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Winter Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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Courses in Chinese

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Winter Term, 2001 (January 4 April 26)

Open courses in Chinese

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Students wanting to begin language study in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, at a level other than first year, must take a placement exam to be held on Tuesday, January 4, 1-3pm. Test locations will be posted outside of the Department office in 3070 FB.


CHIN 102. Beginning Chinese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Hilda Hsi-Huei Tao (htao@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 101. (5). (LR). Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~htao/syllabus.html

In this course, a continuation course of Chinese 101, the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are emphasized. The class meets five hours a week two hours of lecture and three hours of recitation. In the lectures, Chinese characters and grammar will be introduced; in the recitation classes, patterns and conversational skills will be developed. It is our goal that at the end of the term students should be able to carry on simple conversations with each other. Towards the end of the term each student and his/her conversation partner will prepare a 6-minute conversation that will be videotaped and evaluated by the instructors. Daily attendance is required. The text is Integrated Chinese, Level I, Part II. No auditors are allowed. If you already speak Chinese (Mandarin), this is not the right course for you. You should try Chinese 301 in the fall academic term.

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CHIN 202. Second-Year Chinese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Laura Ann Smith Grande (lsgrande@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 201. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is a continuation of work begun in Chinese 201. Students electing the course should have mastered the material presented in the first 10 lessons of Integrated Chinese (Cheng & Tsui, Co. 1997); Lessons 11-20 from that text constitute the focus of the winter course. The primary goals are (a) continued improvement of aural understanding and speaking competence and (b) achievement of a basic level of reading competence. These goals are approached through classroom drills/discussion, oral presentations/skits, out-of-class exercises, and work with language tapes. Students who are native or near-native Mandarin Chinese speakers are not eligible for this course; they should enroll in Chinese 302 (Reading and Writing Chinese), which covers all of the material presented in Chinese 201/202 and is offered in the Winter Term.

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CHIN 225. Calligraphy.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Chen Li

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 101. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of three credits.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

To explore the richness of Chinese calligraphy, this course is designed to include a series of fundamental introductions to the history of Chinese calligraphy, and a brief theoretical framework for evaluation and appreciation; in addition, a practice session will be held in each class to facilitate a hands-on learning process.

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CHIN 250/Asian Studies 251. Undergraduate Seminar in Chinese Culture.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001 Looking at Traditional China Through Its Most Famous Novel: The Story of the Stone.

Instructor(s): David Lee Rolston

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of Chinese language is required. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU). May be repeated with department permission.

First-Year Seminar, Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Asian Studies 251.001.

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CHIN 302. Reading and Writing Chinese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Miao-Ling Hsieh (mlhsieh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Chinese 201, 202, or 362. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed for students with native or near-native speaking ability in Chinese and who know approximately 400 characters. Meeting four hours per week, Chinese 302 focuses on reading and writing Chinese and covers the regular 201/202 reading material. Students will be graded on the basis of daily classroom performance, daily quizzes, periodic tests, and homework assignments. The text is Oh China!: Elementary Reader of Modern Chinese for Advanced Beginners.

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CHIN 391. Honors Course in Chinese.

Language Courses

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the department. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Directed readings aimed at the writing of analytical papers and/or the Honors thesis.

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CHIN 392. Honors Course in Chinese.

Language Courses

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the department. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Directed readings aimed at the writing of analytical papers and/or the Honors thesis.

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CHIN 393. Honors Course in Chinese.

Language Courses

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the department. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Directed readings aimed at the writing of analytical papers and/or the Honors thesis.

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CHIN 394. Honors Course in Chinese.

Language Courses

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the department. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Directed readings aimed at the writing of analytical papers and/or the Honors thesis.

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CHIN 399. Directed Readings.

Language Courses

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the Department. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Individual work and directed readings for undergraduate concentrators. Must be arranged with an instructor.

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CHIN 406. Third-Year Chinese.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Hsin-Hsin Liang

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 405. (5). (Excl).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

All four basic skills reading, writing, listening, and speaking are stressed. In this course, 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. This course meets 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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CHIN 416. Chinese for the Professions.

Language Courses

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 406. (3). (Excl).

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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CHIN 418. Mandarin for Cantonese Speakers II.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Qinghai Chen

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 417. (2). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of four credits.

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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CHIN 419. Computational Chinese.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Qinghai Chen

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 202. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~chenq/419.html

Computers and the Internet are rapidly becoming an important part of Chinese culture. Chinese, after English, is now the most widely used language on the Internet. At the same time, however, processing the Chinese language on a computer and applying various software packages in a Chinese environment remain to be a big challenge. That is why a course is desirable to provide training on Chinese language use in an electronical environment. Chinese 419 will cover language use in four computer applications, namely, Chinese word processing, Chinese e-mail, Power Point presentations in Chinese, and creation of Chinese web pages. Although involving training in computer skills, it will still primarily be a language course because the requirements and activities will emphasize all the aspects of language use listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The instructional strategy of the course will emphasize collaborative learning. Students will work in pairs or teams for the two major projects. Throughout the term, peer feedback will be abundant in frequent group discussions. There are no written exams. Grades are based on successful completion of homework and project assignments.

