Modern and Classical Languages
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Chinese Fall 2017

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

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Xi Chen — 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM MWF — Thompson Hall 2021
  • Section 004 — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM TR — Innovation Hall 323

200-Level Courses in CHIN

CHIN 210: Intermediate Chinese (3 Credits)

Continuation of the development of basic components of the language, with focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Introduces students to the cultures and histories of Chinese-speaking regions. Notes: Students may not receive credit for CHIN 210 and CHIN 201, 202, or 209. Equivalent to CHIN 201, CHIN 202, CHIN 209.
Recommended Prerequisite: CHIN 110 or appropriate placement score.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 003 — 04:30 PM to 05:45 PM TR — Innovation Hall 134
  • Section 001 — Xi Chen — 09:30 AM to 10:20 AM MWF — Thompson Hall 2021

CHIN 250: Gateway to Advanced Chinese (3 Credits)

Integration of advanced intermediate-level Chinese reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills; and the development of critical thinking about authentic texts from around the globe. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Chinese
Recommended Prerequisite: CHIN 210.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Jigme Ngagpo — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW — Robinson B228

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.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Chinese
Recommended Prerequisite: CHIN 250, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Chinese
Recommended Prerequisite: CHIN 250 or equivalent; appropriate placement score; or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Xi Chen — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Robinson A246

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
Specialized Designation: Taught in English
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 101/ENGH 101, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Karl Kuan Zhang — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Aquia Building 346

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
Specialized Designation: Taught in English
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 101/ENGH 101 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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: Taught in Chinese, Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: CHIN 250, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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: Taught in English, Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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CHIN 325: Major Chinese Writers (3 Credits)

Studies works of major Chinese writers. Writers studied may vary. 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
Specialized Designation: Taught in English, Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 101/ENGH 101, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Annie O Hui — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T — Nguyen Engineering Building 1108

CHIN 328: Asian American Women Writers (3 Credits)

Introduction to selected works by female writers of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, and Korean descent. Analyzes themes, form, style, language, and structure of a variety of works, mainly novels and short stories. Assesses role and significance of writings as part of ethnic American and women's literature by exploring questions of identity formation and disintegration, and how they are rooted in gender, social status, ethnicity, community, geography, and generational conflict. Notes: Knowledge of Asian languages not required. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Literature
Specialized Designation: Taught in English
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Hongmei Sun — 04:30 PM to 05:45 PM MW — Enterprise Hall 277

CHIN 365: Readings in Chinese Fiction after Mao (3 Credits)

Close readings and discussions of primary texts after the Cultural Revolution. Analyzes themes, subjects, language, and styles. Notes: May be repeated when readings are different with permission of department. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Chinese
Recommended Prerequisite: CHIN 300 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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400-Level Courses in CHIN

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: Taught in Chinese, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: CHIN 300 and 301; appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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
Specialized Designation: Taught in English
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 101/ENGH 101, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Karl Kuan Zhang — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Aquia Building 346

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
Specialized Designation: Taught in English
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 101/ENGH 101 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

CHIN 325: Major Chinese Writers (3 Credits)

Studies works of major Chinese writers. Writers studied may vary. 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
Specialized Designation: Taught in English, Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 101/ENGH 101, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Annie O Hui — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T — Nguyen Engineering Building 1108

CHIN 365: Readings in Chinese Fiction after Mao (3 Credits)

Close readings and discussions of primary texts after the Cultural Revolution. Analyzes themes, subjects, language, and styles. Notes: May be repeated when readings are different with permission of department. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Chinese
Recommended Prerequisite: CHIN 300 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled