Division of Chinese Studies

Division of Chinese Studies offers 6 courses based on National Chinese Curriculum Standards (NCCS), including 2 complusory courses and 4 electives.

(Compulsory course has taged "*")

Core Value and Beliefs

Chinese studies provide learners with a comprehensive and profound perspective into Chinese culture, language and literature. By guiding students through various ancient and contemporary texts, we aim to develop learners' Chinese literacy skills and cultural awareness. By affirming their civic identity, we hope to provide a solid ground for their future venture into the world as global citizens. 


We are committed to cultivating students' competency in the following three dimensions: "empathy with the surroundings, ability of in-deepth analysis, and literature carrying Tao".
  • Empathy with the surroundings: "taking things as I do", the ability of getting connection and being empathy with the world;
  • Ability of in-deepth analysis: in-depth analysis and exploration based on real objective evidence;
  • Literature carries Tao: feel the beauty of literature and quickly obtain information through reading; Express thoughts effectively through writing.

CHIN1001:Liberal Arts in Chinese History and Literature*

This is a fundamental course to guide learners through Chinese historical and literary texts to enhance their understandings of Chinese culture while improving their literacy skills at the same time. From the works of pre-Qin philosophers to contemporary literature, learners will be encouraged to integrate various sources of information with a critical perspective to develop deeper insights into culture, history and society.

MSAF9001: Introduction to the History of Chinese Culture*

During the one-year course, learners will be exposed to Chinese history that focuses on culture and thought, and read important historical documents and classics, especially 《The Book of Poetry》,《The Analects of Confucius》,《The Book of Rites》, 《The HistoricalRecords》,《Laozi》,《Zhuangzi》,《Mozi》,《Mencius》, 《Xunzi》, 《Guanzi》,《Shangjun book》,《Han Feizi》 and other works. They will practice applying first-hand information while avoiding the misleading of second-hand information and the interference of modern western values by learning from the ancient books.

CHIN2001: Fundamental Chinese Language and Literature: The Written World

This is a fundamental course to support learners through a close reading of selected ancient and modern Oriental works. With an attentive focus on the expressions of poems, proses, novels and plays, learners will appreciate the artwork from the perspectives of language, conception, image and emotion and familiarize themselves with creative intentions and aesthetic experiences. Through developing a habit of writing reading notes, reviews and essays, learners will become skilled writers with unique voices to express.

CHIN3001: Chinese Contemporary Literature

This is an advanced course to immerse learners in a wide range of contemporary Chinese writers and their works. In this course, we will read canonical texts from Lu Xun, Ba Jin, Lao She, etc. and probe into their core values and beliefs. Effective reading and writing competencies are reinforced throughout the course. 

CHIN3006: Radio and Cassette Listening: History of East Asian popular music after WWII

In this course, learners can not only learn a large number of world history and East Asian history after World War II, but also understand the basic historical literature / data collection, screening and analysis techniques, so as to support learners to complete basic independent historical investigation and writing. Moreover, learners have opportunities to hear countless old music carrying the past time, as well as the latest cutting-edge information of sound studies in the academic community.

CHIN3007: Nonfiction Writing

In general, nonfiction writing refers to all writing based on reality and drawing on literary techniques to render the works more narratively beautiful and artistic. Based on the two dimensions of authenticity and literature, this introductory course will expose learners to learning the basic concepts of news and practice fragment writing. After completing the introduction, learners will officially enter the practical stage of nonfiction writing. Each learner will determine one's own topic, from interview to writing, and complete a nonfictional writing piece at the end of the class.