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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.

Enrolment into the PGCert, PGDip, BA(Hons) and MA in Chinese will be suspended from 2022.
At undergraduate (Bachelors) level, a Chinese specialisation is offered through a major in International Languages and Cultures.

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 second internationally. 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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Key information

Study Location:Hamilton
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100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
CHINE131Chinese for Beginners15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces you to the Chinese writing system, pinyin, and tones. You will also learn the basics of greetings and self-introductions in Chinese. The paper is for complete beginners only.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
CHINE231Intermediate Chinese 115.024A (Hamilton)
This paper will extend students' communication skills in Chinese across a range of everyday situations, including celebrations, seeking medical advice, arranging rental accommodation and shopping as a tourist.
CHINE232Intermediate Chinese 215.024B (Hamilton)
This paper will enable you to improve your Chinese communication skills across a range of everyday situations by expanding your understanding of more complex grammatical structures and vocabulary.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
CHINE306Reading and Translation Skills: Chinese15.024A (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.
CHINE331Advanced Chinese 115.024A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on advanced Chinese language learning and is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese 2.
CHINE332Advanced Chinese 215.024B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on advanced Chinese language learning and is a continuation of Advanced Chinese 1.
INTLC301Research Methods in International Languages and Cultures15.024B (Hamilton)
After workshops covering intercultural contexts in research, bibliography, literature reviews, ethics, data collection and editing, students will prepare a research report.
INTLC303Visual Cultures of East Asia15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper critically examines key forms of East Asian visual culture, with a focus on film and art, and within a comparative context.
INTLC380Study Abroad 115.024G (Block), 24I (Block) & 24X (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.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
CHINE800Chinese MPhil Thesis120.024X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
CHINE900Chinese PhD Thesis120.024I (Hamilton), 24J (Hamilton), 24K (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
No description available.

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East Asian Studies

Chinese is available as a specialisation within the International Languages and Cultures major for the BA, and as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, or as a minor in any other degree, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

The aim of the specialisation is to provide students with an element of linguistic and cultural competence that better equips them for the professional and personal challenges of a globalised environment; as well as to encourage the study of languages. The language acquisition papers are designed primarily for learners of Modern Standard Chinese as a foreign or second language. Students with prior knowledge of Chinese must consult with the programme convenor before enrolling in language acquisition papers. The papers in Chinese history, culture and society are taught in English and are also available to non-language students.

International Languages and Cultures major with a specialisation in Chinese
International Languages and Cultures is available as a major for the BA, and may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees. A major in International Languages and Cultures with a specialisation in Chinese requires a total of 135 points and students must complete CHINE131, CHINE231CHINE232CHINE331 and CHINE332.

For more information about subject requirements please refer to the Catalogue of Papers for the most up to date information.

Chinese in other majors
A minor, or specialisation in other majors requires 60 points above 100 level in Chinese, students must complete CHINE231CHINE232 and CHINE331.

The point of entry into the Chinese programme depends on previous experience. Students with little or no previous experience will start with CHINE131. Students with 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Chinese, or good results in NCEA Level 2 Chinese should start from CHINE231. Students who are uncertain about where to start should contact the Convenor of Chinese.

If you have any questions and need more advice contact one of our friendly student advisors phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080 or email: [email protected]

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


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