2014-15 Catalog courses

The courses listed here are those published in Calvin College's current academic catalog. Not all courses are offered in the current year.

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Elementary Chinese

An introduction to Chinese language and culture, stressing both spoken and written Chinese. After one-semester students will be able to carry on simple conversations in (Mandarin) Chinese, read dialogues written in Chinese, and understand some fundamentals of Chinese social values and ways of thinking. Approximately 300 Chinese characters will be introduced.

  • Course code: CHIN-101
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Chinese
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Elementary Chinese II

A continuation of Chinese 101. Continued study of Chinese grammar, with equal emphasis on improving conversational proficiency and on reading and writing Chinese. Another 300 Chinese Characters will be introduced for reading and writing and as a medium for gaining insight into Chinese culture. Prerequisite: Chinese 101 or permission of the instructor

  • Course code: CHIN-102
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Chinese
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Intermediate Chinese

A continuation of Chinese 101. Continued study of Chinese grammar, with equal emphasis on improving conversational proficiency and on reading and writing Chinese. Another 300 Chinese Characters will be introduced for reading and writing and as a medium for gaining insight into Chinese culture. Prerequisite: Chinese 102 or permission of the instructor

  • Course code: CHIN-201
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Chinese
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Intermediate Chinese II

A continuation of Chinese 201. Completion of the study of basic Chinese grammar and further study of the Chinese writing system, with continued emphasis on both speaking and reading. Two hundred more Characters are taught for reading comprehension and cultural understanding. Completion of this course satisfies the core foreign language requirement. Prerequisite: Chinese 201 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: CHIN-202
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Chinese
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Advanced Conversation

This course is designed to develop advanced aural comprehension skills as well as advanced competence in spoken Chinese through exercises, drills, and conversation in class. Students will also continue their study of the written language by learning many new Chinese Characters or pictographs. Prerequisite: Chinese 202 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: CHIN-215
  • Credits: 4
  • Department: Chinese
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Adv Grammar & Composition

The systematic study of advanced grammar and composition. Students will learn many new Chinese Characters as they improve their skills in written Chinese. Conversation practice will also be emphasized. Prerequisite: Chinese 215 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: CHIN-216
  • Credits: 4
  • Department: Chinese
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Intro to Mod Chin Lit: 1911 - Present

A continuation of Chinese language study and an introduction to works written by major Chinese authors from 1911, when Chinese literature was first written in the modern vernacular, to the present, as well as selected readings on Chinese history, society, and culture. Prerequisite: Chinese 216 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: CHIN-217
  • Credits: 3
  • Department: Chinese
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Further Studies Chin Lit:1911 - Present

This course builds on Chinese 217 and deals with literary texts of greater linguistic difficulty. It also includes further language study and selected readings on Chinese history, society, and culture. Prerequisite: Chinese 217 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: CHIN-218
  • Credits: 3
  • Department: Chinese
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Advanced Chinese Language I

This course is designed to develop advanced aural comprehension skills as well as advanced competence in spoken Chinese through exercises, drills, and conversation in class. Students will also continue their study of the written language by reading extended dialogues on various topics in class as well as doing a large number of written assignments, including short essays on aspects of daily life. Prerequisite: Chinese 202 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: CHIN-301
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Chinese
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Advanced Chinese Language II

A continuation of the work in Chinese 301, students complete a systematic study of advanced grammar and composition. Students will learn many new Chinese characters as they improve their skills in written Chinese. Conversation practice will also be emphasized. Prerequisite: Chinese 301 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: CHIN-302
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Chinese
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Readings on Society & Culture I

A continuation of advanced Chinese language study using selected readings in Chinese on Chinese history, society, and culture. Conversation practice in Chinese will continue to be emphasized. Prerequisite: Chinese 302 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: CHIN-311
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Chinese
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Readings on Society & Culture II

This course builds on Chinese 311 and includes further language study and selected readings on Chinese history, society, and culture. Conversation practice in Chinese will continue to be emphasized. Prerequisite: Chinese 311 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: CHIN-312
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Chinese
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Independent Study

  • Course code: CHIN-390
  • Credits: 1
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Chinese
CODE NAME CREDITS
CHIN-101 Elementary Chinese 4
CHIN-102 Elementary Chinese II 4
CHIN-201 Intermediate Chinese 4
CHIN-202 Intermediate Chinese II 4
CHIN-215 Advanced Conversation 4
CHIN-216 Adv Grammar & Composition 4
CHIN-217 Intro to Mod Chin Lit: 1911 - Present 3
CHIN-218 Further Studies Chin Lit:1911 - Present 3
CHIN-301 Advanced Chinese Language I 4
CHIN-302 Advanced Chinese Language II 4
CHIN-311 Readings on Society & Culture I 3
CHIN-312 Readings on Society & Culture II 3
CHIN-390 Independent Study 1