CHI - Chinese

CHI 101 Elementary Chinese I (Mandarin)

Course Description: For students who have little or no knowledge of Chinese. An introduction to the fundamentals of Chinese, including introductory readings.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

4 credits

CHI 102 Elementary Chinese II (Mandarin)

Prerequisite: CHI 101 or 2 years of high school Chinese.

Course Description: A continuation of CHI 101.


Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

4 credits

Prerequisites

CHI 101 Min Grade D

CHI 154 Chinese Culture and Literature

For Old Core and transfer students: Lubin, CSIS, or Lienhard students may use this course to meet the Core requirements. Education and Dyson students may use this course for Enhancement or Dyson overlay. This course is conducted in English.

Course Description: Chinese Theater is a living synthesis of essential cultural and aesthetic values that have been refined and shaped over thousands of years. This class will survey the historical developments of Chinese performing arts and examine how they relate to social beliefs and cultural structures. The course will cover a wide range of readings and plat scripts in English translations of source material. In addition to weekly assigned readings, videotapes, field trips to live performance events and hands-on workshops, this course will give students a deep multi-leveled understanding of the history of Chinese performance culture in its varied forms and expressions.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

CHI 154A Topics in Modern Language: China and Its Changing Culture

Course Description: The course will provide an overview of china and its changing culture. After a brief examination of its long history and sociopolitical philosophies, the course will take a closer look at its recent developments and changes since 1900. The course examines the impacts of the state politics on cultural patterns and lifestyles of the people and introduces influential leaders responsible for these changes. It also studies the Chinese family structure, gender relations, and urban/rural patterns of social beliefs and behaviors. The course will present a complex picture of China, rooted in Confucianism, reshaped by the Mao's revolution, Deng's reform and the more recent globalization. The social, cultural, and environmental coast of rapid industrialization will be reviewed and analyzed.

3 credits

CHI 154B Topic: Beijing Bicycle: Chinese Film and Literature in Translation

Course Description: This course examines major aspects of contemporary Chinese film and literature. Studied as art forms, literature and film offer unique dimensions through which students may closely consider cultural representations as well as cross-cultural perceptions. This course is designed in part to introduce students to the relationships between literary and cinematic forms. Films are shown as an integral part of the course.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D or ENG 102 Min Grade D or English Placement

CHI 154C Topic: Chinese Culture through the Arts

Course Description : Chinese Theater is a living synthesis of essential cultural and aesthetic values that have been refined and shaped over thousands of years. This class will survey the historical development of Chinese performing arts and examine how they relate to social beliefs and cultural structures. The course will cover a wide range of readings and play scripts in English-translations of source material. In addition to weekly assigned readings, videotapes, field trips to live performance events and hands-on workshops, this course will give students a deep multi-leveled understanding of the history of Chinese performance culture in its varied forms and expressions.

3 credits

CHI 155 Topic from Chinese Literature in Translation

3 credits

CHI 165 China, Its People and Culture

Course Description: The course will provide an overview of China, mainland China, and its changing culture. It will give a brief examination of its long history and sociopolitical philosophies, the origin and composition of the language, and will take a closer look at its turbulent changes since 1900 and overwhelming developments in recent decades. The course will look at the impacts of the state politics on cultural patterns and lifestyles of the people and will highlight the roles of influential leaders responsible for such changes. It also studies China's family structure, gender relations, and urban/rural patterns of social values and behaviors. The course will present a complex picture of China, rooted in Confucianism, reshaped by Mao's revolution, Deng's reform, and the more recent globalization. The social, cultural, and environmental cost of rapid industrialization will be reviewed and analyzed.

3 credits

CHI 263 Chinese for Heritage Speakers

Course Description: This course is designed for students who have a basic knowledge of spoken Mandarin but limited reading and writing skills. It seeks to develop heritage learners? integrated skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking at the elementary level with an emphasis on reading and writing. In this course, you will be introduced to the Chinese Romanization system (pinyin), most commonly used vocabulary and functional sentence patterns. Through a variety of assignments, such as interviewing friends in Chinese, writing journal entries and group discussions, students will expand their linguistic and cultural knowledge, as well as develop a more heterogeneous undertaking of the Chinese language and culture. Multiple-skill approach is used in this course.
Course Rotation: NY and PL: Fall.

4 credits

CHI 271 Intermediate Chinese I

Prerequisite: CHI 102 or 3 years of high school Chinese.

Course Description: Increased development of oral and written Mandarin. Practice of more sophisticated conversation and short speeches. Exposure to more Chinese characters and instruction in use of the Chinese dictionary. Practice reading contemporary Chinese writing.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

CHI 102 Min Grade D

CHI 272 Intermediate Chinese II

Prerequisite: CHI 271 or 4 years of high school Chinese.

Course Description: A continuation of CHI 271.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

CHI 271 Min Grade D

CHI 280 Intensive Review of Chinese

Prerequisite: CHI 102 or 3 years of high school Chinese and/or the ability to use 300 Chinese characters.

Course Description: Increase development of oral and written mandarin. Acquire a more sophisticated conversational ability. Exposure to more Chinese characters and improve ability to read Chinese.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall.

3 credits

Prerequisites

CHI 102 Min Grade D

CHI 283 Intermediate Chinese Conversation

Prerequisite: CHI 271 or CHI 280 or 4 years of high school Chinese.

Course Description: Increase the students working vocabulary by 300 new words, with accurate pronunciation, ability to write characters, compose sentences and essays.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

CHI 271 Min Grade D or CHI 280 Min Grade D

CHI 300 Chinese Theater and Culture

Prerequisite: 6 credits of intermediate Chinese or equivalent.

Course Description: A survey of Chinese dramatic performance as it has developed over the centuries. Using a wide range of Chinese language source material, play scripts, videotapes, trips to live performance events, lectures by guest artists and hands?on workshops, the course seeks to put into a wide cultural context the history of Chinese theater's many varied performance genres.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring, odd years.

3 credits

CHI 301 Advanced Conversation in Chinese

Prerequisite: 6 credits of Intermediate Chinese or equivalent.

Course Description: Intensive conversational practice in Mandarin at the fifth semester level.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring - Even years.

3 credits

CHI 305 Chinese for Professional Communication

Prerequisite: 6 credits of Intermediate Chinese.

Course Description: Designed to develop the student's language proficiency within his/her career interests. Students will be introduced to commercial terminology and cultural differences in business. Emphasis on business correspondence.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall - Odd years.

3 credits