Course Descriptions - Undergraduate Calendar 2017-2018

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  1. Students who are interested in the Chinese language courses should be aware that the completion of at least three courses in a subject is recommended for a minimum working knowledge of the language. The Chinese and East Asian culture courses may provide useful background for students intending to spend time in the Far East.
  2. Students who have previous experience with or who have studied the Chinese language at the elementary or secondary school level should not enrol in first-year level courses of the same language. Such students should consult the Renison Registrar's Office regarding the appropriate level to enter.
  3. Two tracks of introductory courses are offered. China 101R and 102R are beginning level sequenced courses designed for complete beginners who have little or no background in Chinese. China 120R is designed for advanced beginners who have some Chinese background either in speaking or writing Chinese characters. The pinyin system of pronunciation and simplified form of Chinese characters are used in all the Chinese courses offered.
  4. Students seeking entry into Chinese courses who have not previously taken a course in Chinese at Renison University College must complete a Placement Application Form (PDF). Renison reserves the right to allocate students to the appropriate class based on this assessment.
  5. Students are not permitted to enrol in more than one Chinese language course at the same time.
  6. Renison University College reserves the right to refuse admission to, and/or credit for, any of its language courses to a student who has, in Renison's view, a level of competence unsuited to the course(s).

CHINA 100s

CHINA 101R LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 004201
First-Year Chinese 1
An introductory course for students who have little or no prior background in writing, speaking, or understanding any dialect of the Chinese language to develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Practical oral and written exercises provide a firm grammatical foundation for further study.
[Note: CHINA 101R is not open to speakers of any Chinese dialect.]
Antireq: CHINA 120R

CHINA 102R LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 004202
First-Year Chinese 2
With the completion of the study of the rudiments of phonetics (as provided in CHINA 101R), the emphasis in this course shifts to grammar and character writing. Vocabulary will be expanded to between 500 and 700 words.
[Note: CHINA 102R is not open to students with native, near-native, or similar advanced ability.]
Prereq: CHINA 101R.
Antireq: CHINA 120R

CHINA 120R LAB,LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 010373
Advanced First-Year Chinese
Equivalent to 101R and 102R but covered in one term. This introductory Chinese course is designed for two major groups of students who have different initial advantages in learning Chinese: 1) students who have substantial aural-oral proficiency but limited ability in reading and writing Chinese characters and 2) those who know characters but cannot speak Mandarin (Putonghua).
[Note: CHINA 120R is not open to students with native, near-native, or similar advanced ability.]
Antireq: CHINA 101R, 102R

CHINA 200s

CHINA 200R LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 013652
Preliminary Second-Year Chinese
This course expands the vocabulary and sentence patterns for students who have acquired 400 Chinese characters. Attention is paid to grammar, vocabulary, and discourse by interweaving cultural norms and customs. Reading comprehension is emphasized, encouraging the transition from pinyin to characters.
Prereq: CHINA 102R

CHINA 201R LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 004203
Second-Year Chinese 1
Development of speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. This course and its follow-up (CHINA 202R) include a survey of grammar, complex sentences, and logical stress.
Prereq: CHINA 102R or 120R.
Antireq: CHINA 211R, 212R

CHINA 202R LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 004204
Second-Year Chinese 2
The study of Chinese characters receives more emphasis. Grammar instruction includes comparisons and different kinds of complements. The course includes topics of interest to students illustrating cultural differences between China and the West. Upon completion of CHINA 201R and 202R, the student should have a reading vocabulary of 1,600 Chinese characters and have learnt about 300 key sentence patterns.
Prereq: CHINA 201R.
Antireq: CHINA 211R, 212R

CHINA 300s

CHINA 301R LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 012321
Third-Year Chinese 1
A course to consolidate, expand, and deepen the understanding of lexical items and sentence patterns. Besides introducing more vocabulary and grammar, this course concentrates on complex sentences and paragraphs not emphasized in earlier textbooks.
Prereq: CHINA 202R.
Antireq: CHINA 211R, 212R

CHINA 302R LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 012322
Third-Year Chinese 2
A continuation of China 301R to further students' ability to comprehend and communicate at a higher level in Chinese. In addition, the course introduces aspects of Chinese society, highlighting traditional and contemporary cultural life.
Prereq: CHINA 301R.
Antireq: CHINA 211R, 212R

CHINA 310R LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 012323
Chinese for Business Settings
A course to develop comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing of Mandarin specifically related to the Chinese business environment. This course is designed for students who are already familiar with Chinese characters and Mandarin tonality.
Prereq: CHINA 302R.
Antireq: CHINA 211R, 212R

CHINA 320R LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 012324
Chinese in Mass Media
A course to develop Chinese language skills in conversation, reading, writing, and critical thinking in both practical and cultural situations through contemporary films, television programs, newspapers, magazines, and literary works. Selected important issues and themes in Chinese culture and history are considered.
Prereq: CHINA 302R

CHINA 390R LEC 0.50Course ID: 014243
Introduction to Professional Translation (Chinese to English)
This course is for students with a strong command of Chinese and English who seek to learn the basics of professional translation between the two languages. Focus is on translation involving government and business documents, as well as news stories.
Prereq: CHINA 320R

CHINA 391R LEC,RDG,SEM 0.50Course ID: 015126
Special Topics
This course deals with advanced topics in Chinese language and literature. Students are expected to have at least an intermediate level of language proficiency.
[Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of five times.]
Prereq: CHINA 202R