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Undergraduate Course Descriptions 2009-2010
Last updated 10/20/2009


02433/Chinese

General Education

0811. Asian Behavior & Thought: Four Asian Models Shaping Your Action (3 s.h.) RCI: GB.

We incessantly engage ourselves in doing things. We are beings-at-doing. We define ourselves by the kind of actions we perform. How we act or conduct ourselves is shaped by the kind of self we construct for ourselves. And that self is shaped by the society into which we happen to be born. Self-identity, which is socially and culturally constructed by our experiences and interactions with others, carries a personal as well as an interpersonal meaning. Learn the four Asian paradigmatic cases of self-identity and examine your self in light of them.

Note: This course fulfills the Human Behavior (GB) requirement for students under GenEd and Individual & Society (IN) for students under Core.

Students cannot receive credit for this course if they have successfully completed any of the following: ASIA ST 0811, CR LANG 0811, PHILOS 0811, REL 0811/0911, or Japanese 0811.

0815. Language in Society (3 s.h.) RCI: GB.

How did language come about? How many languages are there in the world? How do people co-exist in countries where there are two or more languages? How do babies develop language? Should all immigrants take a language test when applying for citizenship? Should English become an official language of the United States? In this course we will address these and many other questions, taking linguistic facts as a point of departure and considering their implications for our society. Through discussions and hands-on projects, students will learn how to collect, analyze, and interpret language data and how to make informed decisions about language and education policies as voters and community members.

Note: This course fulfills the Human Behavior (GB) requirement for students under GenEd and Individual & Society (IN) for students under Core.

Students cannot receive credit for this course if they have successfully completed any of the following: ANTHRO 0815, Asian Studies 0815, EDUC 0815, English 0815, Italian 0815, PSYCH 0815, Russian 0815, Spanish 0815, or CSC+DIS 0815.

0868. World Society in Literature & Film (3 s.h.) RCI: GG.

(Formerly: GE-WRLD 0060.)

Learn about a particular national cultureóRussian, Indian, French, Japanese, Italian, for example, each focused upon in separate sections of this courseóby taking a guided tour of its literature and film. You donít need to speak Russian, Hindu, French or Japanese to take one of these exciting courses, and you will gain the fresh, subtle understanding that comes from integrating across different forms of human expression. Some of the issues that will be illuminated by looking at culture through the lens of literature and film: Family structures and how they are changing, national self-perceptions, pivotal moments in history, economic issues, social change and diversity.

Note: This course fulfills the World Society (GG) requirement for students under GenEd and International Studies (IS) for students under Core.

Students cannot receive credit for this course if they have successfully completed any of the following: Arabic 0868/0968, ASIA ST 0868, English 0868/0968, French 0868/0968, German 0868/0968, Hebrew 0868, Italian 0868/0968, LAS 0868/0968, Russian 0868/0968, Spanish 0868/0968, Chinese 0968, or Japanese 0868/0968.

General Education Honors

0968. Honors World Society in Literature & Film (3 s.h.) RCI: GG.

Learn about a particular national cultureóRussian, Indian, French, Japanese, Italian, for example, each focused upon in separate sections of this courseóby taking a guided tour of its literature and film. You donít need to speak Russian, Hindu, French or Japanese to take one of these exciting courses, and you will gain the fresh, subtle understanding that comes from integrating across different forms of human expression. Some of the issues that will be illuminated by looking at culture through the lens of literature and film: Family structures and how they are changing, national self-perceptions, pivotal moments in history, economic issues, social change and diversity. (This is an Honors course.)

Note: This course fulfills the World Society (GG) requirement for students under GenEd and International Studies (IS) for students under Core.

Students cannot receive credit for this course if they have successfully completed any of the following: Arabic 0868/0968, ASIA ST 0868, English 0868/0968, French 0868/0968, German 0868/0968, Hebrew 0868, Italian 0868/0968, LAS 0868/0968, Russian 0868/0968, Spanish 0868/0968, Chinese 0868, or Japanese 0868/0968.

