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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

Chinese Language 1: Part ACHINE13115.0 Points
Chinese Language 1: Part BCHINE13215.0 Points
International Languages and CulturesINTLC10115.0 Points

200 level

Visualising ChinaCHINE20420.0 Points
Chinese Language 2: Part ACHINE23115.0 Points
Chinese Language 2: Part BCHINE23215.0 Points
Understanding East AsiaINTLC22115.0 Points

300 level

Reading and Translation SkillsCHIN30620.0 Points
Political and Economic Modernisation in Chinese-speaking AsiaCHIN30720.0 Points
Translation Methodology and PracticeCHIN32120.0 Points
Chinese Language 3: Part ACHIN33120.0 Points
Chinese Language 3: Part BCHIN33220.0 Points
Study Abroad 1CHIN38020.0 Points
Study Abroad 2CHIN38120.0 Points
Study Abroad 3CHIN38220.0 Points
Directed StudyCHIN39020.0 Points
Work PlacementFASS39620.0 Points
Study Abroad 1INTL38020.0 Points
Study Abroad 2INTL38120.0 Points
Study Abroad 3INTL38220.0 Points

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.

Advanced Chinese Language AcquisitionCHIN50130.0 Points
Readings in Modern Chinese LiteratureCHIN50430.0 Points
Special TopicCHIN50730.0 Points
Teaching Chinese as a Foreign LanguageCHIN50830.0 Points
Directed StudyCHIN59030.0 Points
DissertationCHIN59130.0 Points
DissertationCHIN59260.0 Points
Chinese ThesisCHIN59390.0 Points
Chinese ThesisCHIN594120.0 Points

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.

Chinese MPhil ThesisCHIN800120.0 Points

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.

Chinese PhD ThesisCHIN900120.0 Points

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