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CHNS3643: Classical Chinese Language A

This unit offers an introduction to Classical Chinese, an ancient language that still plays a role in modern China and that often challenges Western notions of how languages behave. Students will develop a basic understanding of the grammar and vocabulary, thus equipping themselves for exploration of China's distinctive philosophical and literary traditions in the original language. They will undertake supplementary reading in English on a topic of their choice, thus enriching their knowledge of premodern Chinese culture.

Code CHNS3643
Academic unit Chinese Studies
Credit points 6
Chinese native or background speakers or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Chinese Studies

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. interpret basic Classical Chinese grammar both in original context and in its frequent occurrences within modern Chinese.
  • LO2. apply skills in interpreting classical Chinese to gain firsthand access to many of the key sources necessary for the serious study of most aspects of traditional (and some aspects of modern) Chinese history, philosophy and culture.
  • LO3. develop lateral thinking abilities by practicing the flexible, creative application of grammatical principles to make sense of baffling sentences, also supported by independent reading in an individually chosen area of cultural background.
  • LO4. discriminate between full-form ('traditional') characters and simplified ones, as well as comprehending both, equipping them to decipher texts from China's mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as many other types of premodern material including inscriptions.
  • LO5. use digital tools and effective academic presentation techniques for basic research in the study of premodern Chinese texts.

Unit outlines

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