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Chinese Studies Program
The vision of the Chinese Studies Program is to impart knowledge and develop expertise in Chinese studies in order to: (1) improve the relations between the Philippines and China through better understanding of China; (2) promote more harmonious relations between the ethnic Chinese and larger Filipino communities; (3) increase the understanding of the Chinese heritage of Philippine culture; and (4) promote Ateneo’s vision of persons-for-others through the teaching of certain Chinese values.

This vision is achieved by:
  • Teaching of the Chinese language and culture and also Chinese studies-related courses in cooperation with other departments in the School of Social Sciences and/or in cooperation with other Loyola tertiary schools
  • Conducting research in Chinese studies independently, in cooperation, or in coordination with other units within or outside the University, and
  • Serving as a link to the Philippine community through its cooperation with other institutions or organizations and its sponsorship of public fora on issues related to Chinese studies.


MINOR IN CHINESE STUDIES

Rationale
Since the opening up of China to the outside world in 1979, China’s international presence has become very prominent. For the Philippines, centuries-old cultural, economic and political ties with China have increased many times over. Knowledge of China—its history, culture, people, and language, as well as its political and economic systems—will help the Philippines in strengthening its ties with China, a close neighbor fast becoming a superpower. Students who have a Minor in Chinese Studies will also find it easier to take advantage of the work and business opportunities unleashed by China’s economic growth.

Objectives
  • To give the student a deeper and broader understanding of China.
  • To arouse in the student a continuing interest in the development of relations between the Philippines and China as well as the relations between their peoples.
  • To enable the student to appreciate and imbibe the positive values of Chinese culture.

Qualification of Participant
  • Any undergraduate student of the Ateneo de Manila University may participate.

Course Requirements
Two (2) Chinese Mandarin courses 6 units
Chinese Studies electives 9 units
Total: 15 units*

* A program leading to a minor requires a minimum of 15 units in the field of minor study, at least 12 of which are outside the Loyola Schools core and required major subjects.
(This means that of the 15 units required for the minor, only 3 units may belong to the core curriculum, either CHN 1 as Foreign Language and Culture [FLC] or History 16.)

List of Chinese Studies Electives

  • CHN 10 (HI 16.6/IS 131.6) History of China
  • CHN 10.3 (HI 138) History of Modern China
  • CHN 11 (HI 139) Chinese Communism
  • CHN 20 (EC 185.48) Modern Chinese Economy
  • CHN 21 (POS 196.1) Government and Politics of China
  • CHN 22 (POS 139.4) China’s Foreign Policy
  • CHN 23 (POS 181.3/JSP 120) China-Japan Relations
  • CHN 30 (PH 112) Chinese Philosophy
  • CHN 35 (LIT 171) Introduction to Chinese Literature
  • CHN 40 (LS 172) Doing Business in China
  • CHN 45 (COM 117.5) History and Culture in Chinese Films
  • CHN 50 (IS 131.1) Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • CHN 60 (IS 124.4/FA 175.10) Chinese Painting
  • CHN 61 (IS 131.7/FA 167.13) Chinese Art and Society
  • CHN 70 (SA 121) The Ethnic Chinese in Philippine Life

Other courses that can be credited as Chinese Studies Electives:

  • EC 185.50 Comparative Economic Development in Southeast Asia
  • HI 16 Asian History*
  • HI 16.1 Asian History to 1500
  • HI 16.2 Asian History Since 1500
  • HI 122 Imperialism in Asia
  • HI 135 Introduction to East Asian Civilization: China
  • HI 137 East Asian and the Western Intrusion
  • HI 149 Special Topics in East Asian History

Any one of the following Chinese language courses other than the two for language requirement may be used as an elective.

  • CHN 3 Intermediate Chinese
  • CHN 4 Practical Chinese for Business
  • CHN 5 Hokkien 1
  • CHN 6 Hokkien 2
  • CHN 7 Classical Chinese

Notes on Chinese Mandarin Courses

  • CHN 1 may be taken as a foreign language requirement. It is divided into A and B tracks. A track is designed for those without background in Chinese Mandarin while B track is for students with background.
  • Students who take Chinese Studies courses abroad during residency at the Ateneo may have these courses credited as elective courses upon presentation of certification.


