Major Overview

Description

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 twenty-first 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 graduate with an in-depth understanding of the increasingly globalising world, as well as a versatile portfolio of skills and aptitudes which enhance employability.

Admission to this major requires a pass in WACE Chinese: Second Language CSL3A/3B.

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).

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Courses

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

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note:Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 CHIN1403 Chinese 3
Prerequisites:
ATAR CSL (Chinese: Second Language)
or
WACE Chinese: Second Language CSL 3A/3B
or
(WACE Chinese: Second Language CSL 2A/2B and co-requisite CHIN1001 Chinese 3A)
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
CHIN1001 Chinese 3A if student has only completed WACE Chinese Second Language CSL 2A/2B
Incompatibility:
CHIN1103 Chinese Intermediate I
or
CHIN2203 Chinese Intermediate I
or
CHIN2403 Chinese 3
S2 CHIN1404 Chinese 4
Prerequisites:
CHIN1403 Chinese 3
or
CHIN1103 Chinese Intermediate I
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
CHIN1104 Chinese Intermediate II
or
CHIN2204 Chinese Intermediate II
or
CHIN2404 Chinese 4

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 CHIN2405 Chinese 5
Prerequisites:
CHIN1404 Chinese 4
or
CHIN2404 Chinese 4
or
CHIN1104 Chinese Intermediate II
or
CHIN2204 Chinese Intermediate II
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
CHIN2107 Chinese Native Speakers I
or
CHIN2205 Chinese Advanced I
or
CHIN1405 Chinese 5
or
CHIN3405 Chinese 5
S2 CHIN2406 Chinese 6
Prerequisites:
CHIN2405 Chinese 5
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
CHIN2108 Chinese Native Speakers II
or
CHIN2206 Chinese Advanced II
or
CHIN1406 Chinese 6
or
CHIN3406 Chinese 6
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
NS ASIA2001 Culture, Society and the State in Asia
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 ASIA, JAPN, CHIN, KORE
or
INDO unit
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ASIA2204 Culture, Society and the State in Asia
S2 ASIA2002 Australia and Asia
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 ASIA, JAPN, CHIN,KORE
or
INDO unit
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ASIA2206 Understanding Asia–Australia Issues
S1 ASIA2004 Popular Culture in Asia
Prerequisites:
any Level 1
or
Level 2 ASIA, KORE, JAPN, CHIN, INDO, ENGL, HIST, PHIL, ARCY, COMM, LING, ANTH, LAW, VISA, MUSC, SOCS
or
POLS unit.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
SOCS2216 Popular Culture in Asia

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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ASIA2211 Social Issues in Contemporary China
S1 CHIN3407 Chinese 7
Prerequisites:
CHIN2406 Chinese 6
or
CHIN2206 Chinese Advanced I
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
CHIN3307 Chinese Specialist I
or
CHIN2209 Chinese for Business I
or
CHIN2407 Chinese 7
S2 CHIN3408 Chinese 8
Prerequisites:
CHIN3407 Chinese 7
or
CHIN3307 Chinese Specialist I
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
CHIN3308 Chinese Specialist II
or
CHIN2210 Chinese for Business II

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.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A CHIN2801 China Field Study
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of at least one Chinese language unit at UWA
or
equivalent as recognised by the Faculty
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
CHIN2215 China Field Study