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Module LXC-1100:
Intro. to Chinese Studies

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics and Media

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Shasha Wang

Overall aims and purpose

This module is intended to introduce to students a basic but broad scope of Chinese history, literature and culture. It addresses some of the key concerns and issues in these areas. This module aims to give a good background knowledge for acquiring the language as well as lay a solid foundation for exploring more complex topics in Chinese Studies in later years.

Course content

This is an introductory course on some of the central concerns and issues in Chinese literature, history and culture. Students will be familiarised with a variety of literary genres, historical themes, and cultural theories through representative readings from primary and secondary sources. This module is taught primarily in English.

Assessment Criteria


C- - B+: Solid comprehension of the given topic; focussed answers with good structure; arguments presented coherently; good presentation with accurate communication.


A- - A*: Detailed comprehension of the given topic; highly focussed answer and well structure; logically presented and defended arguments; excellent presentation with very accurate communication.


D- - D+: Satisfactory comprehension of the given topic; answer focusing on question but also with some irrelevant material and weaknesses in structure; arguments presented but lack coherence; some weaknesses in presentation and accuracy.

Learning outcomes

  1. demonstrate general knowledge of the field of Chinese studies with a particular focus on history, literature and culture from earlier times;

  2. contextualize and analyse some aspects of historical events, simple literary works, cultural movements in English;

  3. acquire skills in evaluating diverse perspectives on Chinese history and culture and arrive at an informed judgment of issues.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY Essay 30
ESSAY Essay 50

Teaching and Learning Strategy


1-hour lecture/seminar each week.

Private study 178

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others


Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: