Carnegie Mellon University

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82-131 Elementary Chinese I

This course is for students with no prior experience in Chinese. Using a proficiency-oriented approach, students will develop contextually appropriate interpersonal communication skills in both written and spoken Chinese, develop reading and listening skills through…
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82-132 Elementary Chinese II

This course is designed for students who have taken first-semester Chinese at Carnegie Mellon or its equivalent by placement. Students will continue developing contextually appropriate interpersonal communication skills in both written and spoken Chinese, developing…
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82-133 Elementary Chinese Online I

This course is designed for students who need a more flexible approach to language learning than that offered in a standard classroom course. It is designed to help beginners develop communicative competence in the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and…
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82-134 Elementary Chinese Online II

This course is the continuation of 82-133, Elementary Chinese I Online. Students will continue learning more useful and complex expressions and sentence structures necessary for use in everyday life. Students will also continue building their skills in listening, speaking,…
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82-135 Cultural Roots: Chinese Language & Culture for Heritage Learners

This course is designed for students who have some basic knowledge of spoken Chinese, but know little of how to read and write Chinese. While an integrated approach will be applied to the development of all the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and…
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82-137 Chinese Calligraphy: Culture and Skills

Chinese calligraphy is a crucial part of Chinese culture and world art. It is also a clear manifestation of Chinese philosophy that has influenced Chinese people for several thousand years. This introductory course on Chinese calligraphy provides students with basic…
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82-138 Comparative China: Perceptions Through Youtube & TikTok

The world knows China through different media: books, newspapers, television, films, and social media. While these media provide unique and valuable windows for us to look into Chinese society and culture, they sometimes also confine our perspectives, or even distort our…
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82-139 Chinese Language, Culture and Society: Now You Know

Section A2 How do Chinese people greet each other in real life? Do they just say "hello" to each other as we have learned in the Chinese textbook? If you are visiting a Chinese family and the host suddenly asks you to stay for dinner, how do you know if the invitation is…
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82-230 Cultural Topics in Chinese Studies: The Pursuit of Happiness in Early Chinese Thoughts and Their Modern-day Applications

82-230 is taught in English. For this course in Chinese, see 82-533. Do you claim to be a happy person? If so, why? If not, why not? How do we define “good life” and where can we get it? This course will inspect various responses to these…
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82-231 Intermediate Chinese I

This course is the continuation of Elementary Chinese II (82-132). At the intermediate level, students will continue to improve the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing with the goal of becoming more proficient in daily communication needs. In addition…
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82-232 Intermediate Chinese II

Fulfills "Intercultural & Global Inquiry" Gen Ed requirement. This course is the second semester of Intermediate Chinese. More sophisticated grammar points and vocabulary are introduced to help students' listening, speaking, reading and writing skills reach the…
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82-235 Fables, Legends and Stories from Ancient Chinese Civilization

Fulfills "Intercultural & Global Inquiry" Gen Ed requirement. This course is designed for intermediate level students who would like to focus on improving their reading and writing skills in Mandarin Chinese. One major course goal is to teach students to read in…
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82-238 Topics in Literature & Culture: Environment and Society in Modern Chinese Literature & Visual Culture

This course covers the most important topics and texts in both environmental humanities and modern Chinese literature, film, and culture. Thematically, this course focuses on deforestation, chemical pollution, climate change, ethnicity, toxic waste, and the extinction of…
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82-331 Reading Into a New China I: Population, Youth, Marriage, & Housing

This 9-unit course is designed for students who have reached the intermediate level of proficiency in the use of Chinese language to develop their language process competency in all four skills to a more advanced level. Students will expand explicit knowledge of…
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82-333 Chinese Language and Culture

Two sections offered, both in English. SECTION A: China before Republic With China as a growing political and economic power, understanding the country through its history and culture becomes necessary for students as responsible citizens of the world. This course is…
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82-338 Chinese Oral Communication II

This course focuses on advanced speaking skills. Class activities include daily reports, presentations, discussions, debates, interviews, description, translation, oral interpretation and oral art performances. These courses also utilize several of websites and online…
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82-440 Studies in Chinese Literature & Culture: Chinese Folk Performance Arts and Pop Culture

This repeatable course explores target cultures through a thematic or conceptual focus. Students critically analyze authentic documents through, for example, historical, biographical, filmic, artistic, literary, musical, and theoretical perspectives, while improving and…
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82-531 Special Topics in Chinese Studies

Restricted to language majors who wish to go beyond the regular course offerings in Chinese Studies involving group or individual study in a subject area approved by the instructor. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and a 400-level course. VIEW the Schedule of…
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82-533 Cultural Topics in Chinese Studies: The Pursuit of Happiness in Early Chinese Thoughts and Their Modern-day Applications

82-533 is taught in Chinese. For this course in English, see 82-230. Do you claim to be a happy person? If so, why? If not, why not? How do we define “good life” and where can we get it? This course will inspect various responses to these questions in…
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