CHN10050 Chinese Culture

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module provides an introduction to China, improving students' understanding and knowledge of China with a particular focus on Chinese culture. The topics covered include: ancient Chinese history, philosophy, religion, language, tea and food culture, festivals, calligraphy and painting, music, traditional medicine, sports and martial arts. Various workshops are organised to promote students’ cultural understanding through their own experiences, such as learning Chinese business etiquette and table manners in a Chinese restaurant, practising Chinese calligraphy and painting with Chinese artists, practising Chinese martial arts with a Taiji master and learning to play a simple piece of music using Chinese musical instruments. Guest speakers are invited to share their expertise with students in the relevant areas of the course.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should have developed their knowledge of China, in particular in the various aspects of Chinese culture.

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding on key claims of Chinese philosophies introduced in the module.
2. Identify implications of these philosophies in both traditional and modern contexts of family value, social life and popular culture in China.
3. Present an analysis of Chinese cultural elements in comparison with students’ own cultural environment.
4. Reflect on students’ own cultural and disciplinary experience and enhance the understanding of topics discussed from various perspectives.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group




Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module requires a high level of student participation. Various learning and teaching methods are listed below.

• Students will attend lectures during which key contents are covered and topics of discussion are assigned.
• Students are required to read assigned literature prior to lectures and join discussions.
• Screening sessions of films and documentaries will provide students with case studies of Chinese culture in various settings.
• Guest speakers are invited to present his/her knowledge and experience on certain aspect of Chinese culture. Various workshops will be organised to provide hands-on experience of Chinese culture.
• Students are expected to carry out online discussion and exchange of opinions on course contents or other relevant topics through the platform of VLE.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Chinese Culture (BCHN10100)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Final Essay Unspecified n/a Graded No


Group Project: Presentation and short essay Week 12 n/a Graded No


Attendance: Attendance and Participation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Response paper Week 7 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Online automated feedback
• Self-assessment activities

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Name Role
Dr Lan Li Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Thurs 11:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Tues 11:00 - 12:50