Archive - Previous courses - Courses 2008-2009

Language courses:

Beginners' Chinese 1 (5cr)
Beginners' Chinese 2 (5cr)
Chinese Grammar (10 cr)
Media Chinese (5cr)
Chinese Language Club NEW

Other courses:

Essential History of China (5cr)
History of China's Ancient Capitals (5cr)
China's Politics and Security (5cr)
China's Contemporary Foreign Relations (5cr)
Historical Geography of China (5cr)
Structures of Chinese Economy and Society (5cr)
History of China's Diplomacy (5cr)
Chinese Calligraphy, Autumn semester (2cr)
Chinese Calligraphy, Spring semester (3cr)

 

BEGINNERS' CHINESE 1 初级汉语 (XAL110, 5 cr)

Mon & Wed 16-18
Sept. 22–Dec.10 Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor

Teacher: Ms. Cen Yuzhen, Visiting Professor in Chinese Language

Textbook: Xin shiyong hanyu keben (New Practical Chinese Reader), vol. 1

Description:
No preliminary knowledge in Chinese is required. Pronunciation and Chinese characters are taught in this course forming the base for students’ listening, reading, speaking and writing abilities. Students learn basic Chinese vocabulary and simple sentence structures. Texts introduce daily life customs and culture in China.

Beginners’ Chinese 1 corresponds to the first term of the Chinese 1 course (Ait122A) in East Asian Studies requirements.


BEGINNERS’ CHINESE 2 (XAL110, 5 cr)

Mon 16-18, Unioninkatu 38, B107
Wed 16-18 Unioninkatu 38, F205
Jan. 14 – April 29, 2009

Teacher: Ms. Cen Yuzhen, Visiting Professor in Chinese Languag

Textbook: Xin shiyong hanyu keben (New Practical Chinese Reader), vol.1

Description:
Preliminary knowledge in Chinese is required. This course is designed to promote students’ listening, reading, speaking and writing abilities. Students will increase their Chinese vocabulary and learn some complex sentence structures. They will also learn the custom and the culture in China.

Beginners’ Chinese 2 corresponds to the second term of the Chinese 1 course (Ait122A) in East Asian Studies requirements.


CHINESE GRAMMAR
汉语语法(XAL130, 10 cr)

Tue & Fri 10-12 Sept. 19 –Dec. 12 and Jan. 13 – April 28
Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor

Teacher: Ms. Cen Yuzhen, Visiting Professor in Chinese Language

Textbook: to be announced in the beginning of the course

Description:
The course analyses the Chinese grammar systematically helping the students develop an awareness of the whole Chinese language system. Classes focus on enabling students to express themselves functionally in different contexts. Practical situational texts at the same time deepen their awareness of Chinese culture and society.

The course is meant for students in East Asian studies or others who already have completed 20 credits in Chinese language or who otherwise possess corresponding level in Chinese. The course corresponds to Ait312A in East Asian Studies requirements.


MEDIA CHINESE 报刊汉语 (XAL130, 5 cr)

Mon 10-12 Sept. 22 –Dec. 8 and Jan. 19 – April 27
Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor

Teacher: Ms. Cen Yuzhen, Visiting Professor in Chinese Languag

Learning material: audiovisual material, newspaper articles

Description:
With the help of articles in Chinese newspapers and magazines, as well as news broadcasts, the course analyses the features of Chinese journalism. It improves the students’ ability to read and comprehend Chinese and deepens their understanding of Chinese culture and society.

This course is ideal for students who are already on advanced level of Chinese (about HSK level 6 or similar), as it helps them to maintain and develop their language skills. Also participants from outside the university are welcome.


CHINESE LANGUAGE CLUB
(汉语俱乐部)

Tue 16-18, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor (Beginner level)
Thu 16-18, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor (Intermediate level)
April 16th-June 4th, 2009

Please note : No Language Club classes on weeks 20 and 21 (11.5-24.5)

Teacher: Ms. Li Yuanzheng, Vice Director of the Confucius Institute

Description:
A weekly Chinese Language Club will be arranged for students and others who are interested in practicing their conversational skills. The language club also offers an opportunity to practice your pronunciation and writing skills. See you at the Chinese Language Club!


ESSENTIAL HISTORY OF CHINA 简明中国历史 (XAS130)

Thursday 16.15-18.30
30 October-11 December 2008, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor

Instructor: Dr. Liu Xinguang, Visiting lecturer in Chinese History

Description:
According to the documentary record of ancient writings, China has 5,000 years of civilization. What makes the Chinese civilization unique in world history is its continuity. Another unique feature is the diversity: China contains a wide range of ethnic, linguistic and regional differences within its borders. The course focuses on selected historical themes highlighting Chinese history. Dr. Liu will even summarize some topics with no consensus among Chinese historians.

The language of instruction is English. The course is open to all interested. Course requirements (5 credits) for students at the University of Helsinki include: active participation in the lectures, a final exam, and a presentation / an essay on a topic agreed with the instructor.


HISTORY OF CHINA'S ANCIENT CAPITALS 中国的古都 ( XAS310A, 5 cr)

Tue 14-16, Sept.2-Dec. 9, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor

Teacher: Dr. Liu Xinguang, Visiting Lecturer in Chinese History

Description:
Besides Beijing there are more than 200 historical capitals when we trace back about 5,000 years of Chinese history. This course will concentrate on the history of Eight Ancient Capitals of China: Chang'an (Xian), Nanjing, Luoyang, Beijing, Kaifeng, Hangzhou, Anyang and Zhengzhou. The concept of Eight Ancient Capitals of China was officially launched in 2004. The history of Shanghai will also be discussed if time permits. Cartography, videos, and other visual materials will be used in the course.

