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Chinese at Waikato involves the study of Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) and the history, culture and society of ancient and present day China.

China ("Zhongguo" – the Central Kingdom) has a civilisation that spans 4,000 years, the longest unbroken civilisation in the world. It was the centre of East Asian culture for many centuries, exerting a strong influence on its immediate neighbours, including Korea, Japan and Vietnam.

Over the last two decades China has achieved the highest economic growth rate in the world. According to World Bank and IMF estimates, in terms of real size of its economy, China now ranks third internationally. And it's home to one fifth of the world's population and is poised to become a massive world force.

As part of the Asia Pacific region, New Zealand has substantial links with the countries of Chinese-speaking Asia, with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan included among New Zealand's top ten trading partners. There is a large Chinese immigrant community in New Zealand and large numbers of Chinese tourists visit.

An understanding of this emerging modern power and its language is an invaluable tool, whether you are studying Chinese language and culture out of interest or for career reasons.

 Career opportunities

  • Diplomat
  • Hospitality Operator
  • International Lawyer
  • Tour Guide
  • Translator or Interpreter
  • Travel Agent

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHINE131Chinese Language 1: Part A18A (Hamilton)
An introductory paper designed for students with no previous knowledge of Chinese. It takes an integrated approach involving all four of the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students with prior knowledge of Chinese should consult the Convenor of Chinese regarding placement.
CHINE132Chinese Language 1: Part B18B (Hamilton)
This paper is the continuation of CHINE131/CHIN131 and focuses on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing the Chinese language at an elementary level.
INTLC101International Languages and Cultures18A (Hamilton)
A cultural perspectives paper with a thematic focus on China, France, Japan, Spain and Latin America

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHINE204Visualising China18A (Hamilton)
This paper examines aspects of Chinese visual culture (film and painting) within a comparative historical framework, with an emphasis on the modern and contemporary.
CHINE231Chinese Language 2: Part A18A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing the Chinese language at an intermediate level.
CHINE232Chinese Language 2: Part B18B (Hamilton)
This paper is the continuation of CHINE231.
INTLC221Understanding East Asia18B (Hamilton)
This paper offers a critical examination of historical traditions and contemporary life in East Asia, with a focus on China and Japan, and their roles within a global context. This paper is taught in English and is open to all students, including those who have no prior knowledge of Chinese and Japanese.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHIN306Reading and Translation Skills18A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed primarily for native speakers of Chinese and is taught bilingually. It aims to improve students' bilingual reading skills and to develop students' ability to translate from and into Chinese and English.
CHIN307Political and Economic Modernisation in Chinese-speaking Asia18B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the different models of modernisation adopted in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, focusing on the social, economic, political and cultural aspects of the modernisation process in these four predominantly Chinese speaking regions.
CHIN321Translation Methodology and Practice18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the methodology and practice of Chinese to English and English to Chinese translation, utilising a variety of readings.
CHIN331Chinese Language 3: Part A18A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on advanced Chinese language learning and is a continuation of CHINE232/CHIN232.
CHIN332Chinese Language 3: Part B18B (Hamilton)
This paper is a continuation of CHIN331.
CHIN380Study Abroad 1This paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
CHIN381Study Abroad 2This paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
CHIN382Study Abroad 3This paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
CHIN390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
This paper involves an investigation of a particular topic in the field of Chinese Studies.
FASS396Work Placement18C (Block) & 18D (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
INTL380Study Abroad 118C (Block)
This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
INTL381Study Abroad 218C (Block)
This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
INTL382Study Abroad 318C (Block)
This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Chin) and GradDip(Chin)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Chinese at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Chin), PGDip(Chin), BA(Hons) and MA.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Chinese papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Chinese papers or all their undergraduate Chinese papers.

To complete a BA(Hons) in Chinese, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally CHIN591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Chinese.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA in Chinese, a student must have completed either:

a) a BA with a major in International Languages and Cultures: Chinese pathway (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Chinese papers or all of their undergraduate Chinese papers, or

b) a BA(Hons) in Chinese (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

Completion requirements for the MA in Chinese vary according to admission criteria:

Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including a research foundations paper, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

Students contemplating graduate studies should consult the Convenor of Chinese.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHIN501Advanced Chinese Language Acquisition18A (Hamilton)
The aim of this paper is to enable students to develop their Chinese language communication skills at an advanced level. The paper will cover the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
CHIN504Readings in Modern Chinese Literature18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers selected readings from the literary works of some of the most influential Chinese writers of the twentieth century. The aim of the paper is to develop students' abilities to handle literary texts in the Chinese language, as well as to gain some insight into the social and cultural milieu in which Chinese writers o...
CHIN507Special Topic18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
CHIN508Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language18A (Hamilton)
A general overview and analysis of theories and research in the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language and TCFL practice world wide. This paper focuses on language analysis from a pedagogical perspective, the evaluation and development of TCFL teaching materials and curriculum design and development.
CHIN590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
CHIN591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
CHIN592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
CHIN593Chinese Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
CHIN594Chinese Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHIN800Chinese MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHIN900Chinese PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

Chinese is available as a pathway within the International Languages and Cultures major or as a supporting subject for the BA, as a specialisation (set out below), and as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

Chinese pathway within International Languages and Cultures major
International Languages and Cultures is available as a major for the BA. International Languages and Cultures may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

For full details see International Languages and Cultures major

Chinese language specialisation
Within the BA, BBA, BCS, BECom, BMS, BSocSc and BTour a Chinese Language specialisation is available, and within the BSc and BSc(Tech) a specialisation in Science International in Chinese is available. This specialisation provides students with an element of linguistic and cultural competence that better equips them for the professional and personal challenges of a globalised environment.

A specialisation in Chinese for the BA and BSocSc requires 60 points above 100 level in Chinese, made up of CHIN231, CHIN232 and CHIN331.

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.

Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4932
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: chin-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: chin-grad@waikato.ac.nz