Course Code


Course Name

Introduction to Chinese Studies


Tuesday 2:30-5:15pm


ELB 205


GAO Yunwen
LI Chen
LING Minhua

Teaching Assistant

HU Yijun

Course Description

This course is an introduction to major themes in Chinese Studies that examines key questions, problems and approaches to the study of the Chinese world. Lectures and tutorial discussions are designed to inspire first-year students to grapple with major issues, to reflect on how they themselves relate to what is studied, and to begin to explore the wide scope of possibilities inherent to this interdisciplinary major.

Course Outline

Detailed Course Outline is available on Blackboard.

Week 1: Introduction: Chinese Studies and You

Week 2: History and Religion

Week 3: What is Modern in China?

Week 4: On Revolution in China

Week 5: Approaching Chinese Literature from an Interdisciplinary Perspective

Week 6: Engaging with Primary Sources: The Case of the Hong Kong Literature Special Collection

Week 7: Contemporary China: Politics and Film

Week 8: China’s Economy

Week 9: China’s Business Environment

Week 10: Chinese on the Move I

Week 11: Chinese on the Move II

Week 12: Group Projects Research Week

Week 13: Group Project Presentations

Assessment & Assignments

Note-taking   5%

Fieldnotes   5%

Reading Quizzes (5)   10%

Class Participation   15%

In-Class Essays (3)   30%

Group Project   10%

Library Homework   5%

Exploration Paper   20%

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.