China Studies Courses

Winter 2017

ASIA311 Tibetan Buddhism Sections

Religious terrain of the Tibetan cultural realm, looking at the history and development of Tibetan Buddhism and key ideas of the four main Tibetan Buddhist traditions.


Winter 2017

ASIA313 Tibetan and Himalayan Culture and Society Sections

History and culture of the Himalayan regions, including India, China, Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan.


Winter 2017

ASIA320 History of Early China Sections

History of China from the earliest times to the disintegration of the Tang empire. Students will acquire the analytical skills and tools to understand the origins and foundations of Chinese society.


Winter 2017

ASIA324 Literature of Hong Kong Sections

A survey of the literature of Hong Kong, from classical times to the present. Important periods in literary history (imperial, colonial, post-colonial), major authors (locals, visitors, and writers elsewhere), and important genres, including poetry, essays, and fiction.


Winter 2017

ASIA325 Hong Kong Cinema Sections

A survey of the cinema of Hong Kong from the post-war period to the present. The influence of Hong Kong on global cinema, and the forces (artists, studios, audiences, etc.) that have given rise to filmmaking styles and genres perceived as "distinctively Hong Kong."


Winter 2017

ASIA332 Confucianism in China and Beyond: Reinventions of Tradition Sections

Key ideas and trends in Confucian thought and practice from its origins to modern times through primary sources in translation and secondary scholarship.


Winter 2017

ASIA341 Classical Chinese Literature in Translation Sections

Poetry, historical and philosophic prose writings and the earliest genres of fiction in classical Chinese (ca. 1100 BC ca. 750 AD).


Winter 2017

ASIA342 Chinese Literature in Translation: The Vernacular Tradition Sections

Readings in drama and fiction, 800 to 1800 AD. The emergence of vernacular genres as distinct from and sometimes opposed to the existing classical genres.


Winter 2017

ASIA351 Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation Sections

Reading of selected novels and stories written between 1750 and the present.


Winter 2017

ASIA355 History of Chinese Cinema Sections

Introduction to the work of major directors.


Winter 2017

ASIA371 Foundations of Chinese Thought Sections

Chinese thought from its beginnings until the Han dynasty (206 BCE to 220 CE) in its historical and cultural contexts. Includes, among others: Confucius; Mo Zi; the Legalists/Authoritarians; Zhuang Zi; the Lao Zi book.


Winter 2017

ASIA372 Development of Traditional Chinese Thought Sections

Chinese thought from the Han dynasty (206 BCE to 220 CE) to Wang Yangming (1472-1529) in its historical and cultural contexts.


Winter 2017

ASIA373 History of Hong Kong Sections

History, culture, and identities of Hong Kong from the early 1800s to the present.


Winter 2017

ASIA381 Daoist (Taoist) Religion and Its Philosophical Background Sections

A study of the Daoist religious traditions from their beginnings in the second century CE in their cultural, intellectual and social contexts.


Winter 2017

ASIA386 Chinese Grammar and Usage I Sections

In-depth examination of modern Chinese grammar and its usage including word formation, syntactic constructions, discourse cohesions, semantics, and stylistic considerations.


Winter 2017

ASIA396 Chinese Grammar and Usage II Sections

In-depth examination of modern Chinese grammar and its usage including word formation, syntactic constructions, discourse cohesions, semantics, and stylistic considerations. Continuation of ASIA 386.


Winter 2017

ASIA411 Chinese Political Thought and Institutions Sections

Chinese theories and practices of government and administration from earliest times to 1949.


Winter 2017

ASIA440 Cultural History of Imperial China Sections

An in-depth examination of the construction, transmission, and transformation of Chinese culture(s) prior to 1800. Completion of at least 9 credits of 300- or 400-level ASIA recommended prior to registration. Credit will be granted for only one of ASIA 440 or HIST 479.


