Minor in Chinese Studies
The Minor in Chinese Studies is a language based minor that provides a valuable insight into Chinese language and culture, Chinese philosophy and their relevance to modern Chinese society today. In addition to Modern China as the sixth course of the Minor, new optional courses are being planned on China’s economic reform and business development, Chinese history, Chinese art, and Chinese media studies.
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Minor requirements – US Credits 18 – UK Credits 72
MCL 4100 (3 CREDITS) Chinese Language and Culture 1
MCL 4105 (3 CREDITS) Chinese Language and Culture 2
MCL 5101 (3 CREDITS) Chinese Language and Culture 3
MCL 5110 (3 CREDITS) Chinese Language and Culture 4
MCL 5205 (3 CREDITS) Chinese Philosophy and Chinese Society
The course will be based on critical reading and interpretation of selected texts available in English by influential Chinese thinkers and philosophers in ancient times such as Confucius, Lao Zi, Zhuang Zi etc. and analytical and critical commentary writings by both Chinese and European sinologists. With emphasis on a few fundamental concepts and ideas that impact on the Chinese way of thinking and behaviour, the course explores how the Chinese people and society interact with such key philosophies, ideas and events that construct the Chinese culture and underlines the structure and working of the Chinese society in the past and at the present.
plus the following
PLT 5425 (3 CREDITS) Modern China
Examines aspects of China’s history such as the Opium Wars, the downfall of the Empire in 1911, the growth of nationalism and the ensuing civil war, the rise and decline of Maoism and the role of China in world politics, with particular reference to its increasing economic importance.
Further optional courses will be added in due course.