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Chinese (CHNS)

CHNS 454 (IL) Introduction to Classical Chinese (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Basic patterns and structures of Classical Chinese to the first millennium B.C. to the 19th century.

CHNS 454 Introduction to Classical Chinese (3)

BA - This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course introduces students to the basic patterns and structures of Classical Chinese. Classical Chinese is a language shaped in the latter half of the first millennium B.C. that still persists as a living medium of expression today. Knowledge of Classical Chinese is important to help students read and understand sophisticated modern Chinese texts, which make frequent use of Classical allusions and constructs. In this course, students will learn basic grammar, syntax, and commonly-used vocabulary. The cultural and literary implications of classical Chinese will be discussed throughout the course in order to provide the students not only with the linguistic knowledge of classical Chinese, but the rich historical backgrounds implied in this particular style of Chinese.

The main goal of the course is for students to acquire skills in reading Classical Chinese and expand their knowledge and understanding of ancient Chinese culture, society and history in relation to modern and contemporary Chinese culture, such as Confucianism and family values. With this knowledge and training, not only will students be more comfortable reading the Chinese Classics, they will also thereby increase their proficiency in modern Chinese and their knowledge of Chinese culture.

This course will fulfill the Intercultural Cultures and B.A. "Other Cultures" and foreign language requirements.

General Education: None
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Other Cultures and Foreign Language
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: CHNS 401 or equivalent (such as study abroad credit)

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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