Winter 2017

ASIA451 Modern Chinese Authors in Translation Sections

Study of one influential modern Chinese author, such as Lu Xun, Shen Congwen, Eileen Chang, Yu Hua, Mo Yan, or Wang Anyi.


Winter 2017

ASIA456 History and Culture of Taiwan Sections

The major social, economic, political, and cultural changes in Taiwan since the seventeenth century; the post-World War II process of democratization and Taiwans place in the contemporary world.

Winter 2017

ARTH358 Chinese Art for the Afterlife Sections

Close analyses of Chinese tomb objects and tombs as spatial constructs in their historical, ritual, and social context.

Winter 2017

HIST270A China in World History - CHINA WORLD HIST Sections

The history of China in a global context, from the earliest times to the most recent past; how China has changed the world and how engagement with the world has changed China.


Winter 2017

HIST373 History of Hong Kong Sections

History, culture, and identities of Hong Kong from the early 1800s to the present.


Winter 2017

HIST378 History of Early China Sections

History of China from the earliest times to the disintegration of the Tang Empire. Students will acquire the analytical skills and tools to understand the origins and foundations of Chinese society.

Winter 2017

HIST379 History of Later Imperial China Sections

History of China from the end of Tang to the eve of its modern transformation. Students will acquire the analytical skills and tools to understant the political, socio-economic, and cultural changes in imperial China.


Winter 2017

HIST483 Asian Migrations to the Americas Sections

Examines both the historical and contemporary contexts for migration from Asia to Canada and the Americas.


Winter 2017

HIST484 East Asian Military systems and warfare China Sections

Confucian societies are often thought of as ones in which the brush is mightier than the sword. In fact the military has been a crucial factor in East Asia, and warfare has been the engine which has driven many of the most significant changes in East Asian history. This course will look at the evolution of East Asian military systems, and at the impact of recurrent warfare on East Asia societies.

Winter 2017

POLI321A Chinese Politics and Development - CHIN POLIT DEVEL Sections

The course will explore various aspects of Chinese politics and the dynamics of Chinas development since 1949. Topics include: the Cultural Revolution, political reform and protest, and economic reform policies and their consequences.

Winter 2017

SOCI490 Contemporary Chinese Society Sections

Current social topics in Chinese society; perspectives on gender, inequality, culture, and social relations.

Basic Chinese I

Winter 2017

CHIN131 Basic Chinese I: Part 1 (Non-Heritage) Sections

Skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Mandarin Chinese, an active vocabulary of about 250 Chinese words, and basic grammar. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 131 or CHIN 101 or CHIN 134.


Winter 2017

CHIN133 Basic Chinese I: Part 2 (Non-Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 131. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 133 or CHIN 103 or CHIN 134.


Winter 2017

CHIN141 Basic Chinese I: Part 1 (Heritage) Sections

Skills in listening to and speaking Mandarin and reading and writing modern written Chinese. Emphasis on reading and writing. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 141 or CHIN 111 or CHIN 144.


Winter 2017

CHIN143 Basic Chinese I: Part 2 (Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 141. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 143 or CHIN 113 or CHIN 144.

Basic Chinese II

Winter 2017

CHIN231 Basic Chinese II: Part 1 (Non-Heritage) Sections

Skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Mandarin Chinese, active vocabulary of about 750 Chinese words, and basic grammar. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 231 or CHIN 105 or CHIN 234.


Winter 2017

CHIN233 Basic Chinese II: Part 2 (Non-Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 231. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 233 or CHIN 107, or CHIN 234.


Winter 2017

CHIN241 Basic Chinese II: Part 1 (Heritage) Sections

Skills in listening to and speaking Mandarin and reading and writing modern written Chinese. Emphasis on reading and writing. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 241 or CHIN 115 or CHIN 244.


Winter 2017

CHIN243 Basic Chinese II: Part 2 (Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 241. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 243 or CHIN 117 or CHIN 244.

