Chinese

Since offerings its first Chinese language courses in 1957-1958, UBC has developed one of the most comprehensive programs of Chinese studies in North America.   A key strength of the program is its two different heritage and non-heritage tracks that allow the program to meet the very different needs of both heritage and non-heritage learners of Chinese. With some 2,000 individual registrations annually, the Chinese Language Program in the Department of Asian Studies has become North America’s largest program in Chinese Language, and in addition to its older Major in Asian Language and Culture (Chinese) the Department now boasts a new Major in Asian Language and Culture (Chinese Literature).

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A comprehensive list of courses offered by the Department of Asian Studies can be found in the UBC Calendar.

Winter 2016

CHIN131 Basic Chinese I: Part 1 (Non-Heritage) Sections

Skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Mandarin Chinese, an active vocabulary of about 250 Chinese words, and basic grammar. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 131 or CHIN 101 or CHIN 134.

CHIN133 Basic Chinese I: Part 2 (Non-Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 131. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 133 or CHIN 103 or CHIN 134.

CHIN134 Intensive Basic Chinese I (Non-Heritage) Sections

Skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Mandarin Chinese, an active vocabulary of about 500 Chinese words, and basic grammar. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 134 or CHIN 104 or both CHIN 101, CHIN 103, or both CHIN 131, CHIN 133.

CHIN141 Basic Chinese I: Part 1 (Heritage) Sections

Skills in listening to and speaking Mandarin and reading and writing modern written Chinese. Emphasis on reading and writing. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 141 or CHIN 111 or CHIN 144.

CHIN143 Basic Chinese I: Part 2 (Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 141. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 143 or CHIN 113 or CHIN 144.

Winter 2016

CHIN231 Basic Chinese II: Part 1 (Non-Heritage) Sections

Skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Mandarin Chinese, active vocabulary of about 750 Chinese words, and basic grammar. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 231 or CHIN 105 or CHIN 234.

CHIN233 Basic Chinese II: Part 2 (Non-Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 231. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 233 or CHIN 107, or CHIN 234.

CHIN234 Intensive Basic Chinese II (Non-Heritage) Sections

Skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Mandarin Chinese, an active vocabulary of about 1000 Chinese words, and basic grammar. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 234 or CHIN 108 or both CHIN 105, CHIN 107, or both CHIN 231, CHIN 233.

CHIN241 Basic Chinese II: Part 1 (Heritage) Sections

Skills in listening to and speaking Mandarin and reading and writing modern written Chinese. Emphasis on reading and writing. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 241 or CHIN 115 or CHIN 244.

CHIN243 Basic Chinese II: Part 2 (Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 241. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 243 or CHIN 117 or CHIN 244.

Winter 2016

CHIN331 Intermediate Chinese I: Part 1 (Non-Heritage) Sections

Skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and understanding of Chinese culture. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 331 or CHIN 201 or CHIN 334.

CHIN333 Intermediate Chinese I: Part 2 (Non-Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 331. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 333 or CHIN 203 or CHIN 334.

CHIN334 Intensive Intermediate Chinese I (Non-Heritage) Sections

Skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and better understanding of Chinese culture. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 334 or CHIN 204 or both CHIN 201, CHIN 203 or both CHIN 331, CHIN 333.

CHIN335 Intermediate Chinese II: Part I (Non-Heritage) Sections

Skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and better understanding of Chinese culture. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 335 or CHIN 205 or CHIN 338.

CHIN337 Intermediate Chinese II: Part 2 (Non-Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 335. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 337 or CHIN 207 or CHIN 338.

CHIN338 Intensive Intermediate Chinese II (Non-Heritage) Sections

Skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and understanding of Chinese culture. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 338 or CHIN 208 or both CHIN 205, CHIN 207 or both CHIN 335, CHIN 337.

CHIN341 Intermediate Chinese I: Part 1 (Heritage) Sections

Integrated skills in modern Chinese. Focus on reading, writing, and better understanding of Chinese culture. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 341 or CHIN 211 or CHIN 344.

CHIN343 Intermediate Chinese I: Part 2 (Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 341. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 343 or CHIN 213 or CHIN 344.

CHIN345 Intermediate Chinese II: Part I (Heritage) Sections

Integrated skills in modern Chinese. Focus on reading, writing, and better understanding of Chinese culture. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 345 or CHIN 215 or CHIN 348.

CHIN347 Intermediate Chinese II: Part 2 (Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 345. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 347 or CHIN 217 or CHIN 348.

Winter 2016

CHIN401 Advanced Chinese Reading and Writing I (Non-Heritage) Sections

Reading and writing skills addressing social, cultural, and economic issues. Can be taken concurrently with CHIN 405. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 401 or CHIN 301 or CHIN 404.

