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Chinese is a fascinating modern language with a rich cultural heritage and an increasingly important medium in global business and communication. The minor stream in Chinese Studies (Extended) focuses exclusively on language study if you start at the introductory level. It allows you to study language or disciplinary courses if you start at the intermediate level. Language study involves a wide range of knowledge and understanding of socio-cultural conventions as well as skills in self-expression, both oral and written, and skills in comprehending others’ expression, both oral and written. Disciplinary study introduces you to aspects of the cultures and societies associated with the Chinese language.

This stream is available to students commencing at Introductory and Intermediate entry levels.

Placement Information

The School of Humanities and Languages offers a flexible program for students with different interests and different Chinese language backgrounds. You can enter Chinese language courses at different levels, depending on your knowledge of Chinese characters. Within each year, you are allocated to different groups, depending on your speaking ability.

If you have prior language knowledge you will need to take an online placement evaluation so that we can assess your skills and select an appropriate level of course for you. Information about the evaluation and additional course details can be found on the web at:

You will not be permitted to enrol in language courses that are too easy for you in terms of Chinese character knowledge. If this occurs, you will be requested to change your enrolment.

If you are admitted in your first year of study to ARTS2450 or higher on the grounds of your ability and/or previous study, such courses will be counted as Level 1 courses in terms of your degree requirements.

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Specialisation Structure

Students must complete 36 UOC.

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Commencing Mid-Year

If you commence the language studies sequence at Introductory Chinese B, you must go on to complete Advanced Chinese B. In order to have the 36 UOC for the extended minor you must complete a further 6 UOC in a contextual course (taught in English).
-If you commence the language studies sequence at Intermediate A, you must go on to complete Advanced B and must take up to a maximum of 12 UOC of contextual studies and/or professional studies courses in order to complete the required 36 UOC for the minor (extended).
-If you commence the language studies sequence at Intermediate Chinese B, you must go on to complete Advanced Chinese B. In order to have the 36 UOC for the extended minor you must complete a further 18 UOC in contextual courses (taught in English) or professional studies courses (taught in Chinese).

Additional Information

Language Studies for Commencing Mid-Year Students

If your language skills are assessed as Level A in Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced or Professional you cannot commence study until Term 1.

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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