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Department Representative

Haomin Gong, Assistant Professor of Chinese
Guilford 313
216.368.2012
hxg171@case.edu

Major

There is no major in Chinese. Interested students may major in Asian Studies with an emphasis on China.

Minor

For students beginning Chinese at the introductory level: 101, 102, 201, 202, and one 300-level course. For students beginning Chinese at the 200-level: at least 15 hours of course work approved by the adviser.

Honors

The Departmental Honors program is available only in programs leading to a departmental major.

Chinese Course Descriptions

CHIN 101. Elementary Chinese I. 4 Units.
Introductory course in speaking, understanding, reading and writing Chinese. Students are expected to achieve control of the sound system and basic sentence patterns of standard Mandarin Chinese. The course emphasizes speaking and aural comprehension. 

CHIN 102. Elementary Chinese II. 4 Units.
Continuation of CHIN 101. Recommended preparation: Consent of department.

CHIN 201. Intermediate Chinese I. 4 Units.
Emphasizes basic structures of standard Mandarin Chinese; helps students improve reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities. Chinese culture, society, and people introduced through supplementary materials and activities. Recommended preparation: CHIN 102 or equivalent. 

CHIN 202. Intermediate Chinese II. 4 Units.
Continuation of CHIN 201. Students must use course material offered by the Online Language Learning Center in addition to class meetings. Recommended preparation: CHIN 201.

CHIN 203. Intermediate Chinese III. 4 Units.
As the continuation of CHIN 202, CHIN 203 is the third course at the intermediate level in Chinese language at CWRU. In this course, students focus on conversation combined with further study of grammatical and syntactic rules, and of cultural elements. The objective is a further development of communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Upon completion of this course, students’ proficiency will be optimal for entering CHIN 301. The course is a 4 credit course. The course uses integrated Chinese Level 2, Part 1, from the same series of textbooks for CHIN 201 and 202. The course covers 7 lessons of the book, two weeks for each lesson, in average. Students are expected to preview each lesson before class, to complete the assigned homework, and to study after class the content covered that day. The final grade will be based on the mid-term and final exams, and on quizzes. There will be a quiz at the end of each lesson. Chinese word-processing ability is one of the objectives of this course. Students will learn how to type Chinese texts using the Pinyin input method. Prereq: CHIN 202, or two years of study, or requisites not met permission.

CHIN 240. Modern Chinese Literature in Translation. 3 Units. 
This course examines Modern Chinese Literature from the beginning of the 20th century to postsocialist period. Taught in English.

CHIN 250. Classical Chinese Literature in Translation. 3 Units.
 In this course, students will have an opportunity to read classical texts dated back as early as to the 6th century B.C., to pre-modern literature in late imperial period of the 19th century. Taught in English.

CHIN 301. Advanced Chinese I. 4 Units.
Students work to achieve fluency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students must attend Language Resource Center in addition to class meetings. Recommended preparation: CHIN 202 or equivalent. 

CHIN 302. Advanced Chinese II. 4 Units.
Continuation of CHIN 301.

CHIN 303. Topics in Chinese. 3 Units.
Work with authentic materials to improve proficiency in Chinese. Emphasis on contemporary culture of China. Recommended preparation: CHIN 302. 

CHIN 304. Topics in Chinese. 3 Units.
Work with authentic materials to improve proficiency in Chinese. Emphasis on contemporary culture of China. Recommended preparation: CHIN 303.

CHIN 315. Business Chinese. 3 Units.
The Business Chinese course is designed to enhance students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Chinese through a variety of activities. It will focus on China’s contemporary international business issues and practices. At the end of the semester, the students will have a basic knowledge of China’s socio-cultural values, trade policy, and role in the world economy after its entry into the WTO and the ability to hold conversations on selected business topics with correct business vocabulary and in a culturally appropriate manner; to read business-related materials; and to write basic business communications including letters, reports and resumes. It is taught in Chinese and English. Offered as CHIN 315 and CHIN 415. Prereq: CHIN 202 or equivalent.

CHIN 320. Chinese Popular Culture. 3 Units.
This course examines Chinese–including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese Diaspora–popular culture, including popular literature, film, music, TV programs, posters, and the Internet.

CHIN 330. Chinese Cinema. 3 Units.
This course explores critical issues in Chinese cinema. Students will study Chinese films ranging from early productions in the 1920s to contemporary ones.

CHIN 340. China in Modernization. 3 Units.
This seminar introduces students to the recent modernization in China, focusing on the way the socioeconomic changes as a result of revolution, economic reform, and globalization, to meet the challenges of economic, social, and political, environmental, and ecological sustainability in the country and in the world.

CHIN 350. China and Green Transformation. 3 Units.
This seminar introduces students to the recent major green transformation in China and elsewhere in the world, focusing on the way the green economic changes took place in response to financial crisis, climate change, energy insecurity, and international competition. The seminar will also assess the impacts of various aspects of green transformation on today’s and future world.

CHIN 380. Contemporary Chinese Texts I. 3 Units.
This course is designed for students who have completed CHIN 302 or equivalent. It provides intensive trainings in communicational skills by reading, watching, and discussing a variety of texts. Prereq: CHIN 302 or equivalent.

CHIN 381. Contemporary Chinese Texts II. 3 Units.
This course is a continuation of CHIN 380. It provides intensive trainings in communicational skills by reading, watching, and discussing a variety of texts. Prereq: CHIN 380 or equivalent.

CHIN 397. Senior Thesis I. 3 Units.
This course is the first one of the two-semester thesis-writing course series required for senior majors, which leads to a substantial research paper in English with significant Chinese elements. Students take this course under the supervision of their faculty director. Permit required.

CHIN 398. Senior Thesis II. 3 Units.
Continuation of CHIN 397. Limited to senior majors. Prereq: CHIN 397.

CHIN 399. Independent Study. 1 – 3 Unit.
Directed study for those students who have progressed beyond available course offerings. Prereq: CHIN 202.

CHIN 415. Business Chinese. 3 Units.
The Business Chinese course is designed to enhance students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Chinese through a variety of activities. It will focus on China’s contemporary international business issues and practices. At the end of the semester, the students will have a basic knowledge of China’s socio-cultural values, trade policy, and role in the world economy after its entry into the WTO and the ability to hold conversations on selected business topics with correct business vocabulary and in a culturally appropriate manner; to read business-related materials; and to write basic business communications including letters, reports and resumes. It is taught in Chinese and English. Offered as CHIN 315 and CHIN 415. Prereq: CHIN 202 or equivalent.

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