CHIN409-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

A Special Topic

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


An alternative appropriate topic in Chinese studies may be arranged after discussion between the student and teaching staff.

This course aims to further develop and consolidate the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Chinese as well as students’ understanding of cultures and societies in the Chinese speaking context. The course will use texts (written texts or video clips) aimed at the native Chinese speakers, introducing expressions for discussion of indigenous issues, and Chinese culture and languages. Topics covered in lectures will be decided before the semester begins or in the first week when the lecturer and students discuss issues that may meet students’ interests. For developing writing and speaking skills, students will be required to do oral presentation, conduct student-led discussions, and write two short essays in Chinese.

There are four contact hours in the form of classroom teaching each week during term time. There is a total of 48 contact hours in this course.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the completion of this course, students are expected to have achieved the following:
  • In general, they should have a good mastery of the vocabulary and sentence patterns taught in the course. They should be able to use these words and sentence patterns to conduct meaningful conversation with a native speaker and to be able to deliver abstract ideas with expressions and sentence structures covered in the course.
  • By learning a foreign language, students will develop more understanding of global conditions, will become competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts, and will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand and its relevance to their study of the foreign language. This will help the language students to critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply the knowledge and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
    • 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.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      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.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      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.


Subject to approval of the Programme Director.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Nancy Chu


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Study journals (10) 40% Weekly assessment
Student-led discussions (4) 20% Week 3, 6, 9 & 12
Term essays (2) 30%
Term presentations (2) 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Selected journal articles and publicly accessible public services related texts distributed in New
Zealand, China and Taiwan

Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,937.00

* 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 .

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  • CHIN409-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022