Asian Languages and Cultures

Chinese Upper-Division Courses

100A-100B-100C. Advanced Modern Chinese. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Enforced requisite: course 6 or 10 with grade of C or better or Chinese placement test. Course 100A with grade of C or better or Chinese placement test is enforced requisite to 100B; course 100B with grade of C or better or Chinese placement test is enforced requisite to 100C. Third-year Chinese. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Materials selected from contemporary Chinese publications, with emphasis on social sciences. Texts analyzed for their linguistic features and social and cultural background. Readings, compositions, informal debates on topical issues, and oral presentations. P/NP or letter grading.

100D-100E-100F. Advanced Modern Chinese for Heritage Speakers. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Enforced requisite: course 6A with grade of C or better or Chinese placement test. Course 100D with grade of C or better or Chinese placement test is enforced requisite to 100E; course 100E with grade of C or better or Chinese placement test is enforced requisite to 100F. Third-year Chinese for heritage speakers. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Materials selected from contemporary Chinese publications, with emphasis on social sciences. Texts analyzed for their linguistic features and social and cultural background. Readings, compositions, informal debates on topical issues, and oral presentations. P/NP or letter grading.

100I. Advanced Modern Chinese: Intensive. (12) Lecture, 10 hours; discussion, 10 hours. Enforced requisite: course 6 or 10 with grade of C or better or Chinese placement test. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Intensive course equivalent to courses 100A, 100B, and 100C. Materials selected from contemporary Chinese publications, with emphasis on social sciences. Texts analyzed for their linguistic features and social and cultural background. Readings, compositions, informal debates on topical issues, and oral presentations. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

101A-101B-101C. Advanced Readings in Modern Chinese. (4-4-4) For courses 101A, 101B: lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours; for course 101C: lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite for courses 101A, 101B: course 100C or 100F or 100I or Chinese placement test; for course 101C: 101B or Chinese placement test. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Chinese to qualify for more advanced courses. Advanced readings and discussion for students planning to do advanced coursework or research on China. Topics from magazines, journals, and books related to humanities and social sciences. Each course may be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading (101C) and letter grading (101A, 101B).

102A. Advanced Chinese for International Business. (4) Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Recommended preparation: one to two years of college-level Chinese. Not open to native speakers. Designed to improve student language skills in service of business practice and ground language learning in authentic social cultural settings. Oral and written business communication, social etiquettes in business conduct, Chinese economic and business climate, business law and regulations, resources and environment, and business case studies. May be taken independently for credit. Letter grading.

102B. Advanced Chinese for International Business. (4) Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Enforced requisite: course 102A. Doing business with China and understanding Chinese economy and business conducts require advanced level of Chinese language proficiency and deep understanding of Chinese society and culture. Designed to improve student language skills in service of business practice and ground language learning in authentic social cultural settings. Oral and written business communication, social etiquettes in business conduct, Chinese economic and business climate, business law and regulations, resources and environment, and business case studies. Letter grading.

102I. Business Chinese. (8) Lecture, eight hours; discussion, eight hours. Recommended preparation: two years of college-level Chinese. Not open to native speakers. Doing business with China and understanding Chinese economy and business conducts require intermediate to advanced level of Chinese language proficiency and deep understanding of Chinese society and culture. Designed to improve student language skills in service of business practice and ground language learning in authentic social cultural settings. Oral and written business communication, social etiquettes in business conduct, Chinese economic and business climate, business law and regulations, resources and environment, and business case studies. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

103. Topics in Chinese Language and Culture. (4) Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Recommended preparation: one to two years of college-level Chinese. Chinese language and culture for special purposes. Exploration of interdependent relation between Chinese language and culture. Introduction to basic concepts in sociocultural linguistics, discourse analysis, and technology to analyze Chinese language and cultural conventions expressed through verbal and non-verbal linguistic devices. Major coverage on language use as reflected in various types of media: film, television, Internet, advertisement, etc. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

C107A-C107B. Academic/Professional Chinese. (4-4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 101B or Chinese placement test. Intended to improve reading and writing skills in specific academic and professional subject areas for students who have studied general Chinese at advanced level, with coverage in Chinese humanities and social sciences, science and technology, medicine, and applied linguistics. Concurrently scheduled with courses C207A-C207B. P/NP or letter grading.

108FL. Special Studies: Readings in Chinese. (2) Seminar, two hours. Enforced requisite: course 100C or 100I or Chinese placement test. Students must be concurrently enrolled in affiliated main course. Additional work in Chinese to augment work assigned in main course, including reading, writing, and other exercises. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

109. Advanced Tutorial Instruction in Chinese. (2) Tutorial, two hours. Requisite: course 100C or Chinese placement test. Tutorial and guided independent study to help students develop advanced to superior proficiency in oral and written Chinese. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

110A-110B-110C. Introduction to Classical Chinese. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 3 or Chinese placement test. Course 110A is enforced requisite to 110B, which is enforced requisite to 110C. Grammar and readings in selected premodern texts. P/NP or letter grading.