Intermediate Chinese I

Winter 2017

CHIN331 Intermediate Chinese I: Part 1 (Non-Heritage) Sections

Skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and understanding of Chinese culture. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 331 or CHIN 201 or CHIN 334.


Winter 2017

CHIN333 Intermediate Chinese I: Part 2 (Non-Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 331. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 333 or CHIN 203 or CHIN 334.


Winter 2017

CHIN341 Intermediate Chinese I: Part 1 (Heritage) Sections

Integrated skills in modern Chinese. Focus on reading, writing, and better understanding of Chinese culture. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 341 or CHIN 211 or CHIN 344.


Winter 2017

CHIN343 Intermediate Chinese I: Part 2 (Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 341. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 343 or CHIN 213 or CHIN 344.

Intermediate Chinese II

Winter 2017

CHIN335 Intermediate Chinese II: Part I (Non-Heritage) Sections

Skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and better understanding of Chinese culture. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 335 or CHIN 205 or CHIN 338.


Winter 2017

CHIN337 Intermediate Chinese II: Part 2 (Non-Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 335. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 337 or CHIN 207 or CHIN 338.


Winter 2017

CHIN345 Intermediate Chinese II: Part I (Heritage) Sections

Integrated skills in modern Chinese. Focus on reading, writing, and better understanding of Chinese culture. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 345 or CHIN 215 or CHIN 348.


Winter 2017

CHIN347 Intermediate Chinese II: Part 2 (Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 345. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 347 or CHIN 217 or CHIN 348.

Advanced Chinese Reading and Writing

Winter 2017

CHIN401 Advanced Chinese Reading and Writing I (Non-Heritage) Sections

Reading and writing skills addressing social, cultural, and economic issues. Can be taken concurrently with CHIN 405. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 401 or CHIN 301 or CHIN 404.


Winter 2017

CHIN403 Advanced Chinese Reading and Writing II (Non-Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 401. Can be taken concurrently with CHIN 407. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 403 or CHIN 303 or CHIN 404.


Winter 2017

CHIN441 Advanced Chinese Reading and Writing I (Heritage) Sections

Transition from language to literature. Can be taken concurrently with CHIN 435 and CHIN 445. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 441 or CHIN 311 or CHIN 444.


Winter 2017

CHIN443 Advanced Chinese Reading and Writing II (Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 441. Can be taken concurrently with CHIN 437 and/or CHIN 447. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 443 or CHIN 313 or CHIN 444.

Advanced Chinese Speaking and Writing

Winter 2017

CHIN405 Advanced Chinese Speaking and Writing I (Non-Heritage) Sections

More formal styles of oral and written communication. Can be taken concurrently with CHIN 401. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 405 or CHIN 305 or CHIN 408.


Winter 2017

CHIN407 Advanced Chinese Speaking and Writing II (Non-Heritage) Sections

Continuation of CHIN 405. Can be taken concurrently with CHIN 403. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 407 or CHIN 307 or CHIN 408.


Winter 2017

CHIN445 Advanced Chinese Speaking and Writing I (Heritage) Sections

Public-speaking and writing skills at an advanced level. Can be taken concurrently with CHIN 435 and/or CHIN 441. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 445 or CHIN 315 or CHIN 448.

Business Chinese

Winter 2017

CHIN435 Business Chinese I (Heritage) Sections

Reading, writing, and presentation skills in business documentation, focusing on technical Chinese as used in the workplace. Emphasis on specialized vocabulary and development of communicative competence as relevant to advertising, the stock market and E-commerce. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 435 or CHIN 321.


Winter 2017

CHIN437 Business Chinese II (Heritage) Sections

Reading, writing, and presentation skills in business documentation, focusing on technical Chinese as used in the workplace. Emphasis on specialized vocabulary and development of communicative competence as relevant to legal and financial documents such as contracts, investments, and insurance. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 437 or CHIN 323.

