Course Code


Course Name

Understanding China through Texts I


12:30pm - 1:15pm
8:30am - 10:15am




Dr. Chi Chiu Lam

Teaching Assistant

Hu Yijun

Miao Zixin

Course Description

This course is designed to help Chinese studies majors enhance their Chinese language, texual research competencies, and understanding of China. The selected texts for this course vary according to the instructor’s research expertise and students’ research interests. There will be workshops helping students identify major journals and archives in Chinese language, pick relevant research texts for close reading, explore fiction writing, develop essay writing and present on the topic based on the selected reading. The class will be conducted in Mandarin to accommodate students’ language proficiency.

Course Outline

Week 1  Course Overview

Week 2  May Fourth Literature: Lu Xun

Week 3  May Fourth Literature: Shen Congwen

Week 4  Writing Workshop 1

Week 5  Post-1949 China: Liu Xinwu, Shi Tiesheng

Week 6  Post-1979 China:Yu Hua

Week 7  Post-1979 China: Su Tong

Week 8  Post-1979 China: Can Xue

Week 9  Writing Workshop 2: Literary Criticism

Week 10  Post-1979 China: Han Song

Week 11  Final Project Presentation I

Week 12  Final Project Presentation II

Assessment & Assignments

1) Attendance and Participation (20%) 

2) Discussion Facilitation (10%) 

3) Essays (20% each – 40% total) 

4) Final Project (30%) 

Honesty in Academic Work

Before submitting all written assignments, first upload them to the VeriGuide system (, obtain the Veriguide receipt, sign it, and attach it to the paper copy submission of your essay on the final submission date. Any cases of plagiarism will be severely penalized and reported to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, which could result in failure or expulsion from the University. Please refer to the website: for instruction on how to use Veriguide.