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Modern and Classical Languages
101 Elementary Chinese (3:3:1). Introduction to Mandarin, including basic grammar, oral expression, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Language lab is an integral part of the course.
102 Elementary Chinese (3:3:1). Prerequisite: CHIN 101. Continuation of CHIN 101. Lab work required.
201 Intermediate Chinese I (3:3:1). Prerequisite: CHIN 102 or equivalent. Further development of skills acquired in CHIN 101 and 102, including grammar, oral expres sion, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Three classroom hours and one laboratory hour per week. CHIN 201 and 202 must be taken in sequence. Lab work required.
202 Intermediate Chinese II (3:3:1). Prerequisite: CHIN 201 or equivalent. Continuation of CHIN 201. Lab work required.
300 Reading Skills Development (3:3:0). Prerequisite: CHIN 202, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor. Development of reading proficiency, with emphasis on vocabulary and grammar of standard written Chinese. Introduction to discourse structure, sociolinguistic/cultural knowledge, and strategies for reading Chinese at an advanced level.
301 Advanced Grammar and Syntax (3:3:0). Prerequisite: CHIN 300, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor. In-depth review of Chinese grammar and syntax. Provides extensive practice in controlled and free writing with emphasis on the fundamental difficulties and points of interference that exist between English and Chinese.
310 Survey of Chinese Literature (3:3:0). Prerequisites: ENGL 101 or permission of instructor. Introduction of the outlines of Chinese literature from the beginning to the 19th century, presented through literary sources arranged in roughly chronological order. Readings include poetry, fiction, and personal essays as well as documents of philosophy, history, religion, and transcribed oral records. Knowledge of Chinese language helpful but not required. May be repeated for credit once when course content is different with permission of department.
311 Modern Chinese Literature in Translation (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 101 or permission of instructor. Introduction of the outlines of modern Chinese literature from the early 20th century to the post-Mao era, presented through literary sources arranged in roughly chronological order. Readings include poetry, fiction as well as personal essays. Knowledge of Chinese language helpful but not required. May be repeated for credit once when course content is different with approval from the department.
318 Introduction to Classical Chinese (3:3:0). Prerequisites: CHIN 202, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor. Classical Chinese is the language of the bulk of the Chinese textual tradition from early historical and philosophical writings down to the early twentieth century. Introduction the basic structures and vocabulary of that language, which still has a large influence on the formal written prose of modern newspapers and documents.
320 Contemporary Chinese Film (3:3:0). Explores contemporary China (1949-present) through its cinematic and literary representations. Examines various periods in the latter half of the 20th century with prominent films keyed to this era. Short literary works serve as background readings and documentaries will provide basic historical narratives. Class discussions focus on Chinese representations of cultural, social, and political changes in the movies. The course also introduces some critical readings that address issues of gender and youth, family, ethnicity, modernity and the nation, as well as visuality and memory.
328 Asian American Women Writers (3:3:0). Introduction to selected works by Asian American women writers of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, and Korean descent. Literary analysis will focus on themes, form, style, language, and structure of a variety of works, mainly novels and short stories. Course seeks to assess the role and significance of the writings as part of the ethnic American and women's literature by exploring questions of identity formation and/or disintegration and how they are rooted in issues of gender, social status, ethnicity, community, geography, and generational conflict.