Courses & Units

Classical Chinese A HMC314

Hobart, Launceston


This is an elective unit that complements (but is not a prerequisite for) HMC315 Classical Chinese B


This unit has twofold focuses: language and philosophy. The language part focuses on reading, interpreting and understanding sample writings of original classical Chinese texts, from Shi Jing [Book of Odes] to Tang/Song poetry. The philosophy part highlights three streams of Chinese classical thoughts: Confucianism, Daoism and Legalism, with a brief discussion on Buddhism.

Students will be introduced to a range of texts from classical Chinese literature. They will also be introduced to modern and contemporary uses of classical Chinese terms, idioms and literary forms. There will be a focus on understanding and translating classical Chinese texts into modern Chinese and English.

Finishing this unit will enable the students to move on to HMC315 in the second semester.


Unit name Classical Chinese A
Unit code HMC314
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Arts
School of Humanities
Discipline Asian Languages & Studies

Dr Vienna Li

Teaching staff

Ms V Li

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 23/2/2015 23/3/2015 13/4/2015 29/5/2015

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2015: $769.00 2015: $1,812.00 091515

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25 credit points of HMC prefix units at 300/advanced level for non-background speakers of Chinese.


Teaching Pattern

Sem 1; 1 hr lecture, 1.5 hrs tutorials weekly (13 wks)


Group presentation (10%, Chinese/English); mid-term exam (10%, Chinese/English); research essay (3,000 words in Chinese or 1,500 words in English, 40%); 2-hr exam (40%, Chinese/English)

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