Course Code


Course Name

Perspectives on Chinese Studies [Required Course for CAC Stream]


Friday 1:30-4:15pm


WMY 406



Teaching Assistant

Mavis SIU

Course Description

This is a required course for students in the Chinese Arts and Culture stream. It has two aims:

(i) To outline techniques for academic writing and research which students will require for their Master studies. This includes general skills in writing research papers, literature reviews and book reports, as well as citation guidelines and research ethics (including regulations regarding plagiarism).

(ii) To provide students with an introduction to the methodologies of the specific disciplines which form the core of the Chinese Arts and Culture stream, specifically history, film, literature and art history. This reflects the belief at the Centre for China Studies that good interdisciplinary studies of China have to start from a solid grounding in specific disciplines. 

Course Outline

Detailed Course Outline is available on Blackboard.

Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Academic Writing Skills and Using the Library

Week 3: History Module: Studying Modern Chinese History

Week 4: Public Holiday

Week 5: Film Module: File Style – An Introduction

Week 6: File Module: Film Analysis – An Introduction

Week 7: Literature Review Consultations

Week 8: Literature Module: Historicizing Modern Chinese Literature

Week 9: Literature Module: Literature, Language and Voices

Week 10: Art History Module: Reading and Analysing Art History

Week 11: Art History Module: Reading and Describing Artworks

Week 12: Art History Module: Analysing and Intepreting Artworks

Week 13: Why Study (Chinese) Arts and Culture?

Assessment & Assignments

Participation (10%)

Citation Exercise (10%)

Book report (20%)

Short Assignment (20%)

Literature review (40%)

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.