuation of Chinese 301.

CHI 303 Advanced Conversational Chinese
Prerequisites & Notes

Chinese 202 or permission of the instructor. (Not offered every year.)

Instructor
Staff

To further improve students' oral proficiency to converse on various topics in daily life, perform various discourse function, and speak appropriately in different social situations.

CHI 350 Advanced Reading and Writing
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered every year.)

Instructor
Staff

CHI 351 Advanced Reading and Writing
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered every year.)

Instructor
Staff

CHI 353 Advanced Composition and Conversation
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Shen

This course is designed to develop students' communicative competency in speaking and writing at the advanced level. Students are expected to have completed three years of modern Chinese at the college level.

CHI 354 Advanced Conversation and Composition II
Prerequisites & Notes

Chinese 353 or equivalent. Students are expected to have completed three years of modern Chinese at the college level before taking this class.

Instructor
Shen

Chinese 354 is designed to develop students' communicative competency in speaking and writing at the advanced level. The course introduces students to more literary texts by famous writers including Lu Xun, Xu Dishan, Zhu Ziqing, etc. and (classical) idiomatic expressions as well as two-part allegorical expressions. Chinese 354 serves as a transitional course from modern Chinese to classical Chinese.

CHI 360 Issues in Chinese Society
Prerequisites & Notes

UG Credit

Instructor
Staff

The topic for this course rotates; it is offered by the faculty from the School of Social Development and Public Policy (taught in English). In 2016, the anticipated class will be The Chinese Marketplace, a course on the impact of globalization on China taught by an anthropologist.

CHI 395 Advanced Independent Study
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Tsai

CHI 405 Seminar: Topics in Chinese Cinema and Modern Literature
Prerequisites & Notes

Taught in English. May repeat for credit if the subject is different.

Instructor
V. Shen
 

Reading and discussion of selected works in Chinese literature and cinema. Discussion of individual research projects.

Students entering before 2012: satisfies Literature distribution requirement.

CHI 406 Seminar: Topics in Traditional Chinese Literature
Prerequisites & Notes

Taught in English. May repeat for credit if the subject is different.

Instructor
Shao

Critical study of tales, short stories and novels from 1300 to 1900, with special attention to themes, conventions, critical approaches, and the problem of adaptation from fiction to film, theater, and cartoons.

Students entering before 2012: satisfies Literature distribution requirement.

ENG 220 Literary Analysis
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor 
Campbell, Churchill, Fackler, Lewis, Miller, Nelson, Vaz

Designed for majors. Emphasizes theoretical approaches and critical strategies for the written analysis of poetry, fiction, and drama and/or film. Writing intensive. Required for the major.  Students who major in English should complete 220 by the end of the sophomore year. Those who do not meet this deadline must make special arrangements with the Chair.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

ENG 391 Literary Criticism
Prerequisites & Notes

First-year students require permission of the instructor.

 

Instructor 
Kuzmanovich

Analytic and comparative reading of major critical texts.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.

HIS 274 Youth and Revolution
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mortensen

This global history course explores the fascinating causes and dynamics of revolutions and social movements in India, China, Iran, Egypt, and the United States. Students will investigate how and why young people participated in revolutions and social movements around the world in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Key themes of the course include anti-colonialism, nationalism, communism, democracy, religion, youthful rebellion, race relations, and social media.

Satisfies a major requirement in History and East Asian Studies.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Chinese Studies.
Satisfies an interdiscplinary minor requirement in East Asian Studies and International Studies.
Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.
 

HIS 387 Memory and Identity in the People's Republic of China
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mortensen 

This course explores how the government of the People's Republic of China defines and manages ethnic and religious diversity within China, and how in turn, various ethno-religious groups in China negotiate their own sometimes fraught positions. How have local understandings of identity in China been influenced by state-driven narratives about China's collective past? How is historical memory in China incarnated in physically tangible and symbolically meaningful places, such as museums and memorials? This course draws on historical and anthropological approaches to identity, ethnicity, language, modernity, religion, nationalism, and memory to explore these questions in detail. 


Satisfies a requirement in the History major.
Satisfies a requirement in the East Asian Studies major.
Satisfies a requirement in the Chinese Studies minor.
Satisfies a requirement in the East Asian Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies a requirement in the International Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies an Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

LIT 432 Theory and Practice of Literary Translation (Seminar)
Prerequisites & Notes

Intermediate competence (one course beyond 201) in at least one language besides English and prior satisfaction of the Literature distribution requirement.

Instructors
Cheshire, Denham, Ewington, Fache, Kietrys

This seminar addresses theoretical and practical aspects of literary translation, underscoring translation as both a distinctive form of creative writing and a demonstration of cross-cultural and linguistic competencies. Coursework includes regular literary translation, theoretical and historical readings, peer review, and a substantial final project and writing portfolio. The course explores translation across languages and cultures, but also issues of genre, adaptation, register, period, colonial and post-colonial literary and cultural relations, canonicity and innovation, for example.