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Courses

Courses

CHI 101. Beginning Chinese I.An introduction to spoken and written modern Chinese. Conversation and comprehension exercises in the classroom and laboratory provide practice in pronunciation and the use of basic patterns of speech. Enrollment limited to 20. Normally offered every year. L. Miao, S. Yang. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

CHI 102. Beginning Chinese II.A continuation of CHI 101 with increasing emphasis on the recognition of Chinese characters. By the conclusion of this course, students know more than one quarter of the characters expected of an educated Chinese person. Classes, conducted increasingly in Chinese, stress sentence patterns that facilitate both speaking and reading. Prerequisite(s): CHI 101. Normally offered every year. L. Miao, S. Yang. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

CHI 201. Intermediate Chinese I.Designed to enable students to converse in everyday Chinese and to read simple texts in Chinese. Classes conducted primarily in Chinese aim at further development of overall language proficiency. Prerequisite(s): CHI 102. Open to first-year students. Normally offered every year. L. Miao, Staff. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

CHI 202. Intermediate Chinese II.A continuation of CHI 201. Prerequisite(s): CHI 201 Open to first-year students. Normally offered every year. L. Miao, Staff. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

AS/CI 207. Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation.An exploration of Chinese literature through reading and discussion of some of its masterworks of poetry, drama, fiction, and belles-lettres prose from ancient times through the premodern era. Not open to students who have received credit for CHI 207. Open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 25. [W2] Normally offered every year. S. Yang. Concentrations

AS/CI 222. Transnational Chinese Cinema.This course introduces students to Asian culture and cinema through the study of movies from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. As they study various directors, genres, and forms, students consider how cinema acts as a sign system in the construction of sociocultural and aesthetic meanings. Topics include screening history, gender and representation, experiences from rural to urban, social transformation and ruin aesthetics, action and martial arts films, and independent documentaries. New course begining Winter 2014. Open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 40. One-time offering. Concentrations

AS/CI 225. Art and Politics in China.This course examines the interactions between art and politics in the People's Republic of China since 1949. This course not only provides a close analysis of Chinese visual and performing arts as social, cultural, and political institutions, but also looks into the political struggles and intellectual debates that have shaped artistic creation. The dramatic dialogue between politics and artistic creation in China since 1949 has been the most obscure yet crucial part of the bigger picture of constructing a "socialistic culture" within the parameters prescribed by the Chinese Communist Party. Students consider such art forms as painting, propaganda posters, sculpture, music, film, dance, and theater. Enrollment limited to 40. Normally offered every year. Staff. Concentrations

CI/TH 230. Drama and Theater of China.Nothing is impossible in Chinese theater. On stage, we see a wronged soul lamenting his tragic death, a young lady being brought back to life by true love years after passing away, and a series of misunderstandings and coincidences twisting a funeral into a comedy. Chinese people celebrate happiness, joy, crisis, dilemma, desperation, and pain through theater. In this course, students experience breathtaking performance practices, apprehend inspiring theatrical aesthetics, and examine Chinese theatrical performances from ancient shamanistic rituals to contemporary intercultural collaborations. Open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 40. X. Fan. Concentrations

CHI 301. Upper-Level Modern Chinese I.Designed for students who already have a strong background in spoken Chinese, the course gives an intensive review of the essentials of grammar and phonology, introduces a larger vocabulary and a variety of sentence patterns, improves conversational and auditory skills, and develops some proficiency in reading and writing. The course makes extensive use of short texts (both literary and nonfictional) and some films. Classes are conducted primarily in Chinese. Prerequisite(s): CHI 202. Open to first-year students. Normally offered every year. L. Miao, Staff. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

CHI 302. Upper-Level Modern Chinese II.A continuation of CHI 301. Prerequisite(s): CHI 202. Open to first-year students. Normally offered every year. Staff. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

CHI 360. Independent Study.Students, in consultation with a faculty advisor, individually design and plan a course of study or research not offered in the curriculum. Course work includes a reflective component, evaluation, and completion of an agreed-upon product. Sponsorship by a faculty member in the program/department, a course prospectus, and permission of the chair are required. Students may register for no more than one independent study per semester. Normally offered every semester. Staff.

