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.Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LC 112: Second-Semester Chinese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 111.
    Essentials of structure, oral practice, introduction to the writing system.Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • 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. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LC 200: Topics in Chinese Language & Literature
    Topic for Fall 2019: Forbidden Romance in Modern China. Introduces the fictional representations of amorous engagement in Chinese literary modernity. Examines how the modern lure of free will drove Chinese to redefine terms of affect, such as love, desire, passion, sexuality, loyalty, dedication, revolution, and sacrifice.
  • CAS LC 211: Third-Semester Chinese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 112.
    Review of structure and grammar, practice in conversation and writing, introduction to reading. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • 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. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • 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. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • 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. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • 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. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • 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. Effective Spring 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LC 280: Chinese Classics in Today's World (in English translation)
    Discusses canonical texts, such as the "Five Confucian Classics" and "Four Books," which for millennia have defined Chinese culture, and reflects on their appeal, significance, and current comeback in Chinese pop culture and politics. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LC 285: Topics in Chinese Literature (in English translation)
    May be taken for credit as topics vary. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • 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. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LC 311: Third Year Modern Chinese 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 212.
    Readings and discussion in modern Chinese of a range of authentic materials, including essays, newspaper articles and multi-media recourses. Explore social issues in contemporary Chinese society (e.g. love and marriage, education, employment, population, housing problem, etc.) and compare them with the other countries. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LC 312: Third Year Modern Chinese 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 311; or consent of instructor. Enrollment in BU's Study Abroad Shanghai Programs.
    Readings and discussion in modern Chinese of selected nonliterary and literary materials,including newspaper articles, short stories, and essays. Regular compositions required.
  • CAS LC 313: Chinese through Theater and Performance
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 311; or consent of instructor.
    This course explores communication through reading, writing, discussing and performing theater in Chinese. It focuses on linguistic, para-linguistic, and cultural aspects in authentic drama, and help learners express ideational, emotional, and social meanings in theatrical settings that simulate real life. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Digital/Multimedia Expression, Creativity/Innovation, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • 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. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LC 315: Classical Chinese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 212 or CAS LC 216; or consent of instructor.
    Learning the basic syntactical, lexical, and semantic features of classical Chinese by reading original ancient texts from Pre-Qin to the Qing, and examining how active classical Chinese is in modern Chinese, in order to understand this cultural and linguistic heritage. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LC 317: Chinese in Modern Society
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 311; or consent of instructor.
    Explore a wide range of social issues that contemporary China confronts today through media, press, movie, literature and art. Students continue developing Chinese communication skills and cultural awareness. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • 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.