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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.

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Study Locations: Hamilton
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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 CHINE591) 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.

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.

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.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHINE131Chinese Language 1: Part A19A (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 B19B (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 Cultures19A (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 China19A (Hamilton)
This paper offers a critical examination of a number of key aspects of traditional and contemporary Chinese visual culture within a comparative historical framework. This paper is taught in English, and is delivered largely online.
CHINE231Chinese Language 2: Part A19A (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 B19B (Hamilton)
This paper is the continuation of CHINE231.
INTLC221Understanding East Asia19B (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
CHINE306Reading and Translation Skills19A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed primarily for native speakers of Chinese . It is taught bilingually and aims to improve students' bilingual reading skills and develop students' ability to translate from and into Chinese and English
CHINE307Political and Economic Modernisation in Chinese-speaking Asia19B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the different models of political and economic modernisation adopted in the four predominantly Chinese-speaking regions of Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Note: This paper is taught in English.
CHINE321Translation Methodology and Practice19B (Hamilton)
This paper develops students' ability to translate from Chinese to English and vice versa, utilising a variety of readings. Note: This paper is designed for non-native speakers of Chinese only. Native Chinese speakers are eligible to enrol in CHINE306.
CHINE331Chinese Language 3: Part A19A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on advanced Chinese language learning and is a continuation of Chinese Language Part 2.
CHINE332Chinese Language 3: Part B19B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on advanced Chinese language learning and is a continuation of Chinese Language 3: Part A.
CHINE380Study Abroad19C (Block)
This paper involves intensive language and/or society and culture instruction at education institutions in Chinese-speaking Asia.
CHINE390Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
This paper involves an investigation of a particular topic in the field of Chinese Studies.
INTLC380Study Abroad 119C (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.
INTLC381Study Abroad 219C (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.
INTLC382Study Abroad 319C (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.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHINE501Advanced Chinese Language Acquisition19A (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.
CHINE503Advanced Research into Modern and Contemporary Chinese Society19A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on important issues relating to modern and contemporary Chinese society. It utilises primary sources as a basis for the study of recent social structural changes in Chinese-speaking Asia.
CHINE504Readings in Modern Chinese Literature19B (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...
CHINE507Special Topic19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
CHINE508Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language19A (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.
CHINE590Directed Study19A (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
CHINE591Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
CHINE592Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
CHINE593Chinese Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
CHINE594Chinese Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHIN800Chinese MPhil Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHIN900Chinese PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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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.


Documents

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Career Moves

  • 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