Catalog Number, Course Title and Description, Number of Units

CHN 1 CHINESE MANDARIN AND CULTURE 1 (3 units)

An introductory course on Chinese Mandarin and some aspects of Chinese culture. Chinese Mandarin is taught using Hanyu Pinyin (romanized phonetic approach) with emphasis on conversation through situational dialogues. Both the traditional complex form and simplified form of Chinese characters are introduced. Chinese culture is taught through literary works, research, and reports on Chinese festivals, customs, traditions, movies, and songs.

CHN 2 CHINESE MANDARIN AND CULTURE 2 (3 units)
A continuation of CHN 1, focusing on reading and writing to strengthen the knowledge of Chinese Mandarin and Chinese culture.

CHN 3 INTERMEDIATE CHINESE (3 units)
An integration of conversation, listening, reading, and writing Chinese for students wanting to learn the language more intensively.

CHN 4 PRACTICAL CHINESE FOR BUSINESS
Practical business conversation and reading of business-related articles in Chinese Mandarin.

CHN 5 HOKKIEN 1 (3 units)
A course on the Fujian dialect, which is widely spoken among the Chinese-Filipinos and is useful for business relations with them.

CHN 6 HOKKIEN 2 (3 units)
This course is open to students who have some background in the Hokkien dialect, and want to broaden their vocabulary and improve their proficiency.

CHN 10 HISTORY OF CHINA (3 units)

A survey of the history of China from ancient times to the modern period, discussing traditional China; the coming of the Western world, and the establish-ment of Western hegemony; the Chinese revolutions, and the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.

CHN 10.3 HISTORY OF MODERN CHINA (3 units)
A survey of modern Chinese history from the late Qing period to the establishment of the Communist regime. Topics include the impact of the Modern West and Chinese reaction to it; the Canton trade; the Treaty system; dynastic decline; reform, reaction, and intellectual change; China and the Powers; the Revolution of 1911; the Kuomintang regime; Japan in China; and the Communist conquest of the mainland.

CHN 11 CHINESE COMMUNISM (3 units)
Topics include the Chinese response to the West: origins and organization of the Chinese Communist Party; the process by which the Party acquired a mass base and an armed force; Mao Ze Dong and the formation of the Party’s ideology, policy and strategy; the events leading to the establishment of the People's Republic; and history of the Republic to the present.

CHN 20 MODERN CHINESE ECONOMY (3 units)
A study of the evolution of the Chinese economy from a centrally-planned system to one that has imbibed elements of the market system, reviewing the growth of the Chinese economy at the macro level since 1979, and examining the economic policies through the reforms in agriculture, industry, foreign trade, banking and finance. Topics on China's domestic economic problems and its external economy are also covered.

CHN 21 GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF CHINA (3 units)
An introduction to Chinese government and politics including contemporary issues, covering the basis of the Confucian/Legalist Empire and its failure to modernize; the rise of the Communist Party; Maoism and the politics of China under Mao; Deng Xiaoping and the post-Mao reforms, with a discussion on the political economy and the military.

CHN 22 CHINA’S FOREIGN POLICY (3 units)

An introduction to China’s foreign policy from a historical perspective covering the mid-nineteenth century, and the formation of the People’s Republic, leading to the development of Chinese foreign policy and China’s evolving participation in the international community.

CHN 30 CHINESE PHILOSOPHY

A survey of Ancient Chinese thought including a meditative study of the classical texts in translation: The Four books (The Great Learning; The Doctrine of the Mean; The Analects of Confucius; The Works of Mencius) as well as the Tao Te Ching and the writings of Chuang Tzu.

CHN 35 INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE LITERATURE (3 units)
A survey of Chinese literature from the early Qin dynasty to the post-Mao era, focusing on major literary genres, writers and masterpieces. English translations are used.

CHN 40 DOING BUSINESS IN CHINA (3 units)
A comparative study of the modes of entering into business in China through readings and cases on problems encountered by foreigners setting up a business in China, with an emphasis on learning the nuances of negotiating with the Chinese through an understanding of The Art of War and other strategies often used in China.

CHN 45 HISTORY AND CULTURE IN CHINESE FILMS (3 units)
An exploration of Chinese history and culture as presented in highly acclaimed contemporary Chinese films. Featured films include the works of Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, and Ang Lee (directors); Gong Li, Winston Chao, and Maggie Cheung (actors). All films are in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles.

