Course

CHI 101†† Beginning Chinese I

Professor

Li-Hua Ying

CRN

95096

 

Schedule

Tu Wed Th Fr†††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1:25 -2:25 pm††††††††††††††††††† OLINLC 206

Distribution

OLD: B/D

NEW: FOREIGN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE & CULTURE

For students with little or no previous knowledge of Chinese.An introduction to modern (Mandarin) Chinese through an intensive drill of its oral and written forms.Emphasis on speaking and basic grammar as well as the formation of the characters.Audio and video materials will be incorporated into the curriculum to expose the class to Chinese daily life and culture.†† Daily active participation, frequent use of the language lab and one hour per week tutorial with the Chinese tutor are expected.Divisible.

 

Course

CHI 201†† Intermediate Chinese I

Professor

Li-Hua Ying

CRN

95097

 

Schedule

Tu Th††††††††† 2:30 -3:50 pm†††††† OLINLC 206

Distribution

OLD: D

NEW: FOREIGN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE & CULTURE

This course is for students who have taken one year of basic Chinese, and who want to expand reading and speaking capacity and to enrich cultural experiences. We will use audio and video materials, emphasize communicative activities and language games, and stress the learning of both receptive and productive skills. In addition to the central language textbook, other texts will be selected from newspapers, journals, and fictional works. Conducted in Chinese.

 

Course

CHI 301†† Advanced Chinese

Professor

Jian Xu

CRN

95098

 

Schedule

Tu Th††††††††† 2:30 -3:50 pm†††††† OLIN 303

Distribution

OLD: B/D

NEW: FOREIGN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE & CULTURE

This course is for students who have taken at least two years of basic Chinese at Bard or elsewhere, and who want to expand their reading and speaking capacity and to enrich their cultural experiences. Texts will be selected from newspapers, journals, and fictional works.

 

Course

CHI 316†† Archaeology and Ancient Chinese Art

Professor

Jian Xu

CRN

95099

 

Schedule

Wed†††††††††††† 1:30 -3:50 pmLIBRARY 202

Distribution

OLD: D

NEW: FOREIGN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE & CULTURE / RETHINKING DIFFERENCE

Cross listed:Asian Studies, Art History, Anthropology, Classical Studies

This course focuses on how archeological finds of the past century in China, including mausoleums, wall-paintings, mortuary objects in bronze, pottery, and jade, and architecture, have transformed our understanding of ancient Chinese art. We will explore the process and politics of archeological work during the Republican period and the Peopleís Republic of China.In our examination of ancient art, we will not only study court and literati art forms, but also the evidence for daily life and cultural practices, including signs of contact with other ancient civilizations.Particular attention will be paid to the period from the Neolithic to the Han, during which the ancient Chinese civilization was formed. Through the close study of well-documented archaeological sites, such as Anyang, the First Emperorís Tomb, the Mawangdui Tombs, and Sanxingdui, this course investigates how ritual art objects such as jades and bronzes were made and used. We will also consider the development of systematic ideas about afterlife, ancestor worship, state rites, shamanist rituals, and immortality cults.The art and material culture examined in this seminar form a backdrop to understanding the circumstances under which major systems of thought such as Confucianism and Daoism were established. Writings from archaeological, anthropological, art historical, philosophical, and ritual perspectives are introduced to help develop a critical approach to the interpretation of archaeological remains and to contemporary uses (and misuses) of the past. Prerequisites: previous course work in Chinese studies, archaeology, art history, anthropology, or classical studies.Conducted in English.