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

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  • 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.
  • CAS LC 320: Advanced Classical Chinese
    Readings of classical Chinese poetry, philosophy, and short and long fiction for students with a foundation in literary Chinese. Selected materials address perennial human questions and are drawn from the past three millennia of the Chinese textual tradition. 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 322: Business Chinese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 311; or consent of instructor.
    Advanced Chinese language course focuses on both oral and written communication to prepare students for employment or research in a variety of China-related fields or in Chinese-speaking communities. Specific topics vary by semester. 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, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • CAS LC 401: Sr Indep Work
  • CAS LC 402: Sr Indep Work
  • CAS LC 411: Fourth Year Modern Chinese 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 312; and enrollment in BU's Study Abroad Shanghai Programs.
    Advanced-level readings in modern Chinese. Discussion in Chinese of literary materials in various forms and styles. Special attention to works written between 1919 and 1949. Regular compositions and lab work (tapes and films).
  • CAS LC 412: Fourth Year Modern Chinese 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 411; and enrollment in BU's Study Abroad Shanghai Programs.
    Advanced-level readings in modern Chinese. Discussion in Chinese of literary materials in various forms and styles. Special attention to works written between 1919 and 1949. Regular compositions required.
  • CAS LC 420: Topics in Chinese through Media
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: two 300-level modern Chinese courses (LC311, 312, 313, 318, or 319) or consent of instructor.
    Specific topics vary by semester. Topic for Fall 2023: Read and discuss Internet-related current issues about China from newspapers and videos. Participate in virtual exchange project with Chinese native speakers to examine media bias. Learn common words and writing styles of news articles; practice narrating news stories, supporting opinions in both oral and written communication. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Digital/Multimedia Expression.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
  • CAS LC 421: Topics in Chinese Language & Culture (in Chinese)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 412; demonstrated fluency in Chinese, and enrollment in the Shanghai Language & Culture Program.
    Topic TBA
  • CAS LC 440: Mass Media and Social Change in Modern China
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LC 311; or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
    The Chinese press, radio, and television from their late nineteenth-century beginnings to the present as major forces shaping public opinion and mass culture. Focus on the cultural, economic, and political implications of the media, including entertainment and advertising.
  • CAS LC 450: The Chinese Novel
    In-depth study of Chinese fiction from the classical tradition to modern times. Readings from significant works, illuminating issues in Chinese history and culture: Dream of the Red Chamber, Three Kingdoms, Outlaws of the Marsh, and modern classics.
  • CAS LC 451: Visual Politics: Propaganda Art, Literature, and "Model Films" during the Chinese Cultural Revolution 1966-1976
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS WR 100, CAS WR 120 or equivalent.
    A study of "model films," poster art, and literature during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. A critical approach to the larger cultural and political context of socialist art and literature as well as its legacy in China today. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Aesthetic Exploration.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CAS LC 470: Topics in Chinese Literature and Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120).
    Topic for Spring 2023: Engages with literary and cultural history of late imperial China through an in-depth examination of the works by Zhang Dai (1597-1679), Li Yu (1611-1680), Pu Songling (1640-1715), and Kong Shangren (1648-1718). Introduction to different literary genres, including literary sketches, vernacular short stories, classical tales, and dramas. In the 18-19 Academic Year, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing Intensive course. Effective Fall 2019, this course does not carry any Hub units.
  • CAS LC 480: Modern Chinese Literature & Film
    A seminar on the major works of modern Chinese literature and cinema from the May Fourth period to the present, with a focus on close reading and visual analysis. 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 486: Workshop on Translating and Interpreting Chinese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: two LC 300-level courses or consent of instructor.
    Enhances students' knowledge of Chinese by developing practical skills in translating and interpreting. Students practice translating a variety of text types, using various dictionaries and internet sources, and interpreting in different situations.
  • CAS LC 491: Directed Study: Chinese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Advising.
    Application form available in department.
  • CAS LC 492: Directed Study: Chinese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Advising.
    Application form available in department.
  • CAS LC 511: Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Methods of teaching Chinese language, including pronunciation, characters, grammar, pragmatics, culture, and oral and written proficiency. Explores proficiency-based instruction, technology-enhanced language teaching, content-based curriculum, use of authentic media, and assessment. Students also observe and practice teaching in Chinese language classes.