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CHIN 101 : First Semester Chinese

Prerequisites: None
Description: Understanding, speaking, reading, and writing modern Mandarin Chinese at the elementary level. Emphasis on the spoken language. Laboratory attendance required. (Page reference for the Department of Foreign Languages statement can be found in the Index.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 102 : Second Semester Chinese

Prerequisites: CHIN 101 or consent of instructor.
Description: Further study of elementary Mandarin Chinese. Laboratory attendance required.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 103 : Third Semester Chinese

Prerequisites: CHIN 102 or consent of instructor.
Description: Understanding, speaking, reading, and writing modern Mandarin Chinese at the low-intermediate level. Laboratory attendance required.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 175 : Flagship Preparation I

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in CHIN 103 and consent of instructor.
Description: Augments CHIN 103 for preparation for the Chinese Flagship Program. Focus on writing; practice with traditional and simplified Chinese characters, composition, and use of electronic media for Chinese.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 275 : Flagship Preparation II

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in CHIN 303 (formerly CHIN 250) and consent of instructor.
Description: Augments CHIN 303 (formerly CHIN 250) for preparation for the Chinese Flagship Program. Focus on writing; practice with traditional and simplified Chinese characters, composition, and use of electronic media for Chinese.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 280 : Chinese Calligraphy

Prerequisites: None
Description: An examination of Chinese character formation and evolution, as well as a survey of varieties of Chinese scripts and hands-on practice of Chinese calligraphy.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 303 : Intermediate Chinese

Prerequisites: CHIN 103 or consent of instructor.
Description: Balanced focus on spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. Developing students' oral fluency, expanding vocabulary, correcting pronunciation. Improving skills using basic texts written in Chinese characters and writing sentences in characters. Laboratory attendance required. (Formerly CHIN 250)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 311 : Conversation and Reading

Prerequisites: CHIN 303 (formerly CHIN 250) or consent of instructor.
Description: Developing proficiency in spoken Mandarin and written Chinese. Review of basic sentence patterns, vocabulary expansion, and acquisition of Chinese characters.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CHIN 312 : Speech and Writing

Prerequisites: CHIN 311 or consent of instructor.
Description: Developing proficiency in spoken Mandarin and written Chinese. Vocabulary expansion, acquisition, and retention of Chinese characters; speaking and writing skills in interactive context.
General Education:
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 375 : Introduction to Academic Prose

Prerequisites: Intermediate Mandarin and acceptance to Flagship or permission of Director.
Description: Training in the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and three modes (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational), using materials from the humanities, social sciences, and professional disciplines.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CHIN 401 : Advanced Chinese

Prerequisites: CHIN 311 and 312 or consent of instructor.
Description: Developing Chinese proficiency at advanced level: vocabulary expansion, acquisition, and retention of Chinese characters in both full and simplified forms; communicative competence in four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CHIN 411 : Media Chinese

Prerequisites: CHIN 401 or consent of instructor.
Description: Mandarin as it is used in various genres on radio/television and in news reports and articles, editorials, interviews, and advertisements. Cross listed with I R 413/JOUR 411. May not be repeated under alternate prefixes.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 475 : Flagship Chinese I

Prerequisites: Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese skills and acceptance to Flagship Program or permission of its Director. Concurrent enrollment in a Flagship Content Area Course is required.
Description: Intermediate to advanced training in all four skills and three modes of language.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CHIN 476 : Flagship Chinese II

Prerequisites: Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese skills and acceptance to Flagship Program or permission of its Director. Concurrent enrollment in a Flagship Content Area Course is required.
Description: Continuation of focus on intermediate to advanced training in all four skills and three modes of language.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 501 : Introduction to Classical Chinese

Prerequisites: CHIN 312 (may be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor.
Description: Stylistic and structural characteristics of classical Chinese; problems of interpretation; introduction to literary genres in cultural context.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CHIN 507 : Traditional Chinese Culture

Prerequisites: CHIN 401 (may be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor.
Description: Highlights of the development of Chinese culture from antiquity to the 19th century. Selected readings, films.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 521 : Chinese Modern Fiction

Prerequisites: CHIN 401 or consent of instructor.
Description: Major authors from the May Fourth Movement and subsequent periods.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 525 : Chinese Applied Linguistics

Prerequisites: CHIN 311 or consent of instructor.
Description: Application of modern descriptive linguistics to the analysis of phonological, morphological, and syntactic structures of Mandarin.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

