Asian Languages and Cultures

Chinese Lower-Division Courses

1. Elementary Modern Chinese. (5) Lecture, two hours; discussion, three hours. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Introduction to fundamentals of standard Chinese, including pronunciation, grammar, and Chinese characters, with emphasis on all four basic language skills — speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. P/NP or letter grading.

1A. Elementary Modern Chinese for Advanced Beginners. (5) Lecture, two hours; discussion, three hours. Recommended preparation: ability to speak and understand Mandarin or other Chinese dialects at elementary levels. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Designed for students who already have certain listening and speaking skills in Mandarin or other Chinese dialects at elementary levels. Training in all four basic language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). P/NP or letter grading.

2. Elementary Modern Chinese. (5) Lecture, two hours; discussion, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 1 with grade of C or better or Chinese placement test. First-year Chinese. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Continuation of course 1. P/NP or letter grading.

2A. Elementary Modern Chinese for Advanced Beginners. (5) Lecture, two hours; discussion, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 1A with grade of C or better or Chinese placement test. First-year Chinese. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Continuation of course 1A. P/NP or letter grading.

3. Elementary Modern Chinese. (5) Lecture, two hours; discussion, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 2 with grade of C or better or Chinese placement test. First-year Chinese. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Continuation of course 2. P/NP or letter grading.

3A. Elementary Modern Chinese for Advanced Beginners. (5) Lecture, two hours; discussion, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 2A with grade of C or better or Chinese placement test. First-year Chinese. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Continuation of course 2A. P/NP or letter grading.

3R. Accelerated Modern Chinese for Advanced Beginners. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: Chinese placement test or department consent. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. For students who wish to complete one-year foreign language requirement at accelerated pace. P/NP or letter grading.

4. Intermediate Modern Chinese. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Requisite: course 3 or 8 with grade of C or better or Chinese placement test. Second-year Chinese. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Designed to strengthen communicative skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Grammar reviews, knowledge of idiomatic expressions, and both traditional and simplified characters. P/NP or letter grading.

4A. Intermediate Modern Chinese for Advanced Students. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Requisite: course 3A with grade of C or better or Chinese placement test. Second-year Chinese. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Designed for students who already have certain listening and speaking skills in Mandarin or other Chinese dialects at intermediate levels. Training in all four basic language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). P/NP or letter grading.

5. Intermediate Modern Chinese. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Requisite: course 4 with grade of C or better or Chinese placement test. Second-year Chinese. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Continuation of course 4. P/NP or letter grading.

5A. Intermediate Modern Chinese for Advanced Students. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Requisite: course 4A with grade of C or better or Chinese placement test. Second-year Chinese. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Continuation of course 4A. P/NP or letter grading.

5C. Mandarin for Cantonese Speakers. (5) Lecture, four hours. Enforced preparation: Chinese placement test. Designed for students who are Cantonese speakers and familiar with Chinese characters and who need to improve their pronunciation of standard Mandarin dialect. P/NP or letter grading.

6. Intermediate Modern Chinese. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Requisite: course 5 with grade of C or better or Chinese placement test. Second-year Chinese. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Continuation of course 5. P/NP or letter grading.

6A. Intermediate Modern Chinese for Advanced Students. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Requisite: course 5A with grade of C or better or Chinese placement test. Second-year Chinese. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Continuation of course 5A. P/NP or letter grading.

6C. Mandarin for Cantonese Speakers. (5) Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 5C or Chinese placement test. Designed for students who are Cantonese speakers and familiar with Chinese characters and who need to improve their pronunciation of standard Mandarin dialect. Completion of course 6C is equivalent to completion of course 6. P/NP or letter grading.

