Archive - Previous courses - Courses 2010-2011

Language courses:

Chinese Language Club
Beginners' Chinese 1 (5cr)
Beginners' Chinese 2 (5cr)
Beginners' Chinese 3 (5cr)
Chinese Grammar and Characters (3cr)
Chinese Short Story Reading (5cr)
Elementary Chinese Listening and Speaking (5cr)
Intermediate Chinese Listening and Speaking (5cr)
HSK preparation course

Other courses:

Chinese Mythology (5cr)
History of Ancient Chinese Philosophy (5cr)
Chinese Cultural Anthropology (5cr)
Contemporary Media in China (5cr)
Special Topics in Chinese Media (5cr)
Journalism Theories in China (5cr)
History of Chinese Media before 1949 (5cr) CANCELLED
Chinese Painting (3cr)

CHINESE LANGUAGE CLUB

Elementary Chinese Group
Mon 16-18, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor
9.5-30.5.2011, Teacher: Ms. Cen Yuzhen, Visiting professor of the Confucius Institute
Requirement: At least 0.5 year studies in Chinese

Intermediate Chinese Group
Wed 16-18, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor
115.-1.6.2011, 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!
No advance registration required! (There will be no credits given from the Language club)


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

Mon & Wed 16-18, Porthania P722, Yliopistonkatu 3
Sept. 8–Dec.15, 2010

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

Textbook: Ni hao 1你好1 (Unpublished textbook by Cen Yuzhen and Gao Mingming)

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
初级汉语2 (XAL110, 5 cr)

Mon & Wed 16-18, Porthania P722
Jan. 17– May 4, 2011

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

Textbook: Ni hao 2 你好2 (Unpublished textbook by Cen Yuzhen and Gao Mingming)

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 customs and culture in China. This course requires students to have a command of some 150 words and basic sentence patterns.

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


BEGINNERS’ CHINESE 3 初级汉语3 (XAL110, 5 cr)

Tue 16-18, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor
Sept. 7–Dec.14, 2010 and Jan 18-May 3, 2011

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

Textbook: 新实用汉语课本 第2 册 (New Practical Chinese Reader vol. 2)

Description:
This course is designed to further develop students’ listening, reading, speaking and writing abilities. Students will increase their Chinese vocabulary and learn some complex sentence structures. At the same time the students will also learn about the customs and culture in China. This course requires students to have a command of some 400-500 words and basic sentence patterns.


CHINESE GRAMMAR AND CHARACTERS (3 cr)

Fri 10-12, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor
Jan. 21-May 6, 2011

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

Description:
The idea of this course is to help students develop an awareness of the Chinese language system by analyzing the Chinese grammar systematically, and  by doing reading and writing exercises. 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.


CHINESE SHORT STORY READING 汉语短小说阅读 (XAL130, 5 cr)

Mon 10-12, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor
Sept. 6 –Dec. 13, 2010 and Jan. 17 – May 2, 2011

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

Description:
This course is meant for students who have a command of vocabulary in the Chinese language and who already passed HSK Level IV (equivalent to Intermediate and Advanced level before the NEW HSK). This course will be conducted by readings of short stories and problem-based discussions in class. The course is designed to offer the students more exposure to reading materials on the intermediate level. New words and expressions will be acquired in an interesting and efficient way. Students will gain a better understanding of what the author tries to convey. Through discussions in class, the students will be better equipped with information on contemporary China. Their ability to express themselves in Chinese will improve. Students are required to read the stories on their own before each class.


ELEMENTARY CHINESE LISTENING AND SPEAKING  初级汉语听说教程(XAL130, 5 cr)

Mon. 16-18, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor
Sept.13-Dec.13, 2010 and Jan.17-May 2, 2011

Teacher: Ms. Li Yuanzheng Deputy Director & Visiting Professor

Textbook:  初级汉语听说教程   Peking University Press 胡晓青 主编

Description:
This course is designed for those with limited knowledge of Chinese but with an interest in listening and speaking Chinese and conversing with Chinese people about their life, work or business. This course mainly focuses on helping the learners to understand the Chinese speakers by offering some listening skills - such as how to identify key words or phrases, how to figure out what the speaker try to convey based on the tone of the speakers, and how to follow the way that native speakers express themselves. Also some of the speaking skills will be very much talked about in this course, including small talk and proper communication with Chinese people in terms of greetings, amenities, civilities, asking the way, seeing doctors, handling affairs in a bank, entertaining friends, enquiry making, complaints and apology making and etc. This course also can cater to those who want to improve their pronunciation as well as their ability to write the Chinese characters.


