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Specific Modules (For the undergraduate program)

Classical Literature

Description:

This module is designed to facilitate students' further study of canonical works of specific genres in classical literature after they have completed the foundation courses. These courses are part of the training that advances students from the stage of general knowledge to shaping a specific focus of academic research.
 

Contents:

  1. Required core course: Methodology in Literary Reading.
  2. Elective core courses (choose three out of the following four): Selected Readings from CiPoetry, Readings from Selected Novels, Selected Readings from Chinese Poetry, and Selected Readings from Chinese Drama.
  3. Three other courses from the following:
     A. Select at least two from the following “Great Books” courses as  specified by the Department/the Graduate Advisor: Shi Jing(
    詩經), Chu Ci(楚詞), Zhuang Zi(莊子), Shi Ji(史記), Wenxin Diaolong(文心雕龍), Essays by Han Yu(韓愈) and Liu Zongyuan(柳宗元), Essays by Ouyang Xiu(歐陽修) and Su Shi(蘇軾), Poetry of Tao Qian(陶潛), Poetry of Li Bai(李白), Poetry of Du Fu(杜甫), CiPoetry of Su Shi(蘇軾) and Xing Qiji(辛棄疾), CiPoetry of Liu Yong(柳永) and Zhou Bangyan(周邦彥), Drama of Guan Hanqing(關漢卿), Drama of Tang Xianzu(湯顯祖), Wen Xuan, Dream of the Red Chamber(紅樓夢), Sanyan Liangpai(三言兩拍),Liaozhai Zhiyi(聊齋誌異).
    B. Other courses related to classical literature, which have been approved by the curriculum committee prior to enrollment.

     Intellectual History

Descriptions:

The goal of this module is to enhance students' understanding of Chinese classical literature.JingCourses are intended to develop basic knowledge in order to enhance student's understanding of classical literature, as well as to strengthen students' capabilities of independent thinking through understanding the intellectual contents of classical literature(canons) and Zi (philosophy).

The teaching team of this module includes not only full time and part time faculty members from the Department, but also well-known scholars from sister institutions in the Chinese speaking world. Each year they will offer courses of their specialty in different fields.       
The required and elective courses of this module may be cross-listed with the graduate school curriculum. Therefore, both advanced undergraduate students and graduate students may enroll in them.
       
In addition to those courses that are required by the University as well as the Departmental foundation courses and core courses, the module requires 12 additional credits to be selected from the following list. These courses may not duplicate either the University or the Department required courses as described above or courses from other modules.

  • Selected Readings from Jing()
  • Selected Readings from Zi()
  • Zhou Yi (周易)
  • Shi Jing (詩經)
  • Shi Ji (史記)
  • Four Books (四書)
  • Xun Zi (荀子)
  • Han Fei Zi (韓非子)
  • Lao Zi (老子)
  • Zhuang Zi (莊子)
  • Selected Readings from the Neo-Confucianistic Writings under the Song and Ming
  • Other courses related to intellectual history that have been approved by the module committee

Chinese Language Teaching

Descriptions:
In order to meet the global demand for teachers of Chinese language, as well as to broaden the career prospects of students of this Department, the curriculum committee has established the module of "Chinese Language Teaching". Students of this module must earn a total of 21 credits. 9 credits must be chosen from the following prerequisite courses: Introduction to Chinese Language Teaching, Reading, Writing and Cognition, and Ancient Chinese Characters and History of Phonology. 12 credits must be from the Departmental foundation courses: Introduction to Linguistics, Introduction to Chinese Language, Chinese Paleography, and Chinese Phonology.

Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature and Cultural Studies

Description:

Studies in modern and contemporary Chinese literature inevitably involve various literary and cultural theories developed over the last century. This situation has prompted us to go beyond the traditional definition of studies on "literature", which emphasizes "classic" literary genres, established writers and canonical texts.  This program advocates the use of the more recently developed contemporary and multidisciplinary perspective to understand modern Chinese literature.

The Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature and Cultural Studies module not only offers courses related to contemporary literature, but also attempts to reflect on contemporary theories. This approach allows students of this Department to develop knowledge in literary and cultural theories, using interdisciplinary methodologies to analyze the social and historical contexts related to modern Chinese literature.

The teaching team of this module includes not only full time and part time faculty members from the Department, but also well-known scholars from sister institutions in the Chinese speaking world. Each year they will offer courses of their specialty in different fields.

Students who take this module must have earned 9 credits, as prerequisites, in Methodology in Literary Reading (3 credits), a required foundation course, in History of Chinese Literature (6 credits), and a departmental core course. 12 additional credits are needed to complete this module. 6 credits must be from the following required courses: 'History of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature' (3 credits), 'Literary and Cultural Theory' (3 credits), and 6 credits from two elective courses designated for this module.

The required and elective courses of this module may be cross-listed with the graduate school curriculum. Therefore they are available for both advanced undergraduate students and graduate students to take.

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