University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

ASIA 2028 - Ten Things You Should Know About China

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Assessment: Participation 10%, Oral presentation 20%, Essay (3000 words) 30%, Examination 40%.

Do the Chinese eat everything? Who are the Chinese? Is China communist? What is China? Do you want to learn Chinese? But which Chinese language? Who is Confucius and what did he say? What is Yin and Yang? Is there such a thing as Chinese literature? Who is arguably the most important writer in modern China and why? What do you know about the Great Leap Forward? Is the Cultural Revolution cultural and revolutionary? Do you know the colour of Deng Xiaoping's cat? What has that anything to do with the Chinese economy? This course will question almost everything you know or you think you know about China. Ten Things You Should Know aims to challenge the accepted Australian wisdom and understanding of China, past or present, as presented in the media and some popular writings. By focusing on ten topics of personality or events and their surrounding issues in China's history and societal developments, this course will provoke debates and offers alternative perspectives to the answers of the above mentioned and other questions. The course aims to achieve three major goals for the students: 1) a critical understanding of some most important issues on China, 2) placing Australia and yourself in international context and 3) critical thinking towards anyone including the lecturer in this course who talks about China. Once you finish the course you will be the leading light in topics on China when you are with your family, among your friends and in social gathering (seriously).

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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Tue 15/03/2022 Thu 24/03/2022 Fri 06/05/2022 Fri 10/06/2022

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
19672 LEC0 150 57 This class does not have any timetabled face-to-face sessions. Please check MyUni or contact your Course Coordinator for details.
Related Class: Small Group Discovery
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
15089 SG03 50 32 1 Mar - 5 Apr Tuesday 4pm - 5pm Barr Smith South, 2051, Teaching Room
26 Apr - 31 May Tuesday 4pm - 5pm Barr Smith South, 2051, Teaching Room
15090 SG02 48 FULL 3 Mar - 7 Apr Thursday 11am - 12pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
28 Apr - 2 Jun Thursday 11am - 12pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
15091 SG01 50 23 28 Feb - 4 Apr Monday 11am - 12pm Ingkarni Wardli, B18, Teaching Room
25 Apr - 30 May Monday 11am - 12pm Ingkarni Wardli, B18, Teaching Room