Chinese, Minor (0004)

  • Western Sydney University Minor Code: 0004

Previous Code: SM1078.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

Language specialisations aim to enable students to develop an appropriate level of proficiency in a second language which may be used for professional purposes such as teaching, interpreting and translation, business or international relations. Students undertaking a language specialisation will be able to use the language in question according to its grammatical and pragmatic principles, communicate with native speakers appropriately in the spoken as well as the written mode, and demonstrate an understanding of the cultures and societies associated with the language.


Campus Mode Advice
Bankstown City Campus Internal
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Internal

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this minor that you must meet in order to complete the minor and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this minor online.

Minor Structure

There are three entry levels into language minors. Beginner’s level is for those with no previous study or minimal study of the language. Intermediate level is typically for students who: are non-native speakers with study of the language to HSC 2 Subject level or have a home background in the language but no comprehensive formal study, or who speak a non-standard variety (eg dialect). Post-Intermediate level is typically for students who are non-native speakers with substantial formal study and near-native competence; or are literate native speakers of a standard variety. Students should consult with the Languages staff regarding the progression sequence that best fits their level of skill. During the first two weeks of class, the lecturer will monitor the performance of students and advise students who need to transfer to a higher or lower class. Students may consult with Languages Program Advisor, if they are unsure of their entry level. Students should avoid enrolling in subjects at different levels at the one time (eg: you should not enrol in LANG 2009 Chinese 201 and LANG 3020 Chinese 301 at the same time). Please check the current timetable as some subjects may not be offered every year. Advanced (Level 3) subjects may be offered on a rotational basis.

A minor in Chinese is any sequence of 40 credit points with no more than 20 credit points at Level 1.

Students should take subjects that reflect their level of competence in the language and they should not backtrack, i.e. they must not:

  • take a Level 1 subject after passing a Level 2 subject in the same language; or
  • take a Level 2 subject after passing a Level 3 subject in the same language.

Level 1 Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
LANG 1005Chinese 10110
LANG 1006Chinese 10210

Level 2 Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
LANG 2009Chinese 20110
LANG 2010Chinese 20210
LANG 2011Chinese 20310
LANG 2012Chinese 20410

Level 3 Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
LANG 3020Chinese 30110
LANG 3021Chinese 30210
LANG 3022Chinese 303: Twentieth-Century Chinese Literature10
LANG 3023Chinese 304: Chinese Classical Literature10
LANG 3024Chinese 305: Chinese Cinema10
LANG 3025Chinese 306: Traditional Chinese Thought10
LANG 3026Chinese 307: The Cultural Context of China10
LANG 3045Intercultural Communication10
LANG 3082Special Study in Languages and Linguistics10
Advanced entry level Chinese students may complete the following Level 1 pool subjects. The subjects will be recognised as Level 3 pool subjects for the purpose of specialisation completion.
LANG 1013Introduction to Interpreting10
LANG 1017Introduction to Translation10

Equivalent Subjects

The Level 3 subjects listed below count towards completion of the minor for students who may have passed subjects in the list below in 2015 or earlier.

LANG 3046 - International Pragmatics
LANG 3058 - Languages and Grammatical Concepts 3A: Chinese
101668 - World Cinema