About this unit
Students admitted to this course are expected to have a level of Chinese equivalent to HSC Chinese for Background Speakers. We will come across readings in English as well as Chinese from time to time and students are expected to be able to read and write in good Chinese and English.
Students are encouraged to attend all classes and tutorials are compulsory with tutorial discussion strongly emphasizing student engagement and class discussion. To benefit the most from the course, students are required to be active, responsible participants in their own learning, and to develop indpendent analytical and research skills in Chinese culture and society by reading and analysing both Chinese and English sources which should not be confined to the recommended reading list. Students should complete assessments on time by following instructions. Essays and assignments will be written in Chinese although class discussions will be in Chinese and explained in English if necessary. Students should check their iLearn unit regularly for announcements and resource information posted by the convenor. Students should check their university email account regularly. It is the responsibility of students to be aware and up to date with unit news and announcements.
TECHNOLOGY USED AND REQUIRED
Standard requirements include a computer and internet access to interact with the teaching materials on iLearn.
Is my unit in iLearn?: http://help.ilearn.mq.edu.au/unitsonline/ to check when your online unit will become available.
Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.
For students attending classes on campus we strongly encourage that you bring along your own laptop computer, ready to work with activities in your online unit. The preferred operating system is Windows 10.
Students are required to access the online unit in iLearn by the end of Week 1 and follow any relevant instructions and links for downloads that may be required. If applicable, students are required to download the relevant language package prior to Week 2.
Please contact your course convenor before the end of Week 1 if you do not have a suitable laptop (or tablet) for in-class use.
Albany: State University of New York Press. 1991.
Allinson, Robert. (ed.) Understanding the Chinese Mind. Hong Kong: Oxford University Press. 1990.
Graham, A. C. Disputers of the Tao: Philosophical Argument in Ancient China. Open Court. 1999.
Gernet, Jacques. A History of Chinese Civilization. [Reprint] Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1987.
謝和耐. 中國社會史. 耿昇譯. 江蘇人民出版社. 1996.
Henderson, John, B. The Development and Decline of Chinese Cosmology. Columbia University Press. 1984.
Kern, Martin. Text and Ritual in Early China. University of Washington Press. 2000.
Major, John.Myth, Cosmology, and the Origins of Chinese Science.Journal of Chinese Philosophy 5 (1):1-20.
Moore, Charles. The Chinese Mind: Essentials of Chinese Philosophy and Culture. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. 1967.
Ralph Weber (2005). Oneness and Particularity in Chinese Natural Cosmology: The Notion Tianrenheyi.Asian Philosophy 15 (2):191 – 205.
Yang Rubin楊儒賓. Energeia and Body in Ancient China中國古代思想中的氣論與身體觀. Taipei: Juliu Tushu. 1997.
You will find some of the URL links containing materials on Chinese texts, history, archaeology, art, culture extremely handy. Among these are:
This pointer will bring up the introduction page of the Classical Chinese Historiography for Chinese History. Scroll down to get to the table of contents. The display includes full-style Chinese characters (fanti zi). The most useful section for this course is section 9: Select Bibliography of Chinese Classics and Literature in Translation with Recent Related Histories; Section 10: Selected English Bibliography For Chinese Civilization: A Brief Historical Survey. You can reach this by using the contents page.
General information about improving your learning skills
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The library databases offer access to thousands of academic journal articles on all relevant subject areas. Make a point of searching these databases for scholarly articles for sources of information for assignments. The library enquiry desk is a good point of assistance in the use of these databases. You can also the ‘Ask a Librarian’ service by phone or live chat. http://www.mq.edu.au/on_campus/library/
For lecture times and classrooms please consult the MQ Timetable website: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au. This website will display up-to-date information on your classes and classroom locations. There is one hour lecture and one hour tutorial for this unit.
Electronic Copy via Turnitin.com
Macquarie University subscribes to the 'Turn It In' plagiarism detection system. All students will be required to submit all of their written work through this system. See Assessment Submission for details.
Assessment Marking Rubrics
Assessment Marking Rubrics are required for each assessment task (see Assessment Tasks in General). They can be downloaded from iLearn.