Chinese: Language, Literature, Culture (including courses in English)

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  • CAS LC 111: First-Semester Chinese
    Essentials of structure, oral practice, introduction to the writing system.
  • CAS LC 112: Second-Semester Chinese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 111.
    Essentials of structure, oral practice, introduction to the writing system.
  • CAS LC 116: Chinese Reading and Writing 1
    Intensive course covering first-year Chinese in one semester for students who speak Mandarin but possess limited or no reading and writing skills. Listening and speaking skills are also developed; aspects of students' Chinese heritage are explored.
  • CAS LC 211: Third-Semester Chinese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 112.
    Review of structure and grammar, practice in conversation and writing, introduction to reading.
  • CAS LC 212: Fourth-Semester Chinese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 211.
    Review of structure and grammar, practice in conversation and writing, introduction to reading. Satisfactory completion of CAS LC 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement.
  • CAS LC 216: Chinese Reading and Writing 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 116; , or placement test results.
    Intensive course covering second-year Chinese in one semester for students who speak Mandarin. Training in listening and speaking, but emphasis is on reading and writing; aspects of students' Chinese heritage are also explored. Satisfactory completion of CAS LC 216 fulfills the CAS language requirement.
  • CAS LC 250: Masterpieces of Classical Chinese Literature (in English translation)
    Panoramic overview of three thousand years of Chinese literature from its beginnings to the threshold of modernity. Discusses masterpieces of one of the world's oldest continuous traditions in their cultural context and in the context of literatures around the world. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LC 251: Masterpieces of Modern Chinese Literature (in English translation)
    Modern Chinese literature tells stories of trauma, accommodation, and resistance. It offers private and public records of tumultuous transitions. This course focuses on great works of transformative importance. Authors include Lu Xun, Wang Meng, and Jin Yong. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LC 260: Gateway to Asian Cultures
    Panoramic introduction to the cultures of East and South Asia in comparative perspective (China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, India). Examines shared foundations, transformative inflection points, sites, peoples, and ideologies over the past two millennia through primary texts and media. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS CAS LJ 260, CAS LK 260, CAS LN 260, and CAS XL 260.
  • CAS LC 283: Chinese Civilization (in English translation)
    An interdisciplinary introduction to Chinese culture, including social life, thought, literature, and fine arts. Emphasis placed on the major cultural and social developments from prehistory to the nineteenth century that have a particular relevance to understanding modern China.
  • CAS LC 285: Topics in Chinese Literature (in English translation)
    Topic for Fall 2017: Chinese Drama and Performing Arts. Interdisciplinary approach to Chinese theatrical traditions and performance. Famous dramatic works are studied for their theatricality and interpreted within the context of the theatrical spaces, situations, and practices of the time when they were written and produced. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LC 286: Topics in Chinese Culture (in English translation)
    Two topics are offered in Fall 2017. Students may take one or both for credit. Section A1: Food Culture of China. A study of Chinese food culture, including artistic and literary representations, history of agriculture, food preservation and preparation, medicinal uses, restaurant culture, and food as a commodity. Section B1: Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy. Students learn the history of the Chinese writing system and gain insights into the historical developments of Chinese calligraphy, and, through practice, gain basic knowledge and skills required for a Chinese calligrapher.
  • CAS LC 287: Screening Modern China (in English translation)
    Major Chinese films interpreted in light of modern Chinese history and culture. Focus on questions of national and cultural identity in films from the 1980s to the present day by directors from Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. In English.
  • CAS LC 311: Third Year Modern Chinese 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 212.
    Readings in modern Chinese. Readings and discussion in Chinese of selected nonliterary and literary materials, including newspaper articles, short stories, and essays. Regular compositions required.
  • CAS LC 313: Chinese through Theater and Acting
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 311; or consent of instructor.
    Emphasizes both oral and textual communication through reading, writing, discussing and performing live theater in Chinese. Explores cultural aspects of Chinese-speaking worlds and the expression of ideational/emotional/social meanings in theatrical settings that simulate real life.
  • CAS LC 314: Classical Chinese 1 for Students of East Asia
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 112 or CAS LJ 212; or advanced Korean with consent of instructor.
    Introductory readings in Classical Chinese for students of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Learn the shared literary language of premodern East Asia and read masterpieces of East Asian philosophy, history, poetry, and fiction in the original. Also offered as CAS LJ 314 and CAS LK 314.
  • CAS LC 315: Classical Chinese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 212 or CAS LC 216; or consent of instructor.
    Basic grammatical components of classical Chinese with emphasis on word and phrase construction, particles, and sentence structure. Original texts from ancient mythology, philosophy, literature, geography, medicine, science, and technology. Course conducted in Chinese.
  • CAS LC 316: Topics in Classical Chinese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 314 or CAS LC 315; , or equivalent knowledge of Classical Chinese.
    Reading and discussion of Classical Chinese literature for students with basic knowledge of Classical Chinese. (Course conducted in Chinese or English, depending on topic.) Topic for Spring 2016: Ancient Chinese Fiction. An introduction to ancient Chinese fiction, including novels written in classical Chinese from the third century B.C. to the prosperous period of the fourteenth-nineteenth centuries. All readings in the original.
  • CAS LC 318: Touring China
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 311; or consent of instructor.
    Advanced Chinese language course focusing on China's diverse regional cultures and histories: Includes components such as language architecture, literature, cuisine, local folk art, fashion, religion, and specialized local products.
  • CAS LC 319: Practical Chinese: Chinese in Intercultural Communication
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 311; or consent of instructor.
    Learn how Chinese communicate differently with people from other cultures. Develop real life communication skills to use Chinese appropriately in diverse contexts (small talk, refusal, request, etc.) through analyzing authentic conversations, role-play, reading, case studies, and interacting with native speakers.