Undergraduate Courses

Chinese (Mandarin) for Character 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.

This major in Chinese (Mandarin) is for students who have an education background in the Chinese language. It provides a course of study which allows students to specialise in Chinese language and culture.

Students without a background in characters should enrol in the major Chinese (Mandarin) for Non-Chinese Background Students and should consult the appropriate Subject Co-ordinator of Chinese if they are uncertain of their status.

Major Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of Mandarin language and grammar from the comparative linguistic perspective.
  2. Effectively communicate in a wide range of genres in Mandarin, including academic essay writing at undergraduate level.
  3. Comprehend Classical Chinese texts with the assistance of annotations.
  4. Critically analyse and evaluate Chinese heritage, modern Chinese history and contemporary China.

 

Subjects Required Major Study

A major in Chinese (Mandarin) for students with a background in Chinese characters consists of 66 credit points as outlined in the table below.

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Core
ELL 110 Language in Social Life 6 Spring
MAND161 Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students (CBS) 1A 6 Autumn
MAND162 Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students (CBS) 1B 6 Spring
MAND261 Intermediate Chinese for Character Background Speakers (CBS) 2A 8 Autumn
MAND262 Intermediate Chinese for Character Background Speakers (CBS) 2B 8 Spring
MAND361 Advanced Chinese for Character Background Speakers (CBS) 3A 8 Autumn
MAND362 Advanced Chinese for Character Background Speakers (CBS) 3B 8 Not offered in 2015
Plus ONE subject from:
ELL 210 Communication Across Cultures 8 Autumn
HIST252 A History of Modern China 8 Autumn
Plus at 300-level 8 credit point subject with appropriate content as approved by the Languages and Linguistics Discipline Leader and the Director of the Language Centre.

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 and 32 credit points for students beginning at upper levels).

Example: A student beginner could take a minor by studying MAND161, MAND162, MAND261 and MAND262.

An advanced student who has a background in characters and who speaks some Mandarin or another dialect when commencing university Mandarin at second year level, could take a minor by studying MAND261, MAND262, MAND361 and MAND362.

Subject Codesubject NameCredit PointsSession(s)
Beginners - Minor
MAND161Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students (CBS) 1A6Autumn
MAND162Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students (CBS) 1B6Spring
MAND261Intermediate Chinese for Character Background Speakers (CBS) 2A8Autumn
MAND262Intermediate Chinese for Character Background Speakers (CBS) 2B8Spring
Advanced - Minor
MAND261Intermediate Chinese for Character Background Speakers (CBS) 2A8Autumn
MAND262Intermediate Chinese for Character Background Speakers (CBS) 2B8Spring
MAND361Advanced Chinese for Character Background Speakers (CBS) 3A8Autumn
MAND362Advanced Chinese for Character Background Speakers (CBS) 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: 15 July, 2015