Chinese Courses

CHIN 101, 102 Beginning Chinese

4, 4 hours

This course offers an introduction to speaking, reading, listening to, and writing Chinese. Through the study of the language, the student will also gain an appreciation of Chinese culture and contemporary life. Prerequisite for CHIN 102: CHIN 101, or consent of instructor.

CHIN 139, 239, 339, 439 Special Topics

Credit arr.

CHIN 185 First-Year Seminar

4 hours

A variety of seminars for first-year students offered each January Term.

CHIN 201, 202 Intermediate Chinese

4, 4 hours

A continuation of the study of Mandarin Chinese: grammar, writing, speaking, reading, and listening comprehension. Speaking proficiency will be developed through active class participation. The use of authentic materials (video, music, texts) will enhance language skills and cultural knowledge. Prerequisite for 201: 102 or equivalent. Prerequisite for 202: 201 or equivalent.

CHIN 242 Chinese Cinema and Chinese Modernity

4 hours

From the fall of the Celestial Empire to the rise of China's economy today, Chinese cinema has witnessed many social changes in the modern era. This course will focus on the interaction between Chinese cinema and the process of modernization. By examining how Chinese firms dialogue with Hollywood, it will explore Chinese people's experiences of semi-Colonial modernity, socialist modernity and postsocialist/global modernity. Students will watch select films made in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Along with reading and writing assignments, students will be required to do oral presentations. All films have English subtitles. All readings are in English. Students with Chinese language background can choose to complete CHIN 242 with additional assignments in Chinese. (HEPT, Intcl)