Chinese Studies Courses

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Students taking lower-division language courses are required to participate in the Chinese Conversation Tutoring Program. Students will meet one a week to practice speaking Chinese in an hour long group session with a Chinese tutor.

Students are also encouraged to participate in the ESL program's Conversation Partner Program, where a Chinese-speaking student will be matched with an English-speaking student.

CHIN  101 - First Semester Chinese (4)

Intensive grammar, composition, conversation, reading. Stress on spoken language. Offered every Fall. This course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time.

CHIN  102 - Second Semester Chinese (4)

Prerequisite: CHIN - 101 or equivalent competence as determined by the Department. Continuation of CHIN 101. Offered every Spring. This course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time.

CHIN  195 - FYS: First-Year Seminar (4)

First Year Seminars are designed and taught by faculty who have a special passion for the topic. All FYSeminars are small classes (16 students) that count toward the university Core. Many FYSeminars include enrichment activities such as excursions into the city or guest speakers. FYSeminars are only open to students in their first or second semester at USF, and students may only take one FYS, in either Fall or Spring. For a detailed description of this course, and other FYSeminars this semester, go to this webpage by cutting and pasting the link: http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/firstyearsem/
Restricted to Freshman class

CHIN  200 - Intro to Lang and Ling Theory (4)

This course will offer a general introduction to the basic methodology and main results of formal linguistic theory. Through the examination of linguistic phenomena and data, we will seek to provide some answers to basic questions about the nature of human language and present results, and the scientific reasoning behind them, from linguistic research that would lead to a conception of human language as a complex but law-governed mental system.

CHIN  201 - Third Semester Chinese (4)

Prerequisite: CHIN - 102 or equivalent competence as determined by the Department. Continuation of CHIN 102. Offered every Fall. This course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time.

CHIN  202 - Fourth Semester Chinese (4)

Prerequisite: CHIN - 201 or equivalent competence as determined by the Department. Continuation of CHIN 201. Offered every Spring. This course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time.

CHIN  301 - Third Year Chinese (4)

Prerequisite: CHIN - 202 or equivalent. Develops intermediate-to-advanced-level skills in oral and written expression, and introduces modern literary Chinese through texts such as newspapers, short stories, and essays.

CHIN  302 - Advanced Chinese: Contemporary Chinese Cinema (4)

Prerequisite: CHIN - 301 or equivalent. Develops intermediate-to-advanced level skills in oral and written expression, and introduces modern literary Chinese through newspaper articles, short stories, and literary essays.

CHIN  310 - Business Chinese I (4)

Business Chinese is a language course for students interested in international business and seeking a more in-depth perspective on contemporary Chinese business communications. It is aimed to enhance students' Chinese skills in everyday business situations and to promote their understanding of the business environments and culture in the contemporary China. Class will be taught in Chinese. Prerequisite: three semesters of Chinese or equivalent language proficiency.

CHIN  320 - Introduction to Chinese Linguistics (4)

This course provides an introduction to basic concepts in Chinese linguistics. It surveys the most important elements of the Chinese language, its structure, dialects, and writing system from contemporary linguistic perspectives. It also covers such topics as history of the language, dialectal variations, language and culture, language planning, language use in society, and Chinese computing. The course will be conducted mainly in lectures in combination with discussions of assigned readings, hands-on activities and in-class exercises. Class will be taught in English. No prerequisite is required.

CHIN  330 - Chinese/Old Gold Mountain (SL) (4)

This course surveys the history of San Francisco’s Chinese community, including topics like immigration, economic development, and political protest. It is conducted primarily in Mandarin, with some lectures and discussions in English where appropriate. Satisfies the Service Learning (SL) requirement. Prerequisite: CHIN 301 (Advanced Chinese) or equivalent fluency.

CHIN  350 - Traditional Chinese Culture (CD) (4)

A history of the literati arts of landscape and bird and flower painting, calligraphy, and zither music, along with closely affiliated pursuits such as poetry, garden design, religious or literary pilgrimage, and philosophical contemplation. The impact of literati culture on Japan, Korea, and elsewhere is also covered.

CHIN  355 - Chinese Literature in Translation (4)

An introduction to significant examples of classical and modern literature, with emphasis on fiction, drama, and poetry (shi and ci). Offered every Fall.

CHIN  381 - Modern China: Rev and Moderniz (4)

A broad survey of China since 1840, emphasizing China's response to the West and the impact of the Revolutions of 1911 and 1949. Offered every other year.

CHIN  384 - The Rise of China Since Mao (4)

A comprehensive survey of the enormous changes, yet also important continuities, in China¿s domestic and foreign policy since 1978. Important themes include the transition to a market economy or ¿market Leninism¿; environmental impacts and the sustainability of growth; population policy; military modernization and the ¿China threat¿ scenario; village democracy and human rights issues; changing attitudes to sex and sexuality; and the search for values both new and traditional. Offered every other year.

CHIN  386 - History of U.S.-China Relations (4)

A study of the United States-China relations from the 1780s to the present day, with special emphasis on the period since 1945. Offered every other year.

CHIN  398 - Dir Reading and Research (1 - 4)

The written permission of the instructor, the department chair and the dean is required. Offered every semester.