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General Bulletin 2006-2008

Courses of Instruction

CHINESE (CHI-Arts and Science; Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages)

101 Elementary Chinese (4)

Introduction to modern Mandarin Chinese. Focuses on basic communication skills.

102 Elementary Chinese (4)

Introduction to modern Mandarin Chinese. Focuses on basic communication skills. Prerequisite: CHI 101 or equivalent.

105 Chinese for Travelers (1)

Basics of Mandarin Chinese with emphasis on survival communication skills in everyday situations. Also provides practical information about Chinese society and culture.

Advanced Courses

MPT 201 Second Year Chinese (3)

Continue to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: CHI 102 or equivalent.

MPT 202 Second Year Chinese (3)

Continue to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: CHI 201 or equivalent. CAS-A.

MPF 251 Traditional Chinese Literature in English Translation (3)

Chinese literature up to the end of the Qing Dynasty (1911). Introduction of unique features of Chinese literature, society and culture. Study selected classics in Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, and masterpieces in fiction, poetry, and drama. IIIB. CAS-B-LIT.

MPF 252 Modern Chinese Literature in English Translation (3)

Read selected representative works from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, including fiction, poetry, criticism, and film. Lectures furnish the socio-cultural background to establish a framework for understanding and interpretation. IIIB. CAS-B-LIT.

MPF 255 Drama in China and Japan in Translation (3)

Provides historical overview of major traditional dramatic art forms of China and Japan: Zaju, Kunqu, Beijing Opera, Noh, Kyogen, Bunraku, and Kabuki. Critically treats and interprets theatrical conventions in each and attempts to clarify aesthetic significance. Cross-listed with JPN 255. IIB, IIIB. CAS-B-LIT.

264 Chinese Cinema and Culture (3)

Study of selected films. Introduces Chinese cinema and, through films, Chinese culture. Works are from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Subject matter is both historical and modern. Knowledge of Chinese is not required. Cross-listed with FST 264.

MPT 301 Third Year Chinese (3)

Develop advanced skills in communication. Expand vocabulary and learn additional, more complicated grammatical structures. Read relatively difficult original materials. Prerequisite: CHI 202 or equivalent.

302 Third Year Chinese (3)

Develop advanced skills in communication. Expand vocabulary and learn additional, more complicated grammatical structures. Read relatively difficult original materials. Prerequisite: CHI 301 or equivalent.

401 Fourth Year Chinese I (3)

Continuing advanced study of Chinese after CHI 302. While the course further develops students’ listening and speaking skills, it will place more emphasis on reading and writing than third year Chinese class does. Longer and more challenging authentic materials will be introduced to develop students’ overall ability to handle tasks of relatively complex nature.

402 Fourth Year Chinese (2)

This course continues advanced study of Chinese after CHI 401. While the course maintains an emphasis on developing students’ oral communication ability, it will also introduce more difficult reading and audio-visual materials in class. Through exposure to these authentic materials, students will further build their vocabulary and increase their comprehension of the target language. In addition the course will help students to gain insights about Chinese society and culture. Prerequisite: CHI 401 or equivalent.

600 Graduate Readings In Chinese (2 to 4)

Prepares students pursuing advanced degrees to read Chinese material in their own fields.


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