Undergraduate Courses

Chinese (Mandarin) for Non-CHINESE Background Students

Mandarin is spoken by more than 1.5 billion people in the world and is one of the six official languages of the UN. China has a 5000 year history and culture, boasts the fastest-growing economy in the world and is widely regarded as the potentially biggest global market in the twenty-first century.

A major in Chinese (Mandarin) provides a course of study which allows students who have no prior knowledge of Mandarin or of Chinese characters to specialise in Mandarin.

Students may commence their studies as beginners or advanced learners. Students who enter the major at post-HSC may be exempted from some language subjects and should consult the Languages and Linguistics Discipline Leader. Native or near-native speakers and speakers of another Chinese dialect who are familiar with Chinese characters will enrol in the major Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background students.

Major Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the Chinese (Mandarin) for Non-Chinese Background Students major students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the Mandarin language and grammar
  2. Comprehend spoken and written Chinese equivalent to Level 3 in the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and B1 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  3. Communicate in both spoken and written Chinese equivalent to Level 3 in the CLPS and B1 level in the CEFR.
  4. Critically analyse and evaluate historical events and socio-cultural forces that have shaped modern China, its people and language

 

Subjects Required for Major Study

Beginners

A major in Chinese (Mandarin) for beginners or near beginners consists of 66 credit points, as set out below.

Strong 2 Unit HSC pass or equivalent

Students who have achieved a strong 2 Unit HSC pass or equivalent may choose to enter the language sequence at the level of MAND251 and complete a 54 credit point major, as set out below.

All students wishing to enter the Chinese (Mandarin) major at the level of MAND152 or MAND251 must obtain approval from the appropriate Chinese (Mandarin) Subject Co-ordinator.

Beginners major

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Core
ELL 110 Language in Social Life 6 Spring
MAND151 Chinese (Mandarin) for Beginners 1A 6 Autumn
MAND152 Chinese (Mandarin) for Beginners 1B 6 Spring
MAND251 Intermediate Chinese for Non-Chinese Background Students (NCB) 2A 8 Autumn
MAND252 Intermediate Chinese for Non-Chinese Background Students (NCB) 2B 8 Spring
Plus ONE subject from:
MAND253 Mandarin: In-Country Study 8 Not offered in 2015
ELL 210 Communication Across Cultures 8 Autumn
HIST252 A History of Modern China 8 Autumn
Plus both subjects from:
MAND351 Advanced Chinese for Non-Chinese Background Students (NCB) 3A 8 Autumn
MAND352 Advanced Chinese for Non-Background Students (NCB) 3B 8 Spring
Plus a 300 level 8 credit point subject with relevant content as approved by the Languages and Linguistics Discipline Leader and the Director of the Language Centre.

Strong 2 Unit HSC pass or equivalent major 

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Core
ELL 110 Language in Social Life 6 Spring
Plus ONE subject from the following:
ELL 210 Communication Across Cultures 8 Autumn
HIST252 A History of Modern China 8 Autumn
Plus TWO subjects from the following:
MAND251 Intermediate Chinese for Non-Chinese Background Students (NCB) 2A 8 Autumn
MAND252 Intermediate Chinese for Non-Chinese Background Students (NCB) 2B 8 Spring
MAND253 Mandarin: In-Country Study 8 Not offered in 2015
Plus THREE subjects from the following:
LANG371 Advanced Studies in Language/Culture A 8 Autumn, Spring
LANG372 Advanced Studies in Language/Culture B 8 Autumn, Spring
LANG391 Language Study Abroad 1 8 Not offered in 2015
LANG392 Language Study Abroad 2 8 Not offered in 2015
LANG393 Language Study Abroad 3 8 Not offered in 2015
MAND351 Advanced Chinese for Non-Chinese Background Students (NCB) 3A 8 Autumn
MAND352 Advanced Chinese for Non-Chinese Background Students (NCB) 3B 8 Spring

Subjects Required for Minor Study

A minor study in Mandarin consists of four sequential subjects in Mandarin. The minor will consist of 28 or 32 credit points of language study (28 credit points for students beginning at 100-level).

Example: A student beginner could take a minor by studying MAND151, MAND152, MAND251 and MAND252.

A student who had studied Mandarin to HSC level and was commencing university Mandarin at second year level could take a minor by studying MAND251, MAND252, MAND351 and MAND352.

Subject Codesubject NameCredit PointsSession(s)
Beginners:
MAND151Chinese (Mandarin) for Beginners 1A6Autumn
MAND152Chinese (Mandarin) for Beginners 1B6Spring
MAND251Intermediate Chinese for Non-Chinese Background Students (NCB) 2A8Autumn
MAND252Intermediate Chinese for Non-Chinese Background Students (NCB) 2B8Spring
Students commencing Year 2 with HSC Mandarin:
MAND251Intermediate Chinese for Non-Chinese Background Students (NCB) 2A8Autumn
MAND252Intermediate Chinese for Non-Chinese Background Students (NCB) 2B8Spring
MAND351Advanced Chinese for Non-Chinese Background Students (NCB) 3A8Autumn
MAND352Advanced Chinese for Non-Chinese Background Students (NCB) 3B8Spring

Whilst the minor will not be stipulated on the student's testamur at graduation, it will be recorded on the academic transcript.

Diploma in Languages

Students who wish to undertake a Diploma concurrently with their Bachelors Degree course should refer to the Diploma in Languages for further information.

Honours

See Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 31 October, 2014