INTERMEDIATE CHINESE LISTENING AND SPEAKING  中级汉语听说教程  (XAL130, 5 cr)

Wed 16-18, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor
Sept.15-Dec.15, 2010 and Jan.19-May 4, 2011

Teacher: Ms. Li Yuanzheng Deputy Director & Visiting Professor

Textbook: 中级汉语听说教程   Peking University Press 胡晓青 主编

Description:
This course is designed for those who want to continue practicing their skills in listening and speaking Chinese and also can cater to those who would like to take HSK test. In this course intensive and extensive listening will be integrated and listening skills concerning how to focus on those notional words and how to guess what a speaker tries to convey according to the tone of the speaker or from the context will be more emphasized. As for speaking skills this course will deal with how to digest those words expressing speaker’s mood, how to use a few interjections expressing approval or encouragement, surprise, excitement, while greetings, parting or talking. And also a rhetorical question, parentheses, compliments will be more exposed to learners and learners are expected to be familiar with fixed phrases, conventional expressions, accepted patterns. This course requires learners to have completed Beginner' Chinese III or to have studied one year's Chinese in China or to have a command of 1000 Chinese words or certain amount of grammar.


HSK PREPARATION COURSE

Thu 16-20, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor
Sep. 23-Oct 7, 2010

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

Description:
This course is meant for students who plan to take HSK test in October 16, 2010. The training is organized according to the different test levels. During the two hours reserved for each test level, basic structure and requirements of the test will be introduced. For more information, contact prof. Cen Yuzhen.

Level 1: Sep. 23, 2010, 18-20
Level 2: Sep. 23, 2010, 16-18
Level 3: Sep. 30, 2010, 16-18
Level4: Sep. 30, 2010, 18-20
Level 5: Oct. 7, 2010, 16-18
Level 6: Oct. 7,2010, 18-20


CHINESE MYTHOLOGY (XAS310A, 5 cr)

Tue & Thu 18-20, Unioninkatu 38, A132
Sept.7- Oct.23, 2010

Teacher: Ms. Zhu Haiping, Visiting lecturer in Chinese Philosophy

Description:
Mythology is a cultural property of a nation. The thoughts and beliefs of ancient Chinese are embodied in Chinese myths. This course will introduce the fascinating world of Chinese myths including myths of creation, heroes, underworld, nature, geography, allegory, and even myths of the origin of words. Many of these myths persist in several versions among China’s different ethnic groups. The course also makes some comparisons with Asian and European mythological motifs. Requirements: active participation in lectures, a final exam and an essay.


HISTORY OF ANCIENT CHINESE PHILOSOPHY (XAS250,5cr)

Tue & Thu 14-16, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor
Nov.2- Dec. 17, 2010

Teacher: Ms. Zhu Haiping, Visiting lecturer in Chinese Philosophy

Description:
The course gives a brief and systematic account of the development of ancient Chinese philosophy over a period of one thousand years (13th—3th century B.C) which is the foundation of the following Chinese philosophy. Through the survey of the continuous development of Chinese philosophy, the prominent philosophers’ thoughts and their achievements are revealed and expounded, such as Confucius, Mo Ti, Lao Tzu, Hanfei, etc, whose thoughts are the foundation of the Chinese peoples’ belief and principles for the conduct of life, spreading their influence so far. The course also gives a brief comparative analysis of Chinese and Western philosophies. Requirement: participation in lectures, and a 7or 8 –page essay.


CHINESE CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (XAS220,XAS230,XAS310A, 5cr)

Tue & Thu 14-16 Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor
Jan. 18- Mar. 3, 2011

Teacher: Ms. Zhu Haiping, Visiting lecturer in Chinese Philosophy

Description:
The Chinese culture is typical of integrated pluralism, and also only one that has lasted thousands years without suspension. The course explores the Chinese cultural patterns and traits through the presentation of the spiritual, behavioral and material cultures that typify the fundamental features of the Chinese culture. Topics covered include origin and development of the main ethnic groups in China, Chinese economic types, philosophy and religion, language, family types, forms of birth, marriage and funeral, and typical customs. Requirements: participation in lecture, presentation in class and an essay.