CHIN 530 : Oratory and Performance in Chinese

Prerequisites: CHIN 312 or consent of instructor.
Description: Intensive training or oral/aural skills in standard Mandarin (putonghua/guoyu) at the high intermediate to advanced levels, through preparation and participation in oratory and performance activities.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CHIN 537 : The Chinese Language and Modern China

Prerequisites: CHIN 312 or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to the linguistic structure, historical development, and present state of Modern Standard Chinese; its relationship to the major Chinese dialect families; aspects of Chinese sociolinguistics and pragmatics.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CHIN 580 : Topics in Chinese Language and Literature

Prerequisites: Varies according to topic.
Description: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated when topics vary.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

CHIN 580 : Advanced Business Chinese

Prerequisites: CHIN 580: Business Chinese or consent of instructor.
Description: Advanced study and practice of business communication skills, with particular focus on written Chinese. Recommended for international business students.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

CHIN 580 : Chinese Idioms as Cultural Expressions

Prerequisites: CHIN 311 or consent of instructor.
Description: The study of Chinese idioms and set phrases as they are used in speech and writing. The examination and discussion of the stories behind Chinese idioms and their cultural influence on Chinese values.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CHIN 580 : Chinese Literature in Film

Prerequisites: CHIN 312 or consent of instructor.
Description: Comparative look at Chinese films from the 1920's to the present and the literary works from which they were adapted.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 580 : Introduction to Business Chinese

Prerequisites: CHIN 311 or consent of instructor.
Description: Mandarin Chinese language course with emphasis on business situations, vocabulary expansion, sentence patterns, business terminology and protocol, and cultural information. Development of oral expression and business communication skills. Recommended for international business students.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

CHIN 580 : Love Story Tradition

Prerequisites: CHIN 401 or consent of instructor.
Description: Love as a thematic element in Chinese narrative and dramatic literature with emphasis on the different types of love, conventions in plot structure and local texture, moral and social implications, and differences from the western counterpart.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

CHIN 580 : Reading World Wide Web Chinese

Prerequisites: CHIN 312 or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to Chinese language computer and internet resources, including operating systems, character input, word processing, e-mail, search engines, online forums, databases, online dictionaries, and web design.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

CHIN 580 : Sima Qian: History or Literature?

Prerequisites: CHIN 501 or consent of instructor.
Description: Original readings from Sima Qian's (c.145 B.C.E. - c. 85 B.C.E.) Shiji [Annals of History] and later literary texts influenced by his narrative style. Directed study of classical Chinese structure and rhetoric.
General Education:
Units: 3

CHIN 580 : Socio-Cultural Aspects of the Chinese Language

Prerequisites: CHIN 104 or equivalent.
Description: The study of significant socio-cultural aspects of the Chinese language which includes Confucian philosophy, literary and foreign influences, and other cultural concepts.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

CHIN 580 : The Ghost Story Tradition

Prerequisites: CHIN 501 or consent of instructor.
Description: A survey of the Chinese ghost story tradition from the 3rd to the 18th century. Analysis of narrative conventions, character types, common motifs and themes.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 581 : Translation

Prerequisites: CHIN 312 or consent of instructor.
Description: Translation theory and techniques used in liguistic transfer between English and Chinese. Paired with CHIN 881. Students who have completed CHIN 881 may not take CHIN 581 for credit.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 600 : Topics in Chinese Language, Literature, and Culture in English

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when topics vary.
Units: 3

CHIN 600 : Chinese Cultural Treasures and Heritage in English

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of Chinese art treasures and literary heritage from antiquity to modern times, using a comparative perspective. Films, slides, and field trips. [Taught in English.]
Units: 3

CHIN 600 : The Red Chamber Dream in Cultural Context in English

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or consent of instructor.
Description: Intensive study of Red Chamber Dream with readings and analysis of late imperial Chinese culture. [Taught in English.]
Units: 3

CHIN 601 GW : The Poetic Tradition - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 with a grade of C- or better or consent of instructor.
Description: Major Chinese poets from antiquity to late imperial times, discussed in cultural context. Paired with CHIN 801. Students who have completed 601 may not take 801 for credit. (ABC/NC grading only) [Taught in English.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

