Course syllabus

SEMESTER 2, 2019   15 points

Course Convenor:  Professor Paul Clark   

Teachers: Professor Paul Clark and Asian Studies team

Tutors: Li Yi   and Tang Sanjiao

 Summary of Course Description:              

We survey major topics in China's past and present with a range of approaches reflecting the research specialisations of the team of staff.  Topics include history, philosophy, religion, modern literature and film, modern and contemporary politics and society.  Tutorials offer an opportunity to explore stories, films and key moments in Chinese history in more depth.  Coursework consists of a research exercise and an essay and there is a final two-hour exam.  The aim is to give you an overview of China and to encouraging rethinking of your pre-conceptions.  In addition to Chinese studies majors and minors, any student can benefit from learning more about a country looming large in all our futures.

 Course outcomes:  We have three broad aims: first, to develop students' knowledge and understanding of China and its diversity; second, to develop students' experience engaging with China studies and texts, including films; third, to strengthen students' skills in conveying their understanding of China through writing and discussion.

 Assessment Summary:

  • Research skills exercise 10%
  • Tutorial participation 10%
  • Essay 30% (1,500 words)
  • Final Exam (2 hours) 50%

Workload and deadlines for submission of coursework:    
The University of Auckland's expectation is that students spend 10 hours per week on a 15-point course, including time in class and personal study. Students should manage their academic workload and other commitments accordingly. Deadlines for coursework are set by course convenors and will be advertised in course material. You should submit your work on time. In extreme circumstances, such as illness, you may seek an extension but you may be required to provide supporting information before the assignment is due. Late assignments without a pre-approved extension may be penalised by loss of marks – check course information for details.

Class rep:  Christian Umazor Osegueda

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