Lower Division Courses

1001. Chinese Elements I (4 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: CR LANG 0066.)

First semester level of Mandarin Chinese. Assumes no prior knowledge.

1002. Chinese Elements II (4 s.h.) S. RCI: LC.

(Formerly: CR LANG 0067.)

Prerequisite: Chinese 1001 (Critical Languages 0066) or permission of instructor.

Second semester level of Mandarin Chinese.

Upper Division Courses

2001. Chinese Intermediate I (3 s.h.) F. RCI: LC.

(Formerly: CR LANG C166.)

Prerequisite: Chinese 1002 (Critical Languages 0067) or permission of instructor.

Third semester of Mandarin Chinese.

2002. Chinese Intermediate II (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: CR LANG 0167.)

Prerequisite: Chinese 2001 (Critical Languages C166) or permission of instructor.

Fourth semester of Mandarin Chinese.

2011. Pre-Modern Chinese Literature (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: CR LANG 0118.)

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to Chinese literature from its inception to the early 18th century. Some of the courseís readings are drawn from works well known in the west like the Book of Songs, Zhaungzi, the poems of the Tang poets Wang Wei, Li Bai, Du Fu, and Bai Juyi, and the Song poet Su Shi, and short stories by the dramatist and novelist Li Yu. Other readings include works less well known in the west but long considered central to various literary and performance traditions by many Chinese. This course will present its readings with an emphasis on their cultural and historical contexts. Special attention will be paid to the place they have in various Chinese literary traditions and how these traditions have contributed to both Chinese ways of understanding their own cultural heritage and how they have influenced western understandings of that heritage.

Mode: Lecture.

2013. Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature in Translation (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: English 0802, 0812, 0902, 1002 (C050) or equivalent.

Cross Listed with Asian Studies 2013.

This course focuses on 20th- and 21st-century literature from China. Among the major themes of the course are socio-political and cultural upheaval and transformation, fiction and nation, and gender, race and class relations. Students will read representative short stories, novels, poetry, and essays. Selected documentaries and feature films will supplement the literary texts. The course will help familiarize students with major writers and with the cultural and historical contexts in which they produced their works.

2022. Contemporary Chinese Urban Film and Fiction in Translation (3 s.h.)

Prerequisite: English 0802, 0812, 0902, 1002 (C050) or equivalent.

Cross Listed with Asian Studies 2022.

This course looks at a selection of Chinese cinematic and literary texts by contemporary filmmakers and writers from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Through the study of film and fiction, we will examine how urban spaces and subjects have been delineated and imagined within the context of recent social and economic transformation and globalization. In particular, we will examine the different ways in which cinematic images and narrative structures celebrate the metropolis and convey the anxieties associated with it. We will explore a wide range of urban subjects as represented in film and fiction, and the ways in which they are shaped by and at the same time are shaping society and culture in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong today.

3000. Chinese Special Topics I (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: CR LANG 0311.)

Arranged each semester. Please consult with the instructor and/or check the course schedule for specific topic.

3001. Chinese Advanced I (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: CR LANG 0266.)

Prerequisite: Chinese 2002 (Critical Languages 0167) or permission of instructor.

Fifth semester of Mandarin Chinese.

3002. Chinese Advanced II (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: CR LANG 0267.)

Prerequisite: Chinese 3001 (Critical Languages 0266) or permission of instructor.

Sixth semester of Mandarin Chinese.

3010. Chinese Special Topics II (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: CR LANG 0312.)

Arranged each semester. Please consult with the instructor and/or check the course schedule for specific topic.

4182. Chinese Independent Study I (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: CR LANG 0366.)

Arranged each semester. Please consult with the instructor.

4282. Chinese Independent Study II (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: CR LANG 0367.)

Arranged each semester. Please consult with the instructor.


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