C120. Introduction to Chinese Linguistics. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Recommended preparation: one to two years of college-level Chinese. Introduction to Chinese sound system, writing system and its reform, regional differences, major structural features, language in society and in cultural practices. Concurrently scheduled with course C240. Letter grading.

130A-130B. Readings in Modern Chinese Literature. (4-4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 100B or Chinese placement test. Readings and discussion of works of modern Chinese literature. Each course may be taken independently for credit. Letter grading.

131. World Sinophone Literature: Theories and Texts. (4) Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour. Readings in original language. Exploration of Sinophone as analytic category for literature written in Sinitic languages. Theories of Sinophone and literary texts from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China, and elsewhere. Letter grading.

135. Chinese-Language Film and Culture. (4) Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour; film viewing, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 100C or 100I or Chinese placement test. Viewing and discussion of Chinese films, along with relevant readings in Chinese. Letter grading.

C138. Travel Writing in Premodern China. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Recommended preparation: course 50. Exploration of travel writing in China, with focus on English translations of works by native writers and by foreign visitors through centuries. Concurrently scheduled with course C238. Letter grading.

139. Gardens in China. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Recommended preparation: course 50. Interdisciplinary survey of historic and literary gardens in China, with focus on English translations of texts by native writers and recent Western scholarship. Letter grading.

140A-140D. Readings in Classical Chinese Literature. (4 each) Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 110C. Advanced classical Chinese. Readings and discussion of works of premodern Chinese literature. Each course may be taken independently for credit. Letter grading. 140A. Poetry; 140B. Prose; 140C. Fiction; 140D. Philosophical Texts.

C144. Translation Workshop: Modern Chinese Texts. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Preparation: bilingual competency in Chinese and English. Workshop on Chinese-English literary translation, designed to hone and improve translation skills. Focus on close readings and analysis of original texts against published English translations and actual translation work. May include interpretation segment, designed to improve interpretation skills. Concurrently scheduled with course C244. P/NP or letter grading.

C150A. Lyrical Traditions. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Readings in English translation of poetic and critical writings of traditional China, with emphasis on development of subjectivity and modes of address. Concurrently scheduled with course C250A. P/NP or letter grading.

C150B. Chinese Literature in Translation: Traditional Narrative and Fiction. (4) (Formerly numbered 150B.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Examination of formation and development of Chinese narrative traditions from Tang to mid-Qing periods (7th-18th centuries). Readings from biographical writings, fiction, drama, legal cases, etc., with emphasis on different narrative conventions and their cultural assumptions and intersections. Exploration of important issues in context of imperial China, including order and chaos, self and other, desire and transcendence, gender norms and transgression, violence and justice. May be taken independently for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C250B. Letter grading.

151. Chinese Literature in Translation: Modern Literature. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or one course from Comparative Literature 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Lectures and reading of representative works from 1900 to present in English translation. Letter grading.

152. Topics in Contemporary Chinese Literature and Culture. (4) Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Investigation of various topics in contemporary Chinese literature and culture, including politics and poetics of Chinese postmodernism, nativism, feminism, mass culture, and media. Letter grading.

M153. Chinese Immigrant Literature and Film. (4) (Same as Asian American Studies M130B and Comparative Literature M171.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Chinese not required. In-depth look at Chinese immigrant experience by reading literature and watching films. Theories of diaspora, gender, and race to inform thinking and discussion of relevant issues. P/NP or letter grading.

154. Introduction to Chinese Cinema. (4) Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour; film viewing, three hours. Knowledge of Chinese not required. History of Chinese-language cinemas, with emphasis on mainland China. Examination of film style and aesthetics, as well as contexts of industry, economics, politics, culture, and society. May not be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

155. Topics in Chinese Cinema. (4) Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour; film viewing, three hours. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Critical study of films from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Chinese diaspora. Examination of aesthetics, genres, directors and stars, other arts and media, and cultural and political histories. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

C156. Variable Topics in Culture and Society in Taiwan. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Designed for seniors. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Examination of relationship between culture (art, literature, film) and society in Taiwan. Reading, audio and visual material, discussion, and development of culminating project. May be repeated for credit with topic change. Concurrently scheduled with course C257. Letter grading.

157. Contemporary Chinese Popular Culture. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of various aspects of modern and contemporary popular culture in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong from cultural studies perspective. Genres and media include literature, print culture, cinema, martial arts film and fiction, television, radio, pop music, visual arts, fashion, advertising, and cyberculture. P/NP or letter grading.

CM160. Chinese Buddhism. (4) (Same as Religion M161A.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Introduction and development of Buddhism in China, interaction between Buddhism and Chinese culture, rise of Chinese schools of Buddhism. Concurrently scheduled with course C260. Letter grading.