Chinese Literature

Winter 2017

CHIN461 Early Classical Chinese Poetry (to Han) Sections

Readings in classical poetry from the pre-Qin to the end of the Han Dynasties, at an advanced level. Not to be taken concurrently with any of the following CHIN 400-level language courses: CHIN 441/ 443/ 444/ 445/ 447/ 448/ 435/ 437. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 461 or CHIN 464.


Winter 2017

CHIN463 Early Classical Chinese Poetry (Han to Tang) Sections

Readings in classical poetry from the Six Dynasties to early Tang, at an advanced level. Not to be taken concurrently with any of the following CHIN 400-level language courses: CHIN 441/ 443/ 444/ 445/ 447/ 448/ 435/ 437. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 463 or CHIN 464.


Winter 2017

CHIN471 Later Classical Chinese Poetry (Tang) Sections

Readings in classical poetry from the time of Du Fu (712-770) to the end of the Tang Dynasty, at an advanced level. Not to be taken concurrently with any of the following CHIN 400-level language courses: CHIN 441/ 443/ 444/ 445/ 447/ 448/ 435/ 437. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 471 or 474.


Winter 2017

CHIN473 Later Classical Chinese Poetry (after Tang) Sections

Readings in classical poetry from the Song to the Qing dynasties, at an advanced level. Not to be taken concurrently with any CHIN courses lower than 400-level. Not to be taken concurrently with any of the following CHIN 400-level language courses: CHIN 441/ 443/ 444/ 445/ 447/ 448/ 435/ 437. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 473 or 474.


Winter 2017

CHIN481 Modern Chinese Literature I (Heritage) Sections

Selected readings from the May Fourth Era to present. Not to be taken concurrently with any of the following CHIN 400-level language courses: CHIN 441/ 443/ 444/ 445/ 447/ 448/ 435/ 437. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 481 or CHIN 484.


Winter 2017

CHIN483 Modern Chinese Literature II (Heritage) Sections

Historical continuation of CHIN 481. Not to be taken concurrently with any of the following CHIN 400-level language courses: CHIN 441/ 443/ 444/ 445/ 447/ 448/ 435/ 437. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 483 or CHIN 484.


Winter 2017

CHIN491 Classical Chinese I (Heritage) Sections

The development of early Chinese from the classical period through the Six Dynasties (5th century BCE to 6th century CE). Not to be taken concurrently with any of the following CHIN 400-level language courses: CHIN 441/ 443/ 444/ 445/ 447/ 448/ 435/ 437. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 491 or CHIN 431 or CHIN 494.


Winter 2017

CHIN493 Classical Chinese II (Heritage) Sections

Focus in on the Tang and Song dynasties (617 - 1279). Not to be taken concurrently with any of the following CHIN 400-level language courses: CHIN 441/ 443/ 444/ 445/ 447/ 448/ 435/ 437. Credit will be granted for only one of CHIN 493 or CHIN 433 or CHIN 494.

Winter 2017

CNTO301 Basic Cantonese I Sections

Elementary level (part I) course in Cantonese for non-heritage learners with no prior exposure to or background in Cantonese. Focus on training for basic listening and conversational skills in Cantonese.


Winter 2017

CNTO303 Basic Cantonese II Sections

Elementary level (part II) Cantonese for non-heritage learners. Continuation of CNTO 301. Focus on training for basic listening, conversational, and reading skills.


Winter 2017

CNTO311 Basic Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers Sections

Basic oral and presentation skills in Cantonese. This is an accelerated course that covers content and topics similar to CNTO 301 and CNTO 303, but is structured specifically for heritage speakers of Mandarin.


Winter 2017

CNTO401 Intermediate Cantonese I Sections

Intermediate lower level (part I) Cantonese for non-heritage learners.


Winter 2017

CNTO451 Advanced Cantonese through Popular Culture Sections

Popular culture in Hong Kong from media such as television, cinema, popular music, literature, social media, etc., through advanced authentic Cantonese listening and reading materials. Open to non-heritage and heritage speakers of Mandarin and/or Cantonese.