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CN101: Introduction to Chinese Language and Religions

Language opens the door to culture. This course will then pay attention to the relationship between Chinese language and culture, and word and image. The course begins with study of Chinese language with emphasis on basic grammar, speaking and listening comprehension as well as mastery of Chinese characters for reading and writing (mainly in Block 1), and then introduces students to the Chinese concept of Family, Nature and Self and, how Chinese language and philosophical thinking (Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism) transformed ways of life for the East. This is an introductory course, which attempts to lead students to study Chinese language, literature and art in a broader historical, social and cultural context.