CONTEMPORARY MEDIA IN CHINA (XAS230, 5cr)

Tue & Thu 14-16, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor
Sept.7-Oct. 21, 2010

Teacher: Dr. Zhou Jun, Visiting Lectures in Chinese Media

Description:
The course will make a general introduction to the contemporary media in China. At the beginning, it will offer the brief history of modern media in China, which can help students to understand the today’s Chinese media. Then the outline of the contemporary Chinese media will be presented from many angles, including newspapers, magazines, broadcasting, news agencies, and news websites in Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Marco. Furthermore, the course will focus on the analysis of administration and structure of media in Mainland China. The purpose of the course is to help students learn and understand the development and the future of Chinese media.


SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHINESE MEDIA
(XAS250, 5cr)

Tue 16-18, Unioninkatu 38 A206
Thu 16-18, Unioninkatu 38 A132
Nov.2- Dec.16, 2010

Teacher: Dr. Zhou Jun, Visiting Lectures in Chinese Media

Description:
By means of analyzing the big events in Chinese media, the course will provide a picture of a transforming and developing media in China. Based on the background of social transformation, market competition, modernity, globalization, new media and media convergence in China, it will discuss some special topics on opening, globalization, finding and telling truth, public sphere, civilization, civil rights, journalistic professionalism, with the analysis of the big events covered by Chinese media, such as new millennium celebration, SARS, Beijing Olympics 2008, Wenchuan Earthquake, Shanghai Expo 2010, and so on.


JOURNALISM THEORIES IN CHINA (XAS250, 5cr)

Tue & Thu 12-14 Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor
Jan.18- Mar.3, 2011

Teacher: Dr. Zhou Jun, Visiting Lecturer in Chinese Media

Description:
The course will outline the contemporary journalism theories in China, including the traditional journalism theories based on the Marxism with Chinese Characteristics, and modern journalism theories in a worldwide view of professional journalism. It will stress the analysis of the modern journalism theories helping to understand the real condition and changes in present media, the rules and the ethical codes on Chinese journalism, the practices of Chinese journalists, and so on. With the traditional journalism theories, students can understand the status quo of Chinese media and with the modern journalism theories, they may foresee the future of Chinese media.

Requirements: Your final credit depends on your attendance percentage (more than 50%), and one of your following materials: teamwork presentation, or lecture diary, or essay with 7-8 pages. There will be no formal exam.


HISTORY OF CHINESE MEDIA BEFORE 1949 (XAS230 or XAS250, 5cr)

Mon & Wed 16-18 (venue will be announced later)
Mar.14- May 4, 2011

Teacher: Dr. Zhou Jun, Visiting Lecturer in Chinese Media

Description:
With the viewpoints of human communication development process, the course will outline the media development in China before 1949, including the ancient period, late Qing Dynasty period, and the Republic of China period. It will make a special analysis on the Chinese media during the 1930s, which was not only the start of professional journalism, but also a period when Chinese media could keep up with the development of the western media. From the historical and communication development in China before 1949, students can learn comprehensive media in China.

Teaching Language: Chinese (Students need to be able to read and listen Chinese)

Requirements: Your final credit depends on your attendance percentage (more than 50%), and one of your following materials (in English or Chinese): teamwork presentation, or lecture diary, or essay with 7-8 pages. There will be no formal exam.


CHINESE PAINTING (XAS230, 3cr)

Wednesday 12:15-14:30
16 March -4 May 2011, Confucius Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor

Teacher: Mr. Wang Liuhuo

Description:
The course offers an introduction to the 3,000 years old tradition of Chinese painting. During the course students learn the history and philosophy of Chinese painting. The method of learning is watching and doing yourself. The course introduces gongbi and xieyi (free-hand) techniques, with different styles such as the bird-and-flower painting and landscape painting. 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/coordinator of CI. Students should use background material while preparing the essay.