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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Chinese Culture and Society
Module Code ZH191
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Lijie Shao
Semester 2: Lijie Shao
Autumn: Lijie Shao
Module TeachersQi Zhang
Lijie Shao
Mengdi Wang
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to various aspects of Chinese history and culture. It also seeks to describe and analyse essential aspects of Chinese history and contemporary Chinese society with reference to core cultural values, e.g. Confucianism and Taoism. Through the participation in classroom seminars, students will develop their intercultural awareness of the differences between Chinese and Irish society, and gain a deeper understanding of some of the prevailing political and societal issues in China.

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse essential phenomena of Chinese history and contemporary Chinese society with reference to core culture values.
2. Identify important developments in Chinese history and society.
3. Evaluate the main cultural differences that exist between Ireland and China.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the Chinese geography and ethnicity.
5. Demonstrate familiarity with important issues in China, such as the status of the Special Administrative Regions, and cross-strait relations.
6. Research and express their views on China-related topics.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22Synchronous timetabled classroom
Independent Study78Study of language and reading prescribed text and assignment work
Assignment Completion25Presentation (15 hours); Reflective Journal (10 hours)
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content
The historical development of Chinese culture, traditional arts and folk customs. The status of cultural values in contemporary Chinese society and life.

Learning Activities
Audio/visual materials will be used to support the study of Chinese culture and society. Classroom seminars focus on the themes introduced by lecturers to deepen the understanding of Chinese culture and society.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PresentationGroup presentation (10 minutes)50%n/a
Written ExamTwo reflective journal entries (500 words each)50%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • The Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council: 2007, Common Knowledge about Chinese Culture, Higher Education Press, Beijing,
  • Lang Ye, Liangzhi Zhu: 2008, Insights into Chinese Culture, Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, Beijing,
  • The Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council: 2007, Common Knowledge about Chinese History, Higher Education Press, Beijing,
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Date of Last Revision13-FEB-12

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