Courses and Syllabi

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Chinese Fall 2018

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in CHIN

CHIN 110: Elementary Chinese (6 Credits)

Introduces elements of grammar, vocabulary, oral skills, listening comprehension, and reading. Notes: Lab work required. Students may not receive credit for CHIN 110 and CHIN 101, 102, or 109. Equivalent to CHIN 101, CHIN 102, CHIN 109.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM MWF — West Building 1008
  • Section 004 — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM TR — West Building 1008

200-Level Courses in CHIN

CHIN 201: Intermediate Chinese I (3 Credits)

Further development of skills acquired in CHIN 101 and 102, including grammar, oral expression, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Notes: CHIN 201 and 202 must be taken in sequence. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CHIN 101 and 102, or CHIN 110.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Chinese

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 09:30 AM to 10:20 AM MWF — West Building 1007

CHIN 202: Intermediate Chinese II (3 Credits)

Continuation of CHIN 201. CHIN 201 and 202 must be taken in sequence. Notes: Students may not receive credit for CHIN 202 and CHIN 209. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CHIN 201.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Fulfills foreign language requirement., Taught in Chinese

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Innovation Hall 133

300-Level Courses in CHIN

CHIN 300: Reading Skills Development (3 Credits)

Develops reading proficiency, emphasizing vocabulary and grammar of standard written Chinese. Introduces discourse structure, sociolinguistic and cultural knowledge, and strategies for reading Chinese at an advanced level. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CHIN 202, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Chinese

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CHIN 301: Advanced Grammar and Syntax (3 Credits)

In-depth review of Chinese grammar and syntax. Provides extensive practice in controlled and free writing, emphasizing fundamental difficulties and points of interference between English and Chinese. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CHIN 202 or equivalent, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Chinese

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

CHIN 310: Survey of Chinese Literature (3 Credits)

Introduces outlines of Chinese literature to the 19th century, presented through literary sources arranged in roughly chronological order. Readings include poetry; fiction; personal essays; documents of philosophy, history, and religion; and transcribed oral records. Notes: Knowledge of Chinese helpful but not required. May be repeated when topic is different with approval of department. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Mason Core: Literature
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 101/ENGH 101, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in English

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 003 — Karl Kuan Zhang — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1008
  • Section 002 — Karl Kuan Zhang — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 122

CHIN 311: Modern Chinese Literature in Translation (3 Credits)

Introduction of outlines of modern Chinese literature from early 20th century to post-Mao era, presented through literary sources arranged in roughly chronological order. Readings include poetry, fiction, personal essays. Notes: Knowledge of Chinese helpful but not required. May be repeated when topic is different with approval of department. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Mason Core: Literature
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 101/ENGH 101 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in English

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CHIN 318: Introduction to Classical Chinese (3 Credits)

Introduces basic structures and vocabulary of Classical Chinese, which still has a significant influence on the formal written prose of modern newspapers and documents. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Capstone
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: CHIN 202, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Chinese

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CHIN 320: Contemporary Chinese Film (3 Credits)

Explores China from 1949 to present through cinematic and literary representations. Discussions focus on representations of cultural, social, and political changes in the movies. Also introduces critical readings that address issues of gender and youth, family, ethnicity, modernity and the nation, as well as visuality and memory. Notes: Knowledge of Chinese language helpful but not required. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in English

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in CHIN

CHIN 475: Chinese Popular Culture (3 Credits)

Combines language learning with an introduction to the complex and vibrant popular culture of contemporary China: music, food, games, gender and family issues, commercial culture, and digital media. Authentic texts will include popular music and poems, films, TV shows, and social media posts. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Capstone
Recommended Prerequisite: Three years of college Chinese or equivalent.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Chinese

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Hongmei Sun — 07:20 PM to 08:35 PM TR — Robinson B122

CHIN 480: Fourth-Year Chinese I (3 Credits)

Advanced work in major grammatical and lexical topics of Chinese. Applies theoretical principles to guided written and oral exercises. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: CHIN 300 and 301; appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Chinese

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in CHIN

CHIN 310: Survey of Chinese Literature (3 Credits)

Introduces outlines of Chinese literature to the 19th century, presented through literary sources arranged in roughly chronological order. Readings include poetry; fiction; personal essays; documents of philosophy, history, and religion; and transcribed oral records. Notes: Knowledge of Chinese helpful but not required. May be repeated when topic is different with approval of department. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Mason Core: Literature
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 101/ENGH 101, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in English

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 003 — Karl Kuan Zhang — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1008
  • Section 002 — Karl Kuan Zhang — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 122

CHIN 311: Modern Chinese Literature in Translation (3 Credits)

Introduction of outlines of modern Chinese literature from early 20th century to post-Mao era, presented through literary sources arranged in roughly chronological order. Readings include poetry, fiction, personal essays. Notes: Knowledge of Chinese helpful but not required. May be repeated when topic is different with approval of department. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Mason Core: Literature
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 101/ENGH 101 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in English

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1 Section Currently Scheduled