CHIN155-22S1 (D) Semester One 2022 (Distance)

Understanding China

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


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 surveys Chinese culture through selected topical issues. Students will read various cultural texts such as fiction and poetry in English translation and compare these classics with their adaptations and renditions in modern China. Students will learn how to analyze Chinese literary texts and better grasp the cultural legacies of China as a civilization. In doing so, students will develop a more sophisticated understanding of and critical appreciation for Chinese culture. No knowledge of Chinese language or prior coursework on Chinese culture is required.

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
Response journals (4) 20% Weeks 3, 5, 9 and 11
Term tests (2) 50% Weeks 6 and 12
Proposal for the Research Essay and presentation 10% Week 11 and 12
Research Essay 20% Due university examination period

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

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

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

E-book: Wu Cheng’en’s Monkey, translated by Arthur Waley. This e-book is available for purchase via
the following link:

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $799.00

International fee $3,600.00

* 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

  • CHIN155-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022
  • CHIN155-22S1 (D) Semester One 2022 (Distance)