KIN4111 – Classical Chinese
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course is a first introduction to Classical Chinese. It presents the basic grammar and introduces basic strategies for reading original texts. The students will read a number of short passages selected from central works of the Classical period.
Through the readings the students will encounter the vocabulary needed for a basic understanding of the language. The course will touch upon various aspects of historical linguistics to the extent that this is useful in order to acquire a working knowledge of Classical Chinese.
The course aims to enable students to read Classical Chinese texts with the help of dictionaries and other reference works. The emphasis will be on the study of Classical Chinese idioms and proverbs that are current in modern China.
A sound ability to read Classical Chinese is a skill which is central not only for those who want to read premodern Chinese, Japanese, and Korean sources, but also for those who want to read modern Chinese which often includes passages in literary Chinese.
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
Recommended previous knowledge
The teaching presupposes:
- basic knowledge of Chinese, Japanese or Korean language
corresponding to that of 80 credits at the
- basic reading skills in Chinese and the pinyin transcription
The course consists of 14 lectures of two hours each. Active participation in class is encouraged.
Access to teaching
A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.
The course evaluation is portfolio assessment. The students are required to hand in three annotated written translations of classical Chinese texts, one of which may be a Kanbun text. The annotations should make it clear that the student can account for why he/she has translated in a particular way. The selection of texts must be approved by the course teacher in advance.
A single, overall grade is awarded for the portfolio as a whole.
Use of sources and citation
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.