Traditional Chinese Language and Literature
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- Module Not Running 2016/2017
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- Full Year
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
At the end of the course, students will have read and discussed sample writings in the original that have informed the Chinese philosophical and literary tradition as well as traditional popular culture. The introduction of the various styles of writing and term papers will also prepare students for further independent study. Students should be able to read and analyse traditional texts with some confidence. They should be able to identify problematic passages, and with access to a basic reference library they should be able to deal with the issues raised in these texts.
A total of 20 weeks teaching with five hours classroom contact per week. Two weeks revision with four hours per week.
Scope and syllabus
The course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to read, interpret and analyse traditional Chinese texts against the context of the time and culture in which they were produced, as well as against the context of their own time and culture. Texts are read in original versions but modern Chinese commentaries and explanations may be used as reference material. The course will provide students with a good basic knowledge of traditional Chinese literary culture and a useful foundation for further research.
Method of assessment
One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); one essay of 3,500 - 4,000 words to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 2 (25%) one essay of 3,500 - 4,000 words to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 3 (25%).
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