CHIN 602 : The Narrative Tradition in English

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Chinese literary tradition, ranging from philosophical essays, historical writings, fiction and drama, from 500 B.C. to novels of late 19th Century. Paired with CHIN 802. Students who have completed 802 may not take 602 for credit. [Taught in English.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 611 : The Revolutionary Tradition in Modern Chinese Literature

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to 20th century Chinese literature and thought with particular focus on politically motivated writers; critical engagement with the most important intellectual trends and political movements from the last days of Imperial rule to the present.
Units: 3

CHIN 612 GW : Negotiating Chineseness in the Late 20th and 21st Centuries - GWAR

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; ENG 214 or its equivalent with a grade of C- or better; Chinese majors.
Description: Exploration of multiple negotiation of Chineseness through a wide range of texts from the People's Republic, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Chinese Diaspora. Focus on literary, cinematic and critical works produced between 1970 and present. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CHIN 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of department chair and instructor.
Description: Written projects requiring critical analysis and interpretation of literary, linguistic, or pedagogical problems. Open only to undergraduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work.
Units: 1-3

CHIN 799 : Chinese Tutorial Practicum

Prerequisites: Admission to the Chinese M.A. program.
Description: Development of pedagogical skills for language teaching to individuals and small groups. Students engage in tutorial practicum, under supervision. Lectures/workshops on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language supplement practical experience. May be repeated for 3 units. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3

CHIN 801 : The Poetic Tradition

Prerequisites: Admission to Chinese M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with CHIN 601. For description, see CHIN 601. Students who have completed CHIN 801 may not take CHIN 601 for credit.
Units: 3

CHIN 802 : The Narrative Tradition in English

Prerequisites: Admission to Chinese M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with CHIN 602. For description see CHIN 602. 802 students read materials in Chinese, and have additional requirements. Students who have completed CHIN 602 may not take CHIN 802 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 821 : Modern Chinese Literature

Prerequisites: Admission to Chinese program or consent of instructor.
Description: Readings by major authors from the May Fourth Movement to the present, as well as selections from secondary scholarship.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

CHIN 822 : Classical Chinese Literature

Prerequisites: Admission to Chinese program or consent of instructor.
Description: Classical philosophical, historical, and belletristic writings.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CHIN 824 : Testing & Assessment in Teaching/Learning Chinese as a Second Language

Prerequisites: Admission to Chinese M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: Survey of research and methods in testing/assessment in Teaching Chinese as a 2nd/Foreign Language. Focus on standards for measuring language competence, professionalism, and program reviews.
Units: 3

CHIN 825 : Applied Linguistics and Teaching Chinese

Prerequisites: Admission to Chinese program or consent of instructor.
Description: Investigation of practical issues pertinent to second language acquisition and pedagogy in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

CHIN 826 : Semantics and Morphology

Prerequisites: Admission to Chinese M.A. program, or CHIN 401 and consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to linguistic meaning and word formation in Chinese. Chinese semantics, pragmatics, morphology in light of recent findings in cognitive science.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

CHIN 827 : Language Change and Dialectic Variation

Prerequisites: FL 325 or equivalent.
Description: Introduction to mechanisms of language change and their application to Chinese historical linguistics and modern dialect classification. Topics include sound change, lexical change, grammaticalization, linguistic reconstruction, language typology, and Chinese philology.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CHIN 837 : Materials Development for Teaching Chinese

Prerequisites: Admission to Chinese M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: Strengthening skills in developing teaching materials and level-appropriate thematic units, adopted for national foreign language standards and California state-approved curriculum framework.Language learning assessment and student projects. Taught on-line.
Units: 3

CHIN 881 : Translation

Prerequisites: Admission to Chinese M.A. program, or CHIN 312 and consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with CHIN 581. For course description, see CHIN 581. Students in 881 have additional requirements. Students who have completed CHIN 581 may not take CHIN 881 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

CHIN 882 : Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Seminar focusing on general English-Chinese and Chinese-English liaison, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting. Training in shadowing, note-taking, and effort management, leading to build-up of skills inconsecutive and simultaneous interpreting.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CHIN 883 : Advanced Translation and Interpreting

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor; CHIN 881 and CHIN 882.
Description: Training in the translation of literary texts and in conference interpreting. Translation portion focuses on Chinese literary works and methods of transforming the aesthetic and the cultural; interpreting segment will provide training in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting.
Units: 3

CHIN 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of the graduate major adviser and the supervising faculty member.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the departmental faculty. Open only to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition.
Units: 1-3
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