Electives Taught in Chinese

Chinese 320 – Contemporary Chinese Societies through Film (3 units; U)

This course aims to develop students’ language proficiency in Mandarin and enhance their understanding of contemporary Chinese culture and social issues through five selected movies.

This course will be taught in the active-learning mode, featuring a variety of instructional components such as lecture, discussion, oral presentations, etc., to provide students abundant opportunity for expressing their opinions. The course will include writing, speaking, self-expression; information gathering, synthesis, and analysis; and international/intercultural components.

Instructor: Xiaorong Wang

Taught in Chinese

 Sample Syllabus

Chinese 441 – Business Chinese (3 units; U)

This advanced course is offered to students who will want to use Chinese in business and professional environments. It aims to develop students’ Chinese proficiency in the business settings that require not only adequate language skills but also adequate awareness of socio-cultural customs. The course materials will involve real cases in China, including KFC’s Sinofication,Starbucks’ Third Place ,IKEA’s Luxurious ‘Low-price Products’, Sam’s Club in Beijing, P&G’s Brand Strategy, and Kodak’s Way in China. These multinational companies have adapted their strategies to the special needs of the Chinese market and operated successfully in China. Students will achieve a better understanding of China in economic and cultural terms by reading, discussing, and performing communicative tasks related to those cases. In addition to the business case analysis, supplementary reading, writing and listening exercises as well as media materials such as interviews will also be provided.

By the end of the semester, students are expected to obtain these abilities:

  1. Carry conversations in real business settings with correct business vocabulary and the cultural awareness about the Chinese business world.
  2. Read business-related materials and discuss about real business cases in China.
  3. Have basic knowledge of China’s socio-cultural values, trade policy, and economical and political situations.
  4. Use Chinese language software for certain business purposes.


Taught in Chinese