Perspectives on Chinese Culture

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Perspectives on Chinese Culture

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, Chinese

  • Language Level


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The module aims to introduce students to selected perspectives in the comparative study of Chinese and Western cultures through reading Chinese and English texts. It will enhance their understanding of Chinese culture and Chinese people’s way of life and belief through its past and present, in an interdisciplinary manner. Students will express their findings in spoken and written Chinese, in classroom presentations and in essays. The module will provide a foundation for students to develop their interests more fully in subsequent work.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Understand the value and methods of comparing civilizations through exposure to Chinese and English texts, taking into account the importance of ethnocentrism as a human universal;
    2. Lead an advanced discussion on the topical issues in contemporary Chinese society by extracting information from a variety of written material;
    3. Identify the ideas behind dominant worldviews that have the most enduring effects on life in China and the West through textual analyses;
    4. Appreciate how most Chinese people look at the world and how that perspective differs from that of most people in the West;
    5. Evaluate critically the thinking that lies behind Chinese actions in today’s world – how our Western questions often miss the perspective behind Chinese policy;
    6. Demonstrate research capabilities in the topic of ongoing conflicts between China and Western nations in the target language.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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