UWA Handbook 2017

Major details

FURTHER INFORMATION

Parris McLaughlin

Studying a language vastly different from European languages intrigued me. The teachers were extremely helpful in explaining different aspects of the language that can be confusing, and while it can be intimidating at first glance, I found Chinese to be an elegant language with a rich cultural history and a growing importance in today's society.

CHNSB Chinese major

Chinese (Mandarin) is not only the most widely used language in the world—it is one of the most important and useful. The rise of China as a global power is shaping the twenty-first century and there is great demand for graduates with knowledge of Chinese language and China itself. The Chinese major, catering for all language levels from complete beginner to native speaker, develops language skills, cultural literacy and knowledge of China. The classes focus on practical everyday Chinese (reading, writing, speaking and listening) with an emphasis over time on engaging with real-life situations and authentic texts. You are encouraged to take part of your language study in China through UWA's student exchange program. Summer programs in China (Hangzhou and Beijing) and Taiwan are also available.

This major is taken by beginners. It is incompatible with a pass in WACE Chinese: Second Language CSL 2A/2B or higher.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) communicate in Mandarin Chinese; (2) communicate in a Mandarin Chinese-speaking environment; and (3) demonstrate knowledge of Chinese culture and society to reduce the cultural obstacles of Chinese language learning.

Degree-specific major

Degree-specific major

CHNSB Chinese can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

CHNSB Chinese is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period;
OS = offshore teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 CHIN1401 Chinese 1 Incompatibility: WACE Chinese: Second Language CSL 2A/2B or higher; or CHIN1101 Chinese Beginners 1
S2 CHIN1402 Chinese 2 Prerequisites: CHIN1401 Chinese 1 or CHIN1101 Chinese Beginners 1
Incompatibility: CHIN1102 Chinese Beginners II

Level 2

Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 CHIN2001 Chinese 3A Prerequisites: CHIN1402 Chinese 2 or CHIN1102 Chinese Beginners II
Co-requisites: CHIN2403 Chinese 3
Incompatibility: CHIN2201 Chinese Intermediate Bridging
S1 CHIN2403 Chinese 3 Prerequisites: CHIN1402 Chinese 2 or CHIN1102 Chinese Beginners II
Co-requisites: CHIN2001 Chinese 3A
Incompatibility: CHIN2203 Chinese Intermediate 1
S2 CHIN2404 Chinese 4 Prerequisites: CHIN2403 Chinese 3 or (CHIN1403 Chinese 3 and CHIN1001 Chinese 3A) or CHIN2203 Chinese Intermediate I
Incompatibility: CHIN1104 Chinese Intermediate II or CHIN2204 Chinese Intermediate II

Level 3

Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, NS ASIA3003 Social Issues in Contemporary China Prerequisites: any Level 2 ASIA unit or two Level 2 CHIN units
Incompatibility: ASIA2211 Social Issues in Contemporary China
S1 CHIN3405 Chinese 5 Prerequisites: CHIN2404 Chinese 4 or CHIN2204 Chinese Intermediate II
Incompatibility: CHIN3305 Chinese Advanced I
S2 CHIN3406 Chinese 6 Prerequisites: CHIN3405 Chinese 5
Incompatibility: CHIN3306 Chinese Advanced II

Substitute units

Students can substitute CHIN2801 (12 points) for any two Level 2 or Level 3 units; CHIN2802 (6 points) for any Level 2 or Level 3 unit.

Substitute units—take units if applicable:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
OS CHIN2801 China Field Study Incompatibility: CHIN2215 China Field Study
N/A CHIN2802 Chinese Language and Culture Immersion Program (Taiwan) Prerequisites: any level of Chinese language
Incompatibility: CHIN2220 Chinese Language and Culture Immersion Program (Taiwan)

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the CHNSB Chinese degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-CHNSB (opens in a new window)

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the CHNSB Chinese degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-CHNSB-Generic (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

CHNSB Chinese can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Second major

CHNSB Chinese can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BP003 Bachelor of Design
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

The CHNSB Chinese second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period;
OS = offshore teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 CHIN1401 Chinese 1 Incompatibility: WACE Chinese: Second Language CSL 2A/2B or higher; or CHIN1101 Chinese Beginners 1
S2 CHIN1402 Chinese 2 Prerequisites: CHIN1401 Chinese 1 or CHIN1101 Chinese Beginners 1
Incompatibility: CHIN1102 Chinese Beginners II

Level 2

Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 CHIN2001 Chinese 3A Prerequisites: CHIN1402 Chinese 2 or CHIN1102 Chinese Beginners II
Co-requisites: CHIN2403 Chinese 3
Incompatibility: CHIN2201 Chinese Intermediate Bridging
S1 CHIN2403 Chinese 3 Prerequisites: CHIN1402 Chinese 2 or CHIN1102 Chinese Beginners II
Co-requisites: CHIN2001 Chinese 3A
Incompatibility: CHIN2203 Chinese Intermediate 1
S2 CHIN2404 Chinese 4 Prerequisites: CHIN2403 Chinese 3 or (CHIN1403 Chinese 3 and CHIN1001 Chinese 3A) or CHIN2203 Chinese Intermediate I
Incompatibility: CHIN1104 Chinese Intermediate II or CHIN2204 Chinese Intermediate II

Level 3

Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, NS ASIA3003 Social Issues in Contemporary China Prerequisites: any Level 2 ASIA unit or two Level 2 CHIN units
Incompatibility: ASIA2211 Social Issues in Contemporary China
S1 CHIN3405 Chinese 5 Prerequisites: CHIN2404 Chinese 4 or CHIN2204 Chinese Intermediate II
Incompatibility: CHIN3305 Chinese Advanced I
S2 CHIN3406 Chinese 6 Prerequisites: CHIN3405 Chinese 5
Incompatibility: CHIN3306 Chinese Advanced II

Substitute units

Students can substitute CHIN2801 (12 points) for any two Level 2 or Level 3 units; CHIN2802 (6 points) for any Level 2 or Level 3 unit.

Substitute units—take units if applicable:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
OS CHIN2801 China Field Study Incompatibility: CHIN2215 China Field Study
N/A CHIN2802 Chinese Language and Culture Immersion Program (Taiwan) Prerequisites: any level of Chinese language
Incompatibility: CHIN2220 Chinese Language and Culture Immersion Program (Taiwan)

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how CHNSB Chinese can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-CHNSB (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

CHNSB Chinese can also be taken as a degree-specific major.