CHIN155-21S2 (D) Semester Two 2021 (Distance)

Understanding China

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


This course provides basic understanding of China and Chinese culture through selected topical issues about China. The course will be taught in English; all prescribed readings and assessments (writing and spoken) are in English.

This course is the required non-language course for the Chinese major. It provides a basic understanding of China and Chinese culture.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, each student will:
1. Have a basic understanding of traditional Chinese culture and of how it is perceived in modern China;
2. Identify the evolving cultural trends of traditional China;
3. Show a cross-cultural view of China in the international network;
4. Develop a global awareness by connecting China with New Zealand and the rest of the world;
5. Be able to deploy organized ideas in presentation and participate in class discussions;
6. Demonstrate academic writing skills, including providing an argument, gathering and organizing second-hand resources, and analyzing materials closely and critically.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Chia-rong Wu


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Term 1 Test 20% Held week 6
Preliminary Plan (Group Project) 5% Due week 9
Proposal for the Research Essay 10% Due week 10
Group Presentation and Final Statement 15% Due week 11
Term 2 Test 20% Held week 12
Research Essay 30%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Wu Cheng'en; Monkey; Penguin Classics, 2016 (translated by Arthur Waley).

There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All CHIN155 Occurrences

  • CHIN155-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021
  • CHIN155-21S2 (D) Semester Two 2021 (Distance)