Traditional Chinese Language and Literature
- Module Code:
- Module Not Running 2017/2018
- Taught in:
- Full Year
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
At the end of the module, 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 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.
Scope and syllabus
The module 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 module will provide students with a good basic knowledge of traditional Chinese literary culture and a useful foundation for further research.
Method of assessment
One two-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); an essay of 4000 words to be submitted on day 5, last week of term 1 (40%).
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