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Chinese Culture and Society HMC318

Hobart, Launceston



In this unit you will be introduced to many of the important factors shaping China in the 21st Century. After learning about the dramatic changes in China, we will turn our attention to the Overseas Chinese in South East Asia (Nanyang Chinese) and the impact of the Chinese community in other parts of the world. You will also learn about China’s soft power, the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI) and explore current issues such as the ‘silent invasion’ theory which argues that the rise of China poses a threat to Western liberal democracies such as New Zealand and Australia.


Unit name Chinese Culture and Society
Unit code HMC318
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Global Cultures and Languages

Teaching staff

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 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of issues related to domestic development in China, its international profile, and its links with the Overseas Chinese.
  2. Analyse issues related to domestic development in China, its international profile, and its links with the Overseas Chinese.
  3. Communicate in a variety of formats on matters related to domestic development in China, its international profile, and its links with the Overseas Chinese.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 091515

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:


Teaching Pattern

2 hr seminar weekly (13 wks)


Short written assignments totalling 1500 words (30%);

Report 1500 words (30%);

Take-home exam (40%)

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