Mandarin: Level 5 (China Issues)

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Lijing Shi


Students must have completed Mandarin: Level 5 (Standard) (LN719).

Course content

This course aims to develop students' linguistic skills at a mastery level through studying the authentic materials on Chinese society (e.g.  e-Commerce, wealth inequality, gender discrimination, migrant workers, etc.). The students will be given opportunities to learn the key vocabulary of current issues in China, and discuss the analysis of those issues. The course is communicative and interactive. The students are required to read authentic materials in the target language and learn to discuss, summarise and debate ideas and issues in China as well as the rest of the world.


16 hours of classes in the MT. 22 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 6 essays in the MT and LT.

Indicative reading

Authentic materials. 


Continuous assessment (70%) in the MT and LT.
Oral examination (30%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2016/17: 8

Average class size 2016/17: 8

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication