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Fall '00 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Chinese (Division 339)

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Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

Open courses in Chinese

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Chinese 405. Third-Year Chinese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Hsin-hsin Liang (hliang@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 202 or 362. (5).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Chinese 405 and 406 comprise a two-term sequence that makes up the third year of study in the Chinese language program. All four basic skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) are stressed. In Chinese 405, along with structured grammatical patterns, students primarily learn the strategies and skills required for reading Chinese newspapers. The textbook in Chinese 405 is A New Text for a Modern China. In Chinese 406, students learn to read various styles and genres of modern Chinese, including fiction, essays, and occasionally poetry. Course readings are selected from a large variety of genuine Chinese materials; there is no textbook. On completing third-year Chinese, students should (with the aid of a dictionary) be able to read and discuss most non-technical subjects in modern Chinese. Both Chinese 405 and 406 meet five hours per week. Of these, three hours are devoted to understanding and discussing the reading material. The fourth hour is reserved for oral presentations, discussions, and skits. The fifth hour is used for taking quizzes or tests. Student work is evaluated on the basis of daily attendance, exercises, one dictation every second day, and one quiz or test per week. The class is conducted mainly in Chinese.

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Chinese 416. Chinese for the Professions.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Qinghai Chen (chenq@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 406. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~chenq/416.html

Chinese for the Professions (i.e., Business Chinese) focuses on practical language skills that are most helpful in actual business interactions with Chinese-speaking communities. Classroom activities, largely in the form of real world simulation, will be based on authentic documents and correspondence as well as a textbook. Some highlights are: business negotiation in international trade, business letter writing, business documents comprehension/translation, business oral presentation, commercial language, and word processing. Through intensive practice in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the Chinese language for business purposes, students will enhance their cultural awareness and acquire vocabulary, phrases, and sentence patterns commonly used in typical Chinese business contexts.

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Chinese 417. Mandarin for Cantonese Speakers I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Qinghai Chen (chenq@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 406. (2).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course is specifically designed to help Cantonese-speaking students who have advanced Chinese reading and writing skills but lack oral Mandarin (Putonghua) competence. Classroom activities, based on intensive pinyin drills, are exclusively guided oral practice and corrections. Cantonese native speakers without an advanced level in reading and writing are encouraged to attend Chinese core courses or, if qualified, Chinese 378.

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Chinese 461. Readings in Modern Chinese.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Qinghai Chen (chenq@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 406. (5).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~chenq/461-2.html

Chinese 461-462 is a two-term Chinese language course sequence with graded readings at an advanced level. Texts chosen from a variety of sources in both Mainland China and Taiwan include 20th-century fiction and essays on various topics. While students are helped to further improve command of structure and vocabulary in a range of language styles, the primary emphasis of the sequence is on reading comprehension with the aim of enabling students to read original materials with less reliance on a dictionary. Development of speaking and writing skills will also be stressed through discussions on the readings. In the second term, longer texts will be used, and efforts will be made to improve reading skills and speed. At times when Chinese 431-432 (Contemporary Social Science Text) is not offered simultaneously, a social science component may be arranged to accommodate to the wider interest and demand of students. Daily attendance, weekly assignments and quizzes as well as unit tests are required. There is no final exam. Classes are conducted largely in Chinese.

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Chinese 471/Asian Studies 471. Classical Chinese Literature in Translation.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Rolston (drolston@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of Chinese required. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course looks at the foundational period of traditional Chinese literature, from the very beginnings to the 13th century. A large variety of different types of writing are introduced, from philosophical works to poetry to short fiction. An ample anthology, Stephen Owen's Anthology of Chinese Literature, contains the bulk of the readings, as well as witty commentary by the editor. This anthology will be supplemented with course pack material in areas that are not very well represented (e.g., Buddhist writings and fiction). Background on Chinese society and interactions between literature, culture, and history will be conveyed through short lectures and through a secondary text, A Guide to Chinese Literature. Even though some lecturing will, regrettably, have to take place, the emphasis will be on students' reaction to and understanding of the texts read and discussion will be welcomed and promoted. Students will take a midterm and a final, write three short papers, and participate in class. The writing of good papers will be emphasized.

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Chinese 588. Sinological Tools and Methods.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses in Chinese

Section 001.

Instructor(s): William Baxter (wbaxter@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 452. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2000/fall/lsa/chin/588/001.nsf

This course covers skills and materials necessary for scholarship in premodern Chinese literature, history, art history, and thought. It is intended to serve as a bridge from general elementary classical language study to proseminars and seminars in specialized fields. The first section of the course provides an introduction to and practice with a range of lexical and technical aids, including Western language, Chinese, and Japanese dictionaries, encyclopedia, concordances, indices, atlases, and conversion charts. Practice in locating and understanding classical texts is a key part of the course, and, when possible, students' current research interests are indulged. Emphasis is always on the systematic, accurate, and efficient culling of information from the research library. Briefer sections are devoted to the utilization of modern scholarship on China in books and periodicals and access to such scholarship through bibliographies, comprehensive studies, and library catalogs. Some attention is devoted to the acquisition of materials, the interpretation and presentation of publication data, and other style sheet issues. There are weekly projects to exercise developing skills, assigned with the goal of improving reading levels in tandem with other research skills. Three or four brief (2-3 page) research papers are required, one on a topic, one on the history of a text, one on a historical figure, and one critical review of a piece of modern scholarship.

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Chinese 668/Hist. 668. Studies in Early Chinese History.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Chung-shu Chang

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing and permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See History 668.001.

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Chinese 695/Hist. of Art 690. Topics in the Theory and Criticism of Chinese Art.

Section 001 Text and Image in Early Modern China.

Instructor(s): Powers

Prerequisites & Distribution: One 400-level or higher Chinese Art History or Chinese literature course and 2 yrs. Chinese language. Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~hartspc/histart/F2000/690-001.html

See History of Art 690.001.

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Chinese 699. Directed Readings and Research in Chinese.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of department. Graduate standing. (1-6). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided

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Chinese 701. Master's Essay.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of department. Graduate standing. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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Chinese 825/Hist. 825/Anthro. 825/Econ. 825/Pol. Sci. 825/Soc. 825. Seminar in Chinese History and Society.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Knowledge of Chinese or Japanese. Graduate standing. (3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See History 825.001.

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Chinese 990. Dissertation/Precandidate.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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Chinese 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. Graduate standing. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

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