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CHIN 452. Literary Chinese.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): William H Baxter III

Prerequisites & Distribution: Chinese 202 or 362. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is a course primarily for specialists, requiring knowledge of modern Chinese at least through the second-year level. Through the use of Shadick's A First Course in Literary Chinese and selected handouts, the styles of written Chinese of imperial China from prose to poetry are selectively introduced. Class is taught in small recitation groups requiring constant preparation by the student. Quizzes, tests, and hand-in exercises on a weekly basis, plus a final exam, are used to measure progress. Emphasis is on understanding of the texts, as well as the ability to render them clearly into English. This course is the second half of a two-term sequence that is prerequisite to more advanced Chinese courses. In this term, we continue to read in a variety of texts covering all pre-modern periods. Further practice is aimed at improving understanding of the structure of literary Chinese, introducing the practice of using dictionaries and other aids for interpretation, and increasing familiarity with important grammatical particles. Supplementary areas of concern include policies and problems in using literary Chinese in research, problems of translation, and the general evolution of styles in the literary tradition.

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CHIN 472/Asian Studies 472. Traditional Chinese Drama and Fiction in Translation.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001.

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

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The focus of this course is the development of drama and fiction in premodern China. Written in vernacular Chinese, these works expand the permissible subjects and modes of literary expression giving the reader an intimate "backstage" view of traditional Chinese culture unavailable elsewhere. Course requirements are several short papers, a final exam, and participation in class discussion. Readings include, depending on availability,

  • plays: Chinese Theater in the Days of Kublai Khan, The Lute, and The Peach Blossom Fan;
  • short stories: Stories from a Ming Collection, Silent Operas;
  • autobiography: Six Records of a Floating Life; and
  • novels: The Plum in the Golden Vase (cc. 1-20), The Tower of Myriad Mirrors, The Story of the Stone (v. 1), and The Travels of Lao Ts'an.

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CHIN 475/Asian Studies 475/RC Hums. 475/Phil. 475/Hist. of Art 487. The Arts and Letters of China.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Shuen-Fu Lin (lsf@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This interdisciplinary course is taught jointly by faculty specialists in Chinese philosophy, religion, history of art, drama and literature. It is not a survey course. Instead the main task will be the sustained and critical study of a number of significant and representative works in order to present some major themes of the distinct and complex civilizations of China. In spite of inner tensions, this is a cultural tradition that can be seen as a highly integrated system composed of mutually reinforcing parts, making such an interdisciplinary and multimedia approach particularly effective. Toward the end of the term we will observe the system's collapse as it struggles to adapt to the modern world, consider how our themes continue, persist, or change. Background lectures on history, language, and early religion will be followed by topics and readings that include: Confucianism (Mencius) and Taoism (Chuang-Tzu); themes in Chinese religiosity, Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism; classical narratives; lyricism and visual experience in poetry and landscape painting; traditional storyteller tales; poetic-musical theater; fiction of modern "revolutionary" and post-Mao China.

Course format: lectures and discussions by Baxter (language); Des Forges (film); Feuerwerker (modern fiction); Ivanhoe (philosophy); Lam (music); Lin (poetry); Powers (art history); Rolston (theater and traditional fiction); Sharf (religion). Students should register for both the lecture section, and one of the three discussion sections. No prerequisites. Requirements: occasional brief responses to readings, three short papers, and final exam.

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CHIN 476/Asian Studies 476/RC Hums. 476. Writer and Society in Modern China.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Alexander Des Forges

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of Chinese is required. (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines twentieth-century Chinese literary texts with reference to contemporary Chinese theories of literature. We will examine the role and self-conception of the writer, changing views of gender and sexuality, the relationship between literature and film, and the interplay of aesthetics and politics in theories of literature. Some questions to be considered in this course include: What is literature? What role does politics play in the production of literature? Is "modernity" a useful concept in studying twentieth-century Chinese literature? Is there a meaningful relationship between literary theory and literary practice?

Readings will include stories by Lu Xun, "Sea of Regret" (Wu Jianren), "Miss Sophie's Diary" (Ding LIng), "Love in a Fallen City" (Eileen Chang), "Shanghai Express" (Zhang Henshui), as well as more recent works from Taiwan and the People's Republic. Readings in literary criticism and theories of literature will include essays by Liang Qichao, Lu Xun, Eileen Chang, Mao Zedong, and critics writing in the 1980s and 1990s. We will also consider parallel developments in cinematic production through such films as "Yellow Earth" and "Chungking Express". Requirements: Weekly short response (one paragraph), short paper, and long paper. No final exam; no knowledge of Chinese required.

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