CHIN403 Advanced Chinese Reading and Writing II (Non-Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 401. Can be taken concurrently with CHIN 407. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 403 or CHIN 303 or CHIN 404.

CHIN405 Advanced Chinese Speaking and Writing I (Non-Heritage) Sections

More formal styles of oral and written communication. Can be taken concurrently with CHIN 401. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 405 or CHIN 305 or CHIN 408.

CHIN407 Advanced Chinese Speaking and Writing II (Non-Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 405. Can be taken concurrently with CHIN 403. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 407 or CHIN 307 or CHIN 408.

CHIN435 Business Chinese I (Heritage) Sections

Reading, writing, and presentation skills in business documentation, focusing on technical Chinese as used in the workplace. Emphasis on specialized vocabulary and development of communicative competence as relevant to advertising, the stock market and E-commerce. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 435 or CHIN 321.

CHIN437 Business Chinese II (Heritage) Sections

Reading, writing, and presentation skills in business documentation, focusing on technical Chinese as used in the workplace. Emphasis on specialized vocabulary and development of communicative competence as relevant to legal and financial documents such as contracts, investments, and insurance. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 437 or CHIN 323.

CHIN441 Advanced Chinese Reading and Writing I (Heritage) Sections

Transition from language to literature. Can be taken concurrently with CHIN 435 and CHIN 445. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 441 or CHIN 311 or CHIN 444.

CHIN443 Advanced Chinese Reading and Writing II (Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 441. Can be taken concurrently with CHIN 437 and/or CHIN 447. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 443 or CHIN 313 or CHIN 444.

CHIN445 Advanced Chinese Speaking and Writing I (Heritage) Sections

Public-speaking and writing skills at an advanced level. Can be taken concurrently with CHIN 435 and/or CHIN 441. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 445 or CHIN 315 or CHIN 448.

CHIN447 Advanced Chinese Speaking and Writing II (Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 445. Can be taken concurrently with CHIN 437and/or CHIN 443. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 447 or CHIN 317 or CHIN 448.

CHIN451 Introductory Modern Chinese Literature I (Non-Heritage) Sections

A reading-intensive introduction to modern Chinese literature from 1900 to 1949, with a focus on fiction. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 451 or CHIN 411.

CHIN453 Introductory Modern Chinese Literature II (Non-Heritage) Sections

A reading-intensive introduction to modern Chinese literature from 1949 to the present, with a focus on fiction. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 453 or CHIN 413.

CHIN461 Early Classical Chinese Poetry (to Han) Sections

Readings in classical poetry from the pre-Qin to the end of the Han Dynasties, at an advanced level. Not to be taken concurrently with any CHIN courses lower than 400-level.

Instructor(s): Mou, Huaichuan

CHIN463 Early Classical Chinese Poetry (Han to Tang) Sections

Readings in classical poetry from the Six Dynasties to early Tang, at an advanced level. Not to be taken concurrently with any CHIN courses lower than 400-level.

Instructor(s): Mou, Huaichuan

CHIN471 Later Classical Chinese Poetry (Tang) Sections

Readings in classical poetry from the time of Du Fu (712-770) to the end of the Tang Dynasty, at an advanced level. Not to be taken concurrently with any CHIN courses lower than 400-level. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 471 or 474.

Instructor(s): Liu, Xueshun SCHMIDT, JERRY DEAN

CHIN473 Later Classical Chinese Poetry (after Tang) Sections

Readings in classical poetry from the Song to the Qing dynasties, at an advanced level. Not to be taken concurrently with any CHIN courses lower than 400-level. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 473 or 474.

Instructor(s): Liu, Xueshun SCHMIDT, JERRY DEAN

CHIN481 Modern Chinese Literature I (Heritage) Sections

Selected readings from the May Fourth Era to present. Not to be taken concurrently with any CHIN courses lower than 400-level.

CHIN483 Modern Chinese Literature II (Heritage) Sections

Historical continuation of CHIN 481. Not to be taken concurrently with any CHIN courses lower than 400-level.

CHIN484 Intensive Modern Chinese Literature (Heritage) Sections

A combination of CHIN 481 and 483. Selected readings from the May Fourth Era to the present. Not to be taken concurrently with any CHIN courses lower than 400-level.

Instructor(s): Li, Tianming

CHIN491 Classical Chinese I (Heritage) Sections

The development of early Chinese from the classical period through the Six Dynasties (5th century BCE to 6th century CE). Not to be taken concurrently with any CHIN courses lower than 400-level. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 491 or CHIN 431.

CHIN493 Classical Chinese II (Heritage) Sections

Focus in on the Tang and Song dynasties (617 - 1279). Not to be taken concurrently with any CHIN courses lower than 400-level. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 493 or CHIN 433.