Studying online

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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to intercultural dialogue through responsive reading and creative writing, with special reference to China. Students encounter modern and contemporary Chinese literature in English translation and are introduced to Chinese language and culture through intensive study at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU). The unit aims to develop the capacity to interpret the experience of China through discussion, critical reading and creative writing. Pre-departure sessions and in-country workshops help students produce written work for submission. Students are encouraged to explore the various contexts of their interactions with China and to respond in appropriate ways.

6 points
Not available in 2024Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of Chinese culture directly by studying at BFSU; (2) critically situate modern and contemporary Chinese literature; (3) critically reflect on the challenges and opportunities of cross-cultural engagement; (4) communicate effectively in cross-cultural environments; and (5) work effectively in groups to deal with complicated cultural questions.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay or creative response; (2) class participation; and (3) reflective journal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tony Hughes-d'Aeth and Associate Professor Xianlin Song
Unit rules
completion of 24 points
Advisable prior study
Useful, but not essential, to have done a unit in English and Cultural Studies
or Asian Studies.
The key is a willingness to experience cross-cultural situations and to reflect authentically on the process.
Approved quota: 20—the unit is open to all students. If the quota is exceeded, students with a major in English and Cultural Studies or Asian Studies are given preference. If the quota is still exceeded or there are remaining places, students will be ranked on academic merit based on WAM.
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Airfare and accommodation/board at BFSU (estimated cost - 2000).
Contact hours
30 hours (lectures: 10 x 1.5 hours
workshops: 5 x 3 hours)
As places are limited, it is important that those who enrol in this unit do not withdraw unless there are serious intervening circumstances.
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.