CHI 365. Special Topics.Designed for the small seminar group of students who may have particular interests in areas of study that go beyond the regular course offerings. Periodic conferences and papers are required. Instructor permission is required. Staff.

CHI 401. Advanced Chinese I.This course is designed to further enhance students' ability to understand and speak idiomatic Mandarin Chinese. Included are readings of modern and contemporary literary works, journalistic writings, and other nonliterary texts. Classical texts may also be studied upon students' request. Prerequisite(s): CHI 302. Recommended background: three years or more of Chinese. Open to first-year students. Normally offered every year. X. Fan. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

CHI 402. Advanced Chinese II.A continuation of CHI 401. Prerequisite(s): CHI 302 or 401. Recommended background: three years of Chinese or more. Open to first-year students. Normally offered every year. X. Fan. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

CHI 415. Readings in Classical Chinese.An intensive study of classical Chinese through reading selections of ancient literary, historical, and philosophical texts in the original, including excerpts from the Analects, the Mencius, Laozi, Zhuangzi, Shiji, Tang-Song prose, and poetry. Conducted in Chinese. Prerequisite(s): CHI 302 or 401. Open to first-year students. S. Yang. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

CHI 421. Readings in Modern Chinese Culture.An intensive study of modern Chinese culture through reading selections of literary and nonliterary texts in the Chinese original. Prerequisite(s): CHI 401 or 415. Not open to students who have received credit for CHI s42. Staff.

CHI 457. Senior Thesis.An extended research project on a topic in Chinese literature, culture, or language utilizing some source materials in Chinese. Qualified students may, with approval of the Committee on Asian Studies, choose to write the thesis in Chinese. Students register for 457 in the fall semester or for 458 in the winter semester unless the committee gives approval for a two-semester project. Majors invited to pursue honors register for 457 and 458, contingent on the approval of the Committee. [W3] Normally offered every year. Staff. Interdisciplinary Programs.

CHI 458. Senior Thesis.An extended research project on a topic in Chinese literature, culture, or language utilizing some source materials in Chinese. Qualified students may, with approval of the Committee on Asian Studies, choose to write the thesis in Chinese. Students register for 457 in the fall semester or for 458 in the winter semester unless the committee gives approval for a two-semester project. Majors invited to pursue honors register for 457 and 458, contingent on the approval of the committee. [W3] Normally offered every year. Staff. Interdisciplinary Programs.

Short Term Courses

CHI s24. Chinese Language and Culture in China.Students pursue four weeks of intensive Chinese language study at Yunnan National University in Kunming, Yunnan, China, or Nanjing Normal University in Nanjing, China. Language study is complemented by field trips to famous historical sites in the Yunnan and Beijing areas or in other provinces. Recommended background: CHI 101 and 102. Enrollment limited to 15. L. Miao, S. Yang. Concentrations

CHI s40. Learning Chinese through Movies.An intensive study of Chinese language, Chinese culture, and contemporary China through film in Chinese. The course includes film screenings, discussions, and writing. The course is taught in Chinese. Prerequisite(s): CHI 302. Enrollment limited to 15. Normally offered every other year. X. Fan.

CHI s42. Readings in Modern Chinese Culture.An intensive study of modern Chinese culture through reading selections of literary and nonliterary texts in the Chinese original. Prerequisite(s): CHI 402. Not open to students who have received credit for CHI 421. Enrollment limited to 30. Staff.

CHI s50. Independent Study.Students, in consultation with a faculty advisor, individually design and plan a course of study or research not offered in the curriculum. Course work includes a reflective component, evaluation, and completion of an agreed-upon product. Sponsorship by a faculty member in the program/department, a course prospectus, and permission of the chair are required. Students may register for no more than one independent study during a Short Term. Normally offered every year. Staff.


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