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Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

Special course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese

Course Code:
155901234
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

Prerequisites

Working knowledge of about 500-800 characters. Students will be given a placement test to determine level.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

This course aims at enabling students to use Classical Chinese source material in a competent way in their research work. At the end of the course, a student should be able to:

  • deal with grammatical problems of Classical Chinese, 
  • have developed a clear awareness of lexical differences between Classical Chinese and Modern Chinese, 
  • use traditional Chinese commentaries and glosses for clarification of problematic passages in the primary textual material, 
  • establish a reasonable contextual knowledge based on reference material and Chinese encyclopaedias.

Workload

Total of 20 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (70%); a short written report on a given research topic (5%) to be submitted on the last day of the penultimate week, term 1; a short written report on given research topic (5%) to be submitted on the last day of the penultimate week, term 2; an annotated English translation of a piece written in Classical or Literary Chinese (20%) to be submitted on the last day, week 1, term 3.

Suggested reading

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