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Asia-Canada Program | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Chinese Studies

Certificate

This program offers courses related to the study of China. Students receive an introduction to Chinese language and complete other related courses.

Admission Requirements

There are no specific admission requirements. See the Asia-Canada advisor for admission approval.

Program Requirements

Students complete a total of 21 units, of which nine are earned by completing three required core courses. The remaining courses are selected from the list of electives below. At least 11 units used toward the certificate must be completed at Simon Fraser University.

Core Courses

Students complete a total of nine units, including all of

ASC 200 - Introduction to Chinese Civilization (3)

An introduction to historical and cultural perspectives on China. Topics covered will include different aspects of traditional Chinese civilization with a view to understanding contemporary Chinese society. Prerequisite: 15 units. Breadth-Humanities.

two 100-level CHIN courses

Electives

Students complete a total of 12 units, chosen from the following

ASC 202 - Studies in Asian Cultures (3) *

An introduction to East, Southeast or South Asian art, literature, history or philosophy. The emphasis will be on the cultural importance of the themes covered and on their relationship to contemporary societies. Prerequisite: 15 units.

ASC 302 - Selected Topics in Chinese Studies (3)

Content will vary according to interests of faculty and students but will involve China-related study within one or more of the social science or humanities disciplines. Prerequisite: 45 units including at least one lower division ASC course. Recommended: ASC 200.

ASC 400 - Selected Topics in Asia-Canada Studies (3) *

Prerequisite: 45 units including at least one lower division ASC course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Paul Crowe
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
BUS 431 - Business with East Asian Countries (3) *

This course examines the opportunities and challenges of doing business with the Pacific Rim countries such as China, Japan and Korea. Topics include the following: the political and economic systems as they affect foreign investment; social and cultural systems as they affect management practices; the conduct of business negotiations for market entry; and marketing strategies. Prerequisite: BUS 360W and one of BUS 430 or 432; 60 units. Recommended: BUS 346.

CHIN 200 - Mandarin Chinese III (3)

Continues to build on all four skills of the language acquired in CHIN 101/102, with special emphasis on improving the students' spoken facility in the language. Prerequisite: CHIN 100 and 101 or equivalent.

CHIN 201 - Mandarin Chinese IV (3)

Continues to build on all four skills of the language acquired in CHIN 200, with special emphasis on improving the students' spoken facility. Prerequisite: CHIN 200 or equivalent.

HIST 254 - China to 1800 (3)

This course offers a broad survey of the history of China from antiquity to the eve of its modern transformations at the turn of the nineteenth century. It aims to challenge the perception of an unchanging China and to encourage students to develop a critical understanding of the forces integrating and dividing this geo-cultural unit. Breadth-Humanities.

or HIST 255 - China since 1800 (3)

A survey of the history of China from the end of the eighteenth century, when traditional Chinese society was arguably at its height of development, to the end of the twentieth century when the social revolutions promised by the Communist regime have clearly failed to materialize. The main objectives are to provide students with vocabularies and tools to understand and interpret the political, social and cultural transformations in modern China and to initiate them in the art and techniques of historical analysis. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jeremy Brown
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
D101
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D102
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
TASC2 7201, Burnaby
D103
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
D104
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 8104, Burnaby
D105
Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
D106
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D107
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D108
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D109
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
HIST 366 - Social and Cultural History of Modern China (4)

Explores the social and cultural problems in modern Chinese history, with special emphasis on popular and elite cultures in the late Qing, Republican, and socialist eras. Prerequisite: 45 units, including six units of lower division history. HIST 255 is recommended.

HUM 203 - Great Texts: Asian Thought and Literature (3) *

An introduction to classic texts which have endured as monuments of Asian thought and literature. Readings and discussions of primary texts and their central ideas will introduce students to philosophical, literary and religious themes in a selected, major Asian tradition. Prerequisite: 30 units. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 204 - Great Religious Texts (3) *

A study of some of the key works which have had a formative influence on major religious traditions. Primary texts will be selected to illustrate core elements in the religious understanding of human life and its relationship to the sacred. Prerequisite: 30 units. HUM 130 (HUM 230 prior to 2007) is recommended. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 330 - Religion in Context (4) *

An in-depth investigation of a specific case of religious history and tradition. Religion will be studied through the cultural and historical contexts that pervade and structure religious meaning and expression. This course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 331 - Special Topics in Asian Religious Traditions (4) *

Studies a specific Asian religious tradition through the cultural and historical contexts that structure religious meaning. This course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Michael Newton
Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
SA 275 - China in Transition (SA) (4) *

An introduction to culture, social structure and the processes of social, economic, and political transformation in contemporary China. Topics may include recent development of Marxism, feminism and neoliberalism in China; Western debates on China's rise and images of China as threat; human rights. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150. Students with credit for SA 293 in 2000-1 term may not take SA 275 for further credit.

With prior permission from the director, students may count other China-related courses which do not appear on this list. Consult with the program advisor.

* when the topic is China related. Consult the program advisor