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Overview

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 Advanced Chinese Studies (Extended) allows you to study language and disciplinary courses if you start at the advanced and professional levels or disciplinary courses (with a core in Chinese) if you start at the expert 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 Advanced, Professional and Expert 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: hal.arts.unsw.edu.au.

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.

You will be admitted to the Expert level of entry to the minor stream (Extended) if you have completed high school in China or have elsewhere achieved equivalent language proficiency to a Chinese high school graduate. This level emphasises Chinese Studies (contextual and professional) courses. Since you already have a high level of language proficiency and literacy in Chinese, you will enroll in Translation and Interpreting courses as Gateway language courses – which are a requirement for the minor at this entry level.

Study Level

Undergraduate

Minimum Units of Credit

36

Specialisation Type

Minor

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Specialisation Structure

Students must complete 36 UOC.

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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

Access past handbook editions (2018 and prior)

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