CHN 50 TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (3 units)
An introductory course in the basic philosophy and principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In the process of learning how the TCM doctor makes a diagnosis and prescribes appropriate treatment, basic skills in acupuncture, herbal medicine, and food therapy will be taught.

CHN 60 CHINESE PAINTING (3 units)

An introduction to the basics of Chinese painting with the teaching of the basic skills in freehand and brushwork in Chinese traditional painting of bamboo, plums, orchids, chrysanthemums are taught. Advanced techniques may be taken depending on the ability of the class.

CHN 61 CHINESE ART AND SOCIETY (3 units)
This course is a survey of the wide range and variety of the arts and forms of symbolic expressions in China and of the Chinese peoples. It will examine the various art forms on several levels and from different perspectives. The course will highlight the inter-relationships of the arts with social, historical, technological, philosophical and aesthetic developments. Included in the study are rituals, ceremonies, parades, processions, pilgrimages, and festivals, and other collective expressions that occasion artistic activity.

There will be discussions on Chinese aesthetic and artistic standards and their application in the analysis of works of art. The students will be encouraged to evaluate their own reactions to works of art, in order to deepen their perceptive faculties, understand their own feelings and develop their own ideas. They will be encouraged to express themselves clearly and persuasively through class discussions, examinations and short papers.

CHN 70 THE ETHNIC CHINESE IN PHILIPPINE LIFE (3 units)
An exploration of the role of the Chinese Filipinos in Philippine life from pre-Hispanic times to the present, including the history of Chinese immigration, early trade relations, the colonial economy; the Philippine revolution, the reform movement and the American occupation; and the impact and influence of the ethnic Chinese in education, religion, arts, business, and other aspects of contemporary Philippine life.


CERTIFICATE OF CHINESE LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

This certificate is awarded to Ateneo students who pass the proficiency tests for all levels (1 to 4) given by the Chinese Studies Program of the University.

Qualification of Participant
  • Any undergraduate student of the Ateneo de Manila University may participate.

Certificate Guidelines
The Chinese Language Proficiency tests are allotted one hour each.  One faculty member will be present to administer each test. The passing grade is 75%.
The test for each level generally covers the syllabus for each of the levels of Mandarin Chinese taught by the Chinese Studies Program  (i.e. CHN 1 to CHN 4).  Each test has four to six parts, including objective, listening comprehension, oral, and essay writing. 
Students who fail the test may re-take it one month after the previous test, another test set will be given.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION OF CHINESE LANGUAGE COURSES


This certificate is awarded to Ateneo students who have successfully completed twelve units of Chinese Mandarin courses (Levels 1 to 4). The Certificate will be awarded at the end of the senior year.

Qualification of Participant

  • Any undergraduate student of the Ateneo de Manila University may participate.



Mission/Vision

The vision of the Chinese Studies Program is to impart knowledge and develop expertise in Chinese studies in order to:

  1. improve the relations between the Philippines and China through better understanding of China;
  2. promote more harmonious relations between the ethnic Chinese and larger Filipino communities;
  3. increase the understanding of the Chinese heritage of Philippine culture; and
  4. promote Ateneo's vision of persons-for-others through the teaching of certain Chinese values.

This vision is achieved by:

  1. Teaching of the Chinese language and culture and also Chinese studies-related courses in cooperation with other departments in the School of Social Sciences and/or in cooperation with other Loyola tertiary schools,
  2. Conducting research in Chinese studies independently, in cooperation, or in coordination with other units within or outside the University, and
  3. Serving as a link to the Philippine community through its cooperation with other institutions or organizations and its sponsorship of public fora on issues related to Chinese studies.

Contact Information

Dr. Ellen H. Palanca
Director
Chinese Studies Program

Room 313, 3/F Social Sciences Building
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City Philippines

Tel No. : (632)426-6001 loc.5208/5209/5280
Fax No. : (632) 426-6001 loc.5280
E-mail Address: chinese@admu.edu.ph


Downloadable Forms and Documents

AB Chinese Studies Brochure (2.65 MB)
Last Modified on 2007.08.22

Chinese - Audio Visual Materials (List)
Last Modified on 2005.09.23

Chinese - Audio Visual Materials (Synopsis)
Last Modified on 2005.09.23




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