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Trinity University offers the following courses in Chinese language, literature, philosophy, religion, art and history:
 

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Modern Languages & Literatures

 
  • CHIN 1401/1402 First-Year Chinese I and II. Modern standard Chinese (Mandarin).
  • CHIN 2311 Chinese Civilization.  A topical approach to the study of traditional Chinese thought systems, with readings drawn mainly from original sources in translation. (This course is taught in English.)
  • CHIN 2401/2402 Second-Year Chinese I and II.  Modern standard Chinese (Mandarin).
  • CHIN 3301/3302 Third-Year Chinese I and II. Continued study of Chinese grammar and colloquial speech patterns.
  • CHIN 3312 Chinese Cinema: A Historical and Cultural Perspective. A study of Chinese culture and socio-political changes in the modern history of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong through viewing, discussing, and analyzing contemporary films. (Course taught in English.)
  • CHIN 3313 Cities of Strangers: Trans-cultural Chinese Cinema. A cinema course with a focus on genres contributing to the popular imagination about cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Taipei. Examples will be drawn from martial arts films, gangster films, ghost stories, and "exile" films. Major theoretical concerns are cultural stereotyping, politics of representation, and the appropriation of gender discourses. Course taught in English.
  • CHIN 3320 The Rise of Modern China. Studies of modern Chinese history since 1800, with emphasis on the processes of modernization, the major phases of the Chinese revolution from the experience with Western imperialism through the Republican period and the emergence of the People's Republic of China. Class methods emphasize reading primary sources in translation and research and writing. Course taught in English. (Also listed as HIST 3320.) Prerequisite: HIST 1320 or consent of instructor.
  • CHIN 3328 The Philosophies of China. A study of the three major indigenous philosophical movements in China: Confuciahnism, Taoism, and neo-Confucianism. Special attention will be paid to themes and problems common to all three movements, including: the metaphysics of harmony and conflict, the individual and society, the cultivation of human virtues and human perfectibility, and humankind's relation to nature. Course taught in English (Also listed as PHIL 3328). Prerequisite: PHIL 1301.
  • CHIN 3330 Global Business Culture. This course provides students with a critical and comprehensive understanding of culture-related theories and how they are applied in practice from the perspective of international managers. Emphasis is on the business culture in China in comparison to that in other countries, particularly to that in the United States. Course taught in English. Prerequisites: Junior standing and 6 hours of Chinese or 6 hours of Business Administration or consent of instructor.
  • CHIN 3333 Chinese Religions. A study of the indigenous religious traditions of China in cultural and historical perspective, including Religious Taoism, Confucianism, and Yin-Yang cosmology. Topics for discussion will include cosmology, ritual and myth, religious self-cultivation, and the interaction between humankind and the sacred. Course taught in English. (Also listed as RELI 3333.) Prerequisite: RELI 1330 or consent of instructor.
  • CHIN 4301/4302 Fourth-Year Chinese I and II. An advanced course in Chinese conversation and composition using a variety of media such as radio and television, plays, movies, short stories, and newspapers.
  • CHIN 4310 Advanced Conversation and Composition. An advanced course in Chinese conversation and composition using a variety of Internet media. Prerequisite: CHIN 3302 or the equivalent.
  • CHIN 4321 Readings in Modern Chinese Literature. A study of selected works of modern Chinese literature. May be taken more than once, provided topics vary. Prerequisite: CHIN 3302 or the equivalent.
  • CHIN 4322 Readings in Contemporary Chinese Cinema. This course provides a focused study of ten well-known films produced within recent decades by filmmakers from Mainland China and Taiwan. The films explore both urban and rural life, covering a wide range of topics such as education, family, revolution, modernization, and gender. Students will discuss, in both written and spoken Chinese, a variety of social topics central to studies of China. They will also complete an independent project and learn to appreciate films as historical and artistic constructs. Prerequisite: CHIN 3302 or the equivalent, or permission of instructor.
  • CHIN 4351 Classical Chinese. A study of classical Chinese grammar with selected readings from classical Chinese literature.
  • CHIN 4360 Senior Seminar. An in-depth study of selected themes or authors in modern or contemporary Chinese literature and culture. Prerequisite: Senior status.
  • CHIN 4-90 Reading and Conference. Individual work under faculty supervision not covered by other courses.
  • CHIN 4-91 Selected Topics. Special study in fields not covered by other courses.
  • CHIN 4-97 Internship. Supervised activities in Chinese appropriate to the students' abilities and interest. Pass/Fail.
   
   
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INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

  • INTL 3114 Zhongguo Gudai Sixiang (Classical Chinese Thought). A study of traditional Chinese thought as manifested in the language of selected classical texts of history, philosophy, poetry and religion. (This course is taught in English.)
  • INTL 4130 Quanqiu Shangwu Wenhua--Zhong-Mei Jiaodian (Global Business Culture). A companion course to CHIN 3330 which examines the diverse business culture in China in comparison to that in other countries, particularly in the United States. This course must be taken concurrently with CHIN 3330 and will be taught entirely in Chinese. Students must have the ability to write and converse in Chinese. Prerequisited: Senior standing, CHIN 3302 or the equivalent, and consent of instructor. Corequisite: CHIN 3330.
 

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Art HISTORY, Religion, and Philosophy

  • PHIL 3328 The Philosophies of China. A study of the three major indigenous philosophical movements in China: Confucianism, Taoism, and Neo-Confucianism. Special attention will be paid to themes and problems common to all three movements, including: the metaphysics of harmony and conflict, the individual and society, the cultivation of human virtues and human perfectibility, and humankind's relation to nature.
  • RELI 3333 Chinese Religions. A study of the indigenous religious traditions of China in cultural and historical perspective, including Religious Taoism, Confucianism, and Yin-Yang cosmology. Topics for discussion will include cosmology, ritual and myth, religious self-cultivation, and the interaction between humankind and the sacred.
  • ARTH 1310 Introduction to Asian Art: China. The origins and development of art and architecture in China set within the religious, political and social context.
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History

  • HIST 1320 History of China. China from the bronze age through the communist revolution, with special emphasis on institutions, social and family life, philosophy and religion, and the effects of revolution and modernization. Survey readings supplemented by primary sources and a research component.
  • HIST 3320 The Rise of Modern China. Studies of modern Chinese history since 1800, with emphasis on the processes of modernization, the major phases of the Chinese revolution from the experience with Western imperialism through the Republican period and the emergence of the People's Republic of China. Class methods emphasize reading primary sources in translation and research and writing. Prerequisite: HIST 1371 [History of China] or consent of the instructor.

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