CHIN2407 Chinese 7

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the CHNSA Chinese Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
This unit expands students' competency in linguistic skills, paying special attention to complex linguistic structures and expressions used in both spoken and written Chinese, and develops a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and society through reading authentic Chinese materials. Students are introduced to the world of Chinese social issues reflected by literature and journalism. They read popular Chinese novels and study Chinese newspaper reports in detail. Students are also expected to achieve a high level of skill in writing through completing an extended academic essay in Chinese on a contemporary social, cultural or political issue in China. By doing so, students gain not only a high level of proficiency in reading and writing, but also a detailed knowledge of contemporary achievements and problems in China today. Successful completion of this unit brings students to the ISLPR Level 3+ (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings).
Students are able to (1) read and translate authentic Chinese materials using a dictionary and discuss their ideas on contemporary social and cultural issues in China; (2) conduct research by collecting and analysing materials in both Chinese and English; (3) express their research findings and ideas with a high level of fluency and accuracy in both spoken and written forms; and (4) develop specialist vocabularies in areas such as employment systems, elderly people, tourism and marriage issues. Additionally, students acquire and refine generic skills such as communication skills—both written and oral (including non-verbal) communication skills are developed and refined through a variety of teaching and assessment practices. The study of Chinese equips students with the ability to use and discern a variety of registers, ranging from conversational and colloquial usage of the Chinese language to formal and academic conventions.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) test; (2) assignment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Liyong Wang
Unit rules
CHIN1406 Chinese 6
CHIN2108 Native Speakers II
CHIN2209 Chinese for Business I
Contact hours
2 hours per week
This unit is for advanced-level students.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.