8. Elementary Chinese: Intensive. (15) Lecture, 10 hours; discussion, 10 hours. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Intensive course equivalent to courses 1, 2, and 3. Introduction to fundamentals of standard Chinese, including pronunciation, grammar, and Chinese characters, with emphasis on all four basic language skills — speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

8A. Elementary Modern Chinese for Advanced Beginners: Intensive. (15) Lecture, 10 hours; discussion, 10 hours. Intensive course equivalent to courses 1A, 2A, and 3A. Designed for students who already have some listening and speaking skills in Mandarin Chinese but do not have any reading and writing skills and for students who speak Chinese dialect other than Mandarin at home and have some knowledge of Chinese characters (i.e., can read some basic Chinese). Coverage of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

10. Intermediate Modern Chinese: Intensive. (15) Lecture, 10 hours; discussion, 10 hours. Recommended preparation: course 3, 3A, or 8, or Chinese placement test or courses equivalent to elementary-level Chinese. Second-year Chinese. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Intensive course equivalent to courses 4, 5, and 6. Designed to strengthen communicative skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Grammar reviews, knowledge of idiomatic expressions, and both traditional and simplified characters. Completion of course 10 is equivalent to completion of course 6. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

19. Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars. (1) Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

30. Chinese Language, Society, and Culture. (4) Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Recommended preparation: one to two years of college-level Chinese. Exploration of relationship between Chinese language, society, and culture. Discussion of fundamental role that language plays in Chinese social life and cultural practices while simultaneously exploring how social and cultural factors impact ways in which Chinese language is organized. Main focus on language and thought patterns, language and gender, language and politics, language and commerce, language and law, language and arts, and language and globalization. P/NP or letter grading.

40. Popular Culture in Modern Chinese Societies. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of modern Chinese popular culture in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and overseas Chinese communities. From fiction to film, music to MTV, and cartoons to karaoke, probing of popular as it has manifested itself in Chinese societies and tracing of its development over last century. P/NP or letter grading.

50. Chinese Civilization. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 50W. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Introduction to most important aspects of Chinese culture. Topics include early Chinese civilization, historical development of Chinese society, issues of ethnicity, Chinese language and philosophy, and early scientific and technological innovation. P/NP or letter grading.

50W. Chinese Civilization. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 50. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Introduction to most important aspects of Chinese culture. Topics include early Chinese civilization, historical development of Chinese society, issues of ethnicity, Chinese language and philosophy, and early scientific and technological innovation. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

M60. Introduction to Chinese Religions. (5) (Same as Religion M60B.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Not open for credit to students with credit for course M60W. Knowledge of Chinese not required. General survey of religious life in China, with emphasis on everyday religious practice over doctrine, and themes common to Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism. P/NP or letter grading.

M60W. Introduction to Chinese Religions. (5) (Same as Religion M61W.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Not open for credit to students with credit for course M60. Knowledge of Chinese not required. General survey of religious life in China, with emphasis on everyday religious practice over doctrine, and themes common to Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

70. Classics of Chinese Literature. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 70W. Prior knowledge of Chinese culture, literature, or language not required. Introduction to pre-20th-century Chinese literary traditions, including selections from poetry, prose, fiction, and drama. P/NP or letter grading.

70W. Classics of Chinese Literature. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 70. Prior knowledge of Chinese culture, literature, or language not required. Introduction to pre-20th-century Chinese literary traditions, including selections from poetry, prose, fiction, and drama. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

80. Chinese Cinema: Pictures, Prisms, Products, Projections. (5) Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour; film viewing, three hours. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Introduction to history and major themes of Chinese cinema. Representative films studied in contexts of culture, society, politics, and economics, with reflections on changing meanings of both Chinese and cinema. May not be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

89. Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to lower-division lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

89HC. Honors Contracts. (1) Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to lower-division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

97. Variable Topics in Chinese Culture. (4) Lecture, three hours. Knowledge of Chinese language or culture not required. Variable topics course covering many different aspects of Chinese culture. Consult Schedule of Classes for topics to be offered in specific term. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

99. Student Research Program. (1 to 2) Tutorial (supervised research or other scholarly work), three hours per week per unit. Entry-level research for lower-division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). Individual contract required; consult Undergraduate Research Center. May be repeated. P/NP grading.