2017 Undergraduate Courses
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Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students Major | 2017

This information is for students commencing their course in 2017. Students follow the rules and requirements for the year they commenced their course. Please refer to the Archives link in the menu for years prior to 2017.

Approximately 14.4% of the world's population are native speakers of Mandarin and it is one of the six official languages of the UN. China has a 5000 year history and culture, boasts the fastest-growing economy in the world and is widely regarded as potentially the biggest global market in the twenty-first century.

This major in Chinese (Mandarin) is for students who have an education background in the Chinese language. It provides a course of study which allows students to specialise in Chinese language and culture.

Students without a background in characters should enrol in the major Chinese (Mandarin) for Non-Chinese Background Students and should consult the appropriate Subject Coordinator of Chinese if they are uncertain of their status.

Major Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students major students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of Mandarin language and grammar from the comparative linguistic perspective;
  2. Effectively communicate in a wide range of genres in Mandarin, including academic essay writing at undergraduate level;
  3. Comprehend Classical Chinese texts with the assistance of annotations;
  4. Critically analyse and evaluate Chinese heritage, modern Chinese history and contemporary China;
  5. Effectively translate texts from English into Chinese. 

Subjects Required Major Study

A major in Chinese (Mandarin) for students with a background in Chinese characters consists of at least  54 credit points as outlined below.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
ELL 110Language in Social Life6
MAND161Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students (CBS) 16
MAND162Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students (CBS) 26
MAND271Intermediate Chinese 1 for Character Background Students (CBS)6
MAND272Intermedite Chinese 2 for Character Background Students (CBS)6
MAND371Advanced Chinese 1 for Character Background Students (CBS)6
MAND372Advanced Chinese 2 for Character Background Students (CBS)6
LANG 370The Language Advantage (Capstone)6
Plus a 300-level 6 credit point subject with appropriate content as approved by the Languages and Linguistics Discipline Leader.

Subjects Required for Minor Study

A minor study in Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background Students is available.

Diploma in Languages

Students who wish to undertake a Diploma concurrently with their Bachelors Degree course should refer to the Diploma in Languages for further information. The Diploma in Languages course is only available to Australian residents.


See Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 21 December, 2017