165. Introduction to Chinese Buddhist Texts. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Recommended requisite: course 100A or 110B or Japanese 110A or Korean 100A or Chinese placement test. Readings in premodern Buddhist texts written in literary Chinese and taken from translated Indian sutras, indigenous exegetical materials, Chinese apocryphal scriptures, and Ch’an writings. Problems in translation from Indo-European languages into Chinese; evolution of Chinese Buddhist terminology. Coverage varies. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. Letter grading.

174. Chinese Strategic Thought. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Introduction to early Chinese narratives and theories of military, diplomatic, and rhetorical strategy. Letter grading.

C175. Introduction to Chinese Thought. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Survey of Chinese thought as represented in texts of Zhou through early Han periods (circa 1000 to 100 BCE), with focus on invention of Confucian tradition (including Five Classics) and on defenses of that tradition against challenges from Mohists, Taoists, and other groups of thinkers. Concurrently scheduled with course C275. Letter grading.

175SL. Community-Based Introduction to Chinese Thought. (4) Seminar, three hours; fieldwork, two hours. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Community-based survey of Chinese thought as represented in texts of Zhou through early Han periods (circa 1000 to 100 BCE), with focus on invention of Confucian tradition (including Five Classics) and on defenses of that tradition against challenges from Mohists, Taoists, and other groups of thinkers. Service learning component includes meaningful work with community partners, such as local schools, selected in advance by instructor. Letter grading.

176. Neo-Confucianism. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Examination of movement to revitalize and reinterpret teachings of Confucius during Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties, with consideration of both neo-Confucian philosophy and social action. Letter grading.

180. Chinese Mythology and Supernatural. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Survey of corpus of traditional Chinese mythology, with focus on examples preserved in variety of early texts, later evolutions in dramatic and fictional works, and evidence from visual arts. Letter grading.

182. Archaeology of Early Global Trade and Piracy. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Exploration of role of trade and piracy at threshold of globalization (13th to 17th century), with focus on continuity and transformation in Asiatic trade network in response to early global trade. Investigation based on archaeological study of porcelain, tracing movement from kilns around Chinese trading ports to shipwrecks and consumer societies in Southeast Asia and colonial Americas. As one of most important commodities on trans-Pacific voyage, close association of porcelain production and trade with international piracy in traditional historiography presents new angle for understanding dynamics of early global trade and industries. Letter grading.

M183. Archaeological Landscapes of China. (4) (Same as Anthropology M116R.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Declassified space images from Cold War era and open remote sensing data of 21st century provide new opportunities for studying landscape transformation in historical China. Combining lectures, library research, and hands-on analysis of archaeological sites on satellite images, investigation of changing historical and archaeological landscape in China during last 5,000 years. Social processes at various scales, from emergence of early cities to rise of metropolitan centers and formation of imperial landscapes. P/NP or letter grading.

184. Crime, Law, and Punishment in Traditional China. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Preventing crime and administering justice are important parts of any society, but these are not straightforward or simple processes. What is crime? Are there crimes so terrible that they merit special kinds of punishment? How is punishment decided and by whom? What happens if justice is not carried out? Consideration of these questions as they apply to premodern China from multiple perspectives: legal codes and casebooks, literary re-imaginings of trials, depictions of postmortem punishment, and tales of supernatural retribution. Discussion of how legal and penal systems of China have been represented in West. Letter grading.

185. Food and Love in Chinese Culture. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Based on studies of cultural, historical, anthropological, and archaeological materials, introduction to how Chinese have been engaging themselves in fields of food eating and love making. Letter grading.

186. Archaeology in China. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Early Chinese study of their own past, types of artifacts, beginnings of scientific archaeology, and surveys of major excavations of sites of all periods. Letter grading.

187. Chinese Etymology and Calligraphy. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Recommended requisite: course 3. Coverage of (1) development of Chinese writing system from pottery inscriptions 6,000 years ago to modern simplified forms and studies of six scripts principles that were used to form Chinese characters and (2) aesthetic training of calligraphic art and its appreciation, with focus on ways of recognizing and interpreting cursive style, common form of handwriting. Letter grading.

189. Advanced Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to undergraduate 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.

189HC. Honors Contracts. (1) Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to upper-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.

191A. Variable Topics Research Seminars: Classical China. (4) Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Research seminar on selected topics in premodern Chinese literature, thought, and culture. Reading, discussion, and development of culminating project. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

191B. Variable Topics Research Seminars: 20th-Century China and Taiwan. (4) Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Research seminar on selected topics in modern and contemporary literature and culture from China and Taiwan. Reading, discussion, and development of culminating project. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

197. Individual Studies in Chinese. (4) Tutorial, to be arranged. Limited to juniors/seniors and graduate students who desire more advanced or specialized instruction in Chinese. Individual intensive study, with scheduled meetings to be arranged between faculty member and student. Assigned reading and tangible evidence of mastery of subject matter required. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required; see undergraduate adviser. P/NP or letter grading.