CHNSB Chinese Studies major

The Chinese Studies major provides students with high-quality learning opportunities and an outstanding student experience in learning Chinese language and culture. China is the largest trading partner for Australia, and the historical links between Australia and the Chinese-speaking world have been further enhanced in the 21st century thanks to frequent economic and cultural interactions between the two nations. Chinese Studies equips students with solid language skills and a broad in-depth knowledge of China, its society and people, placing students in a strong position to utilise the opportunities generated by China's long history, rich culture and rapid economic growth. Students will graduate with an in-depth understanding of the increasingly globalising world, as well as a versatile portfolio of skills and aptitudes which enhance employability.

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) demonstrate a good written and spoken linguistic competence in the Chinese language; (2) understand how culturally specific social structures affect interpersonal communication, and determine how to apply this knowledge to their own interactions in a culturally sensitive manner; (3) identify key ethical, philosophical and social characteristics of Chinese culture, society and history, and apply this knowledge in the context of future employment or postgraduate study; (4) engage effectively in the key debates on Chinese history, society and culture in a professional manner and produce coherent and well-argued written work; (5) demonstrate competence in a set of transferable skills, including (but not limited to) digital literacy, information management, group working, research skills and critical thinking, as well as an ability to manage and take responsibility for their own learning processes with minimum guidance; and (6) apply their country-specific knowledge in the context of their second major (if applicable)..

Degree-specific major

CHNSB Chinese Studies 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 Studies is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
  • one Level 1 complementary unit
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020; NS = non-standard teaching period;
OS = offshore teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2021 or 2022.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
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
Complementary units
Take complementary units to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS ASIA1001 Asian Societies and Cultures
Incompatibility:
ASIA1101 Exploring Asian Identities
S2, NS ASIA1002 Asia from Colonial to Modern
Incompatibility:
ASIA1102 Creating Asian Modernities

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 CHIN2001 Chinese 3A
Prerequisites:
CHIN1402 Chinese 2
or
CHIN1102 Chinese Beginners II
Co-requisites:
CHIN2403 Chinese 3
Incompatibility:
CHIN2201 Chinese Intermediate Bridging
or
CHIN1001 Chinese 3A
S1 CHIN2403 Chinese 3
Prerequisites:
CHIN1402 Chinese 2
or
CHIN1102 Chinese Beginners II
Co-requisites:
CHIN2001 Chinese 3A
Incompatibility:
CHIN2203 Chinese Intermediate 1
or
CHIN1403 Chinese 3
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 I
or
CHIN1404 Chinese 4

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS ASIA3003 Social Issues in Contemporary China
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit
or
Level 2 CHIN unit
or
Level 2 ANTH unit
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
or
CHIN1405 Chinese 5
or
CHIN2405 Chinese 5
S2 CHIN3406 Chinese 6
Prerequisites:
CHIN3405 Chinese 5
Incompatibility:
CHIN3406 Chinese 6
or
CHIN1406 Chinese 6
or
CHIN2406 Chinese 6

Substitute units

Degree-specific major units
Substitute units—take units if applicable:

Students can substitute CHIN2801 China Field Study (6 points) for any Level 2 or Level 3 unit; CHIN2802 Chinese Language and Culture Immersion Program (Taiwan) (6 points) for any Level 2 or Level 3 unit.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
OS CHIN2801 China Field Study
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of at least one Chinese language unit at UWA
or
equivalent as recognised by the Faculty. This unit is not available to native speakers. Approval by advising Faculty Student Office.
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 Studies degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-CHNSB

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 Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. 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 Studies degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-CHNSB-Generic

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

CHNSB Chinese Studies can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

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

Overview of unit sequence

The CHNSB Chinese Studies 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 2020; NS = non-standard teaching period;
OS = offshore teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2021 or 2022.

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
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

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 CHIN2001 Chinese 3A
Prerequisites:
CHIN1402 Chinese 2
or
CHIN1102 Chinese Beginners II
Co-requisites:
CHIN2403 Chinese 3
Incompatibility:
CHIN2201 Chinese Intermediate Bridging
or
CHIN1001 Chinese 3A
S1 CHIN2403 Chinese 3
Prerequisites:
CHIN1402 Chinese 2
or
CHIN1102 Chinese Beginners II
Co-requisites:
CHIN2001 Chinese 3A
Incompatibility:
CHIN2203 Chinese Intermediate 1
or
CHIN1403 Chinese 3
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 I
or
CHIN1404 Chinese 4

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS ASIA3003 Social Issues in Contemporary China
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ASIA unit
or
Level 2 CHIN unit
or
Level 2 ANTH unit
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
or
CHIN1405 Chinese 5
or
CHIN2405 Chinese 5
S2 CHIN3406 Chinese 6
Prerequisites:
CHIN3405 Chinese 5
Incompatibility:
CHIN3406 Chinese 6
or
CHIN1406 Chinese 6
or
CHIN2406 Chinese 6

Substitute units

Second major units
Substitute units—take units if applicable:

Students can substitute CHIN2801 China Field Study (6 points) for any Level 2 or Level 3 unit; CHIN2802 Chinese Language and Culture Immersion Program (Taiwan) (6 points) for any Level 2 or Level 3 unit.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
OS CHIN2801 China Field Study
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of at least one Chinese language unit at UWA
or
equivalent as recognised by the Faculty. This unit is not available to native speakers. Approval by advising Faculty Student Office.
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 Studies can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-CHNSB

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

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