The language of instruction is English. The course is open to all interested. Course requirements (5 credits) for students at the University of Helsinki include: participation in the lectures, final exam, and giving a presentation or writing an essay on a topic agreed with the instructor.


CHINA'S POLITICS AND SECURITY (XAS140, 5 cr)

Tue 16-18, October 28-Dec. 9, Renvall Institute, Unioninkatu 38 A109

Teacher: Dr. Simon Cui, Visiting Lecturer in China´s International Relations

Description:
The course on China's Politics and Security will mainly focus on the basic political situation of Chinese society. It will help students better understand China's latest development especially in political and security sectors.

The language of instruction is English. The course is open to all interested. Course requirements (5 credits) for students at the University of Helsinki include: participation in the lectures, final exam, and giving a presentation or writing an essay on a topic agreed with the instructor.


CHINA'S CONTEMPORARY FOREIGN RELATIONS (XAS240, 5 cr)

Fri 14-16, October 17- Dec.12, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor

Teacher: Dr. Simon Cui, Visiting Lecturer in China´s International Relations

Description:
The course will concentrate on China foreign policy strategy and diplomacy, including the dynamic changes in China´s foreign relations with major international powers such as EU, U.S.A, Japan and Russia. Reasons behind changing foreign policies will be explored.

The language of instruction is English. The course is open to all interested. Course requirements (5 credits) for students at the University of Helsinki include: participation in the lectures, final exam, and giving a presentation or writing an essay on a topic agreed with the instructor.


HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF CHINA 中国历史地理 (XAS220, 5 cr)

Mon 16-18, , Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor
Wed 16-18, Confucius InstituteUnioninkatu 33, 3rd floor
Jan.14-Feb. 25, 2009

Teacher: Dr. Liu Xinguang, Visiting lecturer in Chinese History

Description:
The course explores the evolution of natural and human environment including climate, rivers, lakes, cities, roads, borders and domains. The relation between elements of nature and culture is analysed. The course provides students with a geographical perspective of the historical development in China. Cartography, videos, and other visual materials will be employed in the course.

The language of instruction is English. The course is open to all interested. Course requirements (5 credits) for students at the University of Helsinki include: participation in the lectures, final exam, and giving a presentation or writing an essay on a topic agreed with the instructor.


STRUCTURES OF CHINESE ECONOMY AND SOCIETY (XAS250,5 cr)

Tue 16-18, Jan 13- April 28, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor

Teacher: Dr. Simon Cui, Visiting Lecturer in China´s International Relations

Description:
This course will introduce some unique features about Chinese society helping to understand the economic development and its impact on the structural change of society.

The language of instruction is English. The course is open to all interested. Course requirements (5 credits) for students at the University of Helsinki include: participation in the lectures, final exam, and giving a presentation or writing an essay on a topic agreed with the instructor.


HISTORY OF CHINA'S DIPLOMACY (XAS310A, 5 cr)

Fri 14-16, Jan 16- April 24, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor

Teacher: Dr. Simon Cui, Visiting Lecturer in China´s International Relations

Description:
This course approaches Chinese diplomacy from a historical perspective. Observing the evolution of China’s diplomacy from Mao Zedong´s era to that of Deng Xiaoping, students learn the changes in China´s foreign policy strategy which will help them better understand today’s China.

The language of instruction is English. The course is open to all interested. Course requirements (5 credits) for students at the University of Helsinki include: participation in the lectures, final exam, and giving a presentation or writing an essay on a topic agreed with the instructor.


CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY - Autumn semester ( XAS230, 2 cr)

Wednesday 12:15-13:45
29 October - 3 December, 2008, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor

Teacher: Mr. Wang Liuhuo

Description:
Practised for over 3,000 years, Chinese calligraphy is the most revered art form in China. The course will introduce Chinese calligraphy styles, characters, history and materials, teach calligraphy skills and technique, and also teach how one can use calligraphy. Instruction will be in English, Finnish and Chinese. The teacher will provide the materials, but there will be a small material fee for the students. In order to get 2 credits for the course, students must write a 3-4 pages long essay. The topic of the essay should be agreed upon with the teacher. Students should use background material while preparing the essay, for example Fazzioli, Chinese calligraphy from pictograph to ideogram: the history of 214 essential Chinese/Japanese characters; Long, The art of Chinese calligraphy; Chen, Chinese calligraphy; Lindqvist, Merkkien valtakunta: kertomus kiinalaisista ja heidän kirjainmerkeistään


CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY - Spring semester
( XAS230, 3 cr)

11 March -29 April, 2009
Wednesday 12:15-14:30
Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor

Teacher: Mr. Wang Liuhuo

Practised for over 3,000 years, Chinese calligraphy is the most revered art form in China. The course will introduce Chinese calligraphy styles, characters, history and materials, teach calligraphy skills and technique, and also teach how one can use calligraphy. Instruction will be in English, Finnish and Chinese. The teacher will provide the materials, but there will be a small material fee for the students. In order to get 3 credits for the course, students must write a 7 pages long essay. The topic of the essay should be agreed upon with the teacher. Students should use background material while preparing the essay, for example Qu Leilei, The Simple Art of Chinese Calligraphy; Fazzioli, Chinese calligraphy from pictograph to ideogram: the history of 214 essential Chinese/Japanese characters; Long, The art of Chinese calligraphy; Chen, Chinese calligraphy; Lindqvist, Merkkien valtakunta: kertomus kiinalaisista ja heidän kirjainmerkeistään

This course is mainly targeted to those students who have learned the basics of calligraphy with Mr. Wang during the last term. But new students are also welcome to join the class.