Chinese (Modern) Courses

Note

The department reserves the right to transfer a student to a higher‑level language course if it is deemed that the course for which the student has registered is not appropriate for the extent of his or her knowledge of the language.

Description: This course provides an intensive introduction to the basic elements of Chinese for the student with no knowledge of the language. Emphasis is on basic grammatical concepts, listening comprehension, and sound reproduction. Approximately 300 characters are studied.

Component(s): Lecture

Notes:
  • Lab practice is compulsory in addition to class time: two hours per week for six-credit sections.

  • Students who have received credit for MCHI 205 may not take this course for credit.

  • Students whose first language is Chinese, or who have received a substantial part of their education in Chinese, may not register for this course.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:

The following course must be completed previously: MCHI 200.

Description: This course continues the introduction to the basic elements of Chinese, adding approximately 300 further characters.

Component(s): Lecture

Notes:
  • Lab practice is compulsory in addition to class time: two hours per week for six-credit sections.

  • Students whose first language is Chinese, or who have received a substantial part of their education in Chinese, may not register for this course.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:

The following course must be completed previously: MCHI 206 or equivalent.

Description: The aim of this course is to consolidate the knowledge acquired in MCHI 200 and MCHI 206 and pursue communication skills on basic general topics in all competencies of the language, adding approximately 300 further characters.

Component(s): Lecture

Prerequisite/Corequisite:

The following course must be completed previously: MCHI 240 or equivalent.

Description: This course is a continuation of MCHI 240. It prepares intermediate language students in diverse aspects of reading, writing, and conversation. In addition to improving listening comprehension and speaking skills, this course places increased emphasis on reading and writing.

Component(s): Lecture

Notes:
  • Students who have received credit for this topic under an MCHI 398 number may not take this course for credit.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:

The following course must be completed previously: MCHI 240.

Description: The emphasis of this course is placed on advanced grammar for the purposes of writing and translation.

Component(s): Lecture

Notes:
  • Students who have received credit for this topic under an MCHI 398 number may not take this course for credit.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:

The following course must be completed previously: MCHI 240.

Description: This course provides students with marketable skills including linguistic competence, cross‑cultural proficiency, and knowledge about business in China across a variety of fields.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: This course provides an introduction to the works of some of the major writers of contemporary Chinese culture. The course is taught in English and reading materials are in English translation.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: Taught in English, this course introduces classical Chinese literature from 1500 BCE to the end of the 19th century in its historical and cultural setting. Covering the four major literary genres of poetry, prose, drama and fiction, students learn both key Chinese aesthetic concepts and Western critical theory, with a view to encouraging cross‑ and intercultural interpretations. Major works are read in English translation.

Component(s): Lecture

Notes:
  • Students who have received credit for this topic under an MCHI 398 number may not take this course for credit.

Description: This course is an introduction to the formation and traditions of Chinese culture. Topics may include Confucian and Taoist philosophy, literature, and the arts. This course is taught in English.

Component(s): Lecture

Notes:
  • Students who have received credit for this topic under an MCHI 398 number may not take this course for credit.

Description: Taught in English, this course introduces students to the traditions and achievements of Chinese visual culture. Employing contemporary critical approaches, students explore both mass and high cultures, with a primary focus on the development of Chinese painting from the 10th century to the present, with an emphasis on the interpretation of images.

Component(s): Lecture

Notes:
  • Students who have received credit for this topic under an MCHI 398 number may not take this course for credit.

Description: Specific topics for this course, and relevant prerequisites, are stated in the Undergraduate Class Schedule.

Description: Specific topics for this course, and relevant prerequisites, are stated in the Undergraduate Class Schedule.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:

Permission of the Department is required.

Description: This course provides students with the opportunity to study a topic of individual interest under the guidance of a faculty member.

Component(s): Tutorial

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