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Chinese Language and Culture

via Open2Study

11 Reviews 577 students interested
  • Provider Open2Study
  • Subject Foreign Language
  • Cost Free Online Course
  • Session Finished
  • Language English
  • Start Date
  • Duration 4 weeks long
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Overview

This course provides you with insights into the rich fabric of the cultures of China. You will develop a basic understanding of written Chinese, its history and expression in calligraphy. We will also explore the origins and variety of Chinese cuisine, the role of food in festivals and the etiquette of Chinese dining and tea drinking. You will also look at the origins of some of the values that underpin Chinese society and how these are being affected by economic development and urbanisation. You will uncover some of the symbolism of numbers and colours and the Chinese Zodiac and get a feel for how traditional values and beliefs are expressed in Chinese opera and architecture.

After completing this course you will have a greater understanding of Chinese language and culture how contemporary China has been framed by both tradition and its place in our increasingly globalised world. You will have a menu from which to choose topics that you may wish to pursue through further studies.

What will I learn?

  • You will understand the long heritage of Chinese society and the diversity of the Chinese landscape, its cultures and nationalities.
  • You will acquire a broad appreciation of, philosophies and social values that underpin contemporary Chinese society, and how these are evolving in modern China.
  • You will understand the origins of and the high value placed on education and writing, including Chinese calligraphy.
  • You will understand the structure of Chinese written characters, the role of the Pinyin writing system, and be able to recognise and write some Chinese characters.
  • You will be able to identify key features of the different cuisines of China and put dining etiquette into practice.
  • You will have a good basic appreciation of the symbolism of numbers, colours and animals and features of Chinese opera and architecture.

Where could this lead me?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Asian Studies Teachers
  • Tourism and Travel Advisers
  • International Event Management
  • English Teachers (as a Second Language)
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Syllabus

MODULE 1: DIFFERENCES ACROSS REGIONS AND NATIONALITIES
   
MODULE 2: CHINESE CUISINE AND ITS SOCIAL SIGNIFICANCE
   
MODULE 3: DIVERSITY OF CHINESE CULTURE
   
MODULE 4: SYMBOLS, ART AND EDUCATION

Taught by

Professor Liu Cheng (Brady)

Reviews for Open2Study's Chinese Language and Culture
3.5 Based on 11 reviews

  • 5 stars 27%
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  • 3 stars 36%
  • 2 star 9%
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Karla C
3.0 4 years ago
by Karla completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The course was almost excellent! The only problem I see is that it was very short and briefly explain on some stuff. I think that there are still many things the professor could cover but some reason he decided to cut out them. I guess it was just right because it covered Chinese culture in a very basic form. However, don't expect any difficulty or challenging subject here.
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Valentina K
3.0 5 years ago
by Valentina completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The course is quite easy. It really tells about language, festivals, traditions. You will not receive any real language skills or something like this. It suits to be viewed in an airplane before the first visit to China, but nothing more
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3.0 4 years ago
by Lori completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
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1.0 3 years ago
John completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
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