Academics

Mandarin Chinese (MAN) Course Descriptions

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MAN 101 Mandarin Chinese 1. 4 cr.
Introduction to the Mandarin Chinese language. Students will develop basic conversational skills and proficiency in reading and writing about 250 Chinese characters. The relationship between language and culture will be stressed throughout.
MAN 102 Mandarin Chinese 2. 4 cr.
A continuation of MAN 101. Prereq: MAN 101 (grade of C or better), or by placement.
MAN 201 Mandarin Chinese 3. 4 cr.
A continuation of Mandarin 102. Students will continue to develop basic conversational skills and proficiency in reading and writing about 550 Chinese characters. The relationship between language and culture will be stressed throughout. Prereq: MAN 102 (grade of C or better), or by placement.
MAN 202 Mandarin Chinese 4. 4 cr.
A continuation of Mandarin 201. Prereq: MAN 201 (grade of C or better), or by placement.
MAN 301 Mandarin Chinese 5. 4 cr.
A continuation of Mandarin 202. Students will start to develop more complex conversational skills with greater exposure to authentic Chinese materials of both spoken and written varieties, as well as somewhat lengthier listening and reading materials. Prereq: MAN 202 (grade of C or better), or by placement.
MAN 302 Mandarin Chinese 6. 4 cr.
A continuation of Mandarin 301. Prereq: MAN 301 (grade of C or better), or by placement.
MAN 312 Introduction to Chinese Culture. 3 cr.
Through the examination and discussion of Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist and modern texts, students will come to understand some enduring themes in Chinese culture, and examine the ways those beliefs are reflected in modern Chinese society. Students will also consider the implications this has for Christian outreach in China. Readings will be primarily in English with frequent reference to Chinese. Discussion will be primarily in English. Prereq: Permission of the instructor.
MAN 370 Selected Topics in Chinese Literature and Film 3 cr.
Students will read selected works by important Chinese writers. They will acquire an understanding of modern Chinese culture by directly exploring the complex thoughts of Chinese writers. Films will be used to provide a visual dimension and a comparative study to narratives. Prereq: Instructor approval.
MAN 371 Modern Chinese Media 1: Television. 3 cr.
Students will study samples of television media, including news casts and talk shows, with the goal of improving their proficiency in speaking and comprehending Mandarin Chinese. Prereq: MAN 302 (grade of C or better) or by placement.
MAN 372 Modern Chinese Media 2: Newspapers and Blogs. 3 cr.
Students will study various forms of modern Chinese texts with the goal of improving their proficiency in speaking, reading and writing Chinese. Texts will be primarily samples taken from print newspapers, but will also include some exposure to modern Chinese web forms such as blogs and chat groups. Prereq: MAN 302 (grade of C or better) or by placement.
MAN 375 Chinese Grammar, Phonetics and Phonology. 3 cr.
Students will be introduced to the basics of Chinese grammar, phonetics and phonology, as well as touch on some broader issues in Chinese language, such as the nature of Chinese characters and modern Chinese dialects. Readings will be primarily in English, with frequent reference to and focused practice of Mandarin Chinese. Class discussion will be primarily in English. Prereq: MAN 202 (grade of C or better), or by permission of the instructor.
MAN 402 Seminars on Selected Topics. 3 cr.
For students who have completed the necessary work to attain and advanced level of Chinese, especially those who have studied abroad in China. Special focus on a major topic, figure, movement or era in China, or a specialized use of Chinese (e.g. business Chinese, biblical Chinese). May be repeated with a change of title. Prereq: MAN 302 (grade of C or better), or by placement.
MAN 490 China Studies Internship. 1-3 cr.
By arrangement with department and internship coordinator.
MAN 199-499 Independent Study. 1-3 cr.
By arrangement with department.