CHNSI 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 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).

Degree-specific major

CHNSI 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

CHNSI 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 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
Incompatibility:
CHIN1104 Chinese Intermediate II
or
CHIN2204 Chinese Intermediate II
or
CHIN2404 Chinese 4
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 (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
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
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 ANTH2702 Environment, Power and Disasters in Asia
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 ANTH
or
ASIA unit
or
ENSC1001 Global Challenges in Engineering
Incompatibility:
SOCS2220 Environmental Issues in Asia
NS ASIA2001 Culture, Society and the State in Asia
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 ASIA, JAPN, CHIN, KORE
or
INDO unit
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
Incompatibility:
ASIA2206 Understanding Asia–Australia Issues
S1, NS 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.
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
Incompatibility:
ASIA2211 Social Issues in Contemporary China
S1 CHIN3407 Chinese 7
Prerequisites:
CHIN2406 Chinese 6
or
CHIN2206 Chinese Advanced I
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
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; 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 CHNSI Chinese Studies degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-CHNSI

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 CHNSI Chinese Studies degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-CHNSI-Generic

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

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

Second major

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

Overview of unit sequence

The CHNSI 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 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
Incompatibility:
CHIN1104 Chinese Intermediate II
or
CHIN2204 Chinese Intermediate II
or
CHIN2404 Chinese 4

Level 2

Second 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
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
Incompatibility:
CHIN2108 Chinese Native Speakers II
or
CHIN2206 Chinese Advanced II
or
CHIN1406 Chinese 6
or
CHIN3406 Chinese 6
Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
NS ANTH2702 Environment, Power and Disasters in Asia
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 ANTH
or
ASIA unit
or
ENSC1001 Global Challenges in Engineering
Incompatibility:
SOCS2220 Environmental Issues in Asia
NS ASIA2001 Culture, Society and the State in Asia
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 ASIA, JAPN, CHIN, KORE
or
INDO unit
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
Incompatibility:
ASIA2206 Understanding Asia–Australia Issues
S1, NS 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.
Incompatibility:
SOCS2216 Popular Culture in Asia

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 CHIN3407 Chinese 7
Prerequisites:
CHIN2406 Chinese 6
or
CHIN2206 Chinese Advanced I
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
Incompatibility:
CHIN3308 Chinese Specialist II
or
CHIN2210 Chinese for Business II

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 CHNSI Chinese Studies can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-CHNSI

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

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