Catalog 2014–2015

Chinese (CHNS) Courses

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CHNS 101  Elementary Chinese I (4) Development of listening, speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese. Structural points introduced inductively. Laboratory drill. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

CHNS 102  Elementary Chinese II (4) Development of listening, speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese. Structural points introduced inductively. Laboratory drill. Pre: CHNS 101 or equivalent. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

CHNS 107  Accelerated Elementary Chinese (8) Contents of CHNS 101-102 covered in one semester. Meets two hours daily, Monday through Friday. Language laboratory required. Development of four skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing - and an adequate knowledge at the beginning level of Chinese language. A variety of classroom activities: dialogues, role plays, individual and group presentations, grammar exercises, individualized laboratory work and A/V-aided activities, and reading and writing practice in the basic scripts ("pinyin" and "hanzi" characters). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

CHNS 200  Conversational CHNS Business (3) This course is intended for students who have gained some basic knowledge of Chinese language but would like to improve their fluency, especially for business situations. Over this course, students practice conversational skill through a variety of topics, such as greetings and self-introduction, formal meetings, business negotiations, trade or financial transactions, and in any other situations that may be appropriate for an international business situation. Pre: CHNS 102 or 107.

CHNS 201  Intermediate Chinese I (4) Second-level training in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Pre: CHNS 102 or equivalent. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

CHNS 202  Intermediate Chinese II (4) Second-level training in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Pre: CHNS 201 or equivalent. (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

CHNS 250  Chinese Folklore and Symbolism (3) This course introduces ancient Chinese folktales and symbolism that are significantly connected with Chinese cultural tradition, social life and customs, as well as distinctive aesthetics. Interesting and important stories are selected from mythology, legends and fables, covering various themes such as the creation of the universe, the ideal of life and happiness, the enlightenment of virtues, and the praises for loyal love. Moreover, most representative auspicious symbols in Chinese life are discussed in historical and cultural context. The discussions are focused on the origins and cultural connotations of such symbols as well as their impact on Chinese society, customs, literature and art traditions. (GenEd/IntReq: HPP)

CHNS 260  Chns Hist Culture through Film (3) This course is an introduction to Chinese history and culture through a selection of films produced in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and in the West. Students will gain fundamental knowledge of the history, peoples, society, customs and civilization of China as reflected from the films. The films serve as an overview of Chinese history from ancient to modern times, and a reflection of many aspects of Chinese culture. Each film is introduced in class, but only the most important portions of it are shown (with English subtitles for those produced in Chinese), to be followed by an open discussion. Students are asked to write a short comment on each film to be discussed. Knowledge of Chinese is not needed. (GenEd/IntReq: HPP)

CHNS 364  Chns Lit in Eng-Modern (3) Survey of major Chinese writings from 1919 to the present. Knowledge of Chinese is not required. (Same as ENG 364)

CHNS 381  Chns Cult thru Arch & Garden (3) This course introduces Chinese architecture and gardens as an important part of traditional Chinese culture. It starts with a brief introduction to Chinese history, philosophy, religions and literature, laying a foundation for understanding Chinese social structure, ideology, and religious and literary traditions. (GenEd/IntReq: HPP)

CHNS 410  History of Chinese Characters (3) This course introduces Chinese civilization and history through an investigation of the evolution of Chinese script and the socio-cultural factors related to it. Archaeological and historical materials are used in introducing its various forms in history: from tortoise shell script to seal and clerical scripts as well as regular script. Historical and cultural setting of creating and using the specific script are examined. The transformation of Chinese script into Japanese "kanji" and cultural exchange between Asian countries are also discussed. Pre: one of the following: CHNS 101, CHNS 107, JPNS 101, JPNS 101S, or JPNS 107. (Same as LANG/JPST 410). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)


CHNS x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (Arr.) (IO) Special topics chosen by the instructor. Course content will vary. May be repeated for credit, provided that a different topic is studied. Additional requirements may apply depending on subject and topic.

CHNS x99 Directed Studies (Arr.) (IO) Statement of planned reading or research required. Pre: instructor’s consent.

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