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MASTER OF CHINESE STUDIES (COURSEWORK)

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The Master of Chinese Studies (Coursework) programme offers a wide range of specialized themes about classical and modern China and the Southeast Asian Chinese. It provides an interdisciplinary approach to produce knowledgeable graduates in the field of Sinology in order to mobilize and contribute to community and national development. This programme is designed to accommodate fresh graduates and industry practitioners to enable them to acquire new knowledge and increase their competitiveness to fulfil the increasing demand in the field of Sinology.

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The programme has a total load of forty-two (42) credits consisting of:

  1. Five (5) core courses whereby each course consists of three (3) credits; AND
  2. Five (5) elective courses whereby each course consists of three (3) credits; AND
  3. A research project consists of twelve (12) credits.

Courses offered are:

Component   Overall credits
(Per semester)
Core course Elective course
(Choose 5 courses only)
Semester One
Subject Credits Subject Credits
AQB7001
Research Methodology for Chinese Studies
3 AQB7006
Classical Chinese Literature
3 18
AQB7003
History of China
3 AQB7008
Contemporary China
3
AQB7012
The Chinese Society in Southeast Asia
3 AQB7011
Mahua Literature
3
AQB7013
Special Topics in Chinese Studies
3
Semester Two
AQB7002
Research Project
6 AQB7007
Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
3 18
AQB7004
Chinese Philosoph
3 AQB7009
Chinese Linguistic
3
AQB7005
Studies of Malaysian Chinese Society
3 AQB7010
Study of Hong Lou Meng
3
Special Semester
AQB7002
Research Project
6 6
Total Credits 42

SYNOPSIS COURSE

CODE

TITLE & SYNOPSIS

Core course

AQB7001

Research Methodology for Chinese Studies
This course explicates the meaning of research in Chinese studies. Students are required to identity research problems, apply the right research methodology and software tools to gather data. This course esposes students to major theories in Chinese Studies, which can be used as theoretical frameworks or guidance in their thesis writing. Students are also required to complete a research proposal in the discipline of Chinese studies.

AQB7002

Research Project
This course introduces ways in carrying out research and writing research report. Students will form research questions and research design which are applicable, evaluate literature systematically, collect and analysis research data, then produce research report for examination.

AQB7003

History of China
This course focuses on systematic explanation of major historiography in the study of the History of China by referring to the writings of ancient Chinese historians. In addition, the course will also analyze in-depth historical events and their implications.

AQB7004

Chinese Philosophy
This course focuses on systematic explanations of the main ideas and concepts of Chinese Philosophy by referring to key philosophers and key texts of Chinese Philosophy. Major trends such as Confucianism, Taoism and Chinese Buddhism will be discussed. In addition, the course will also further analyse the development of Chinese Philosophy from the Pre-Qin era till modern day.

AQB7005

Studies of Malaysian Chinese Society
This course examines the major perspectives of Malaysian Chinese studies. It discusses the major concepts and theories in the narratives of Chinese migration and adaption in Malaysia. This course also compares the varying responses of local Chinese groups in the recent socio-political development in Malaysia. The last part evaluates the impacts of globalization including the rise of China on the social development of Malaysian Chinese.

AQB7012

The Chinese Society in Southeast Asia
This course examines the major concepts and theories in the studies of the Chinese in Southeast Asia. It discusses the application of these theories in the narratives of Chinese migration and adaption in the region in relation to its culture, colonialism, economic and political developments. This course also compares the varying responses of Southeast Asian Chinese in the recent socio-political developments. The last part evaluates the impacts of globalization including the rise of China on the social development of Southeast Asian Chinese.
Elective course

AQB7006

Classical Chinese Literature
This course aims at enhance the skill of analyzing various format of great classical Chinese literature from the Zhou Dysnasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. Through the course, in order to enhance the introduction of knowledge and disciplines related to classical literature studies, postgraduate students are exposed to the diversity of studies and research in chinese classical literature. Thus, skills to appreciate and further analyze Chinese masterpieces of classical Chinese literature can be enhanced.

AQB7007

Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature
This course exposes students to the social and aesthetic aspects of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature. Emphasis will be given to the application of literary theories and critical analysis of various genres of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature. The important literature writings and research findings from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong will also be evaluated to expose a clear picture of the development of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature. 

AQB7008

Contemporary China
This course examines various aspects of contemporary China through the socio-cultural and historical approach.  The course traces the political and societal development of China since 1978 to the present administration. The rise of China, political transition, China model of development, new role of China in international order, domestic problems and challenges encountered by contemporary China will be the focus of the course.

AQB7009

Chinese Linguistics
This course shows how linguists analyse the structure and the use of Chinese language. It advances knowledge of Chinese linguistics and focuses on the system and structure of Chinese language. It critically reviews the basic concepts in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics and the application of these concepts in the analysis of linguistic data.

AQB7010

Study of Hong Lou Meng
This course will examine the masterpieces of Chinese Classical novel Hong Lou Meng. It focuses on analysis and appreciation of the arts and culture of the novel. Discussion on the research of Commentator Group, Index group and Textual Criticism Group, and also the writing skill, literature tradition and innovation will be conducted.

AQB7011

Mahua Literature
This course is an introduction to Mahua Literature created since 1917 till now through the appreciation of the articles in the different periods. The students will analyze and evaluate the selected works of Mahua Literature. Analysis of the selected texts will be based on a literary tradition in the region, culture, use of language, as well as issues literary tradition in Chinese in the context of post-colonial theory.
AQB7013 Special Topics in Chinese Studies
This course is designed to provide students an opportunity to deepen the knowledge of a specific topic in related to Chinese studies. Students would gain required knowledge and skills in preparing assignments that determined by supervisors.

English

A Malaysian applicant shall obtain:

  1. A result of minimum Band 3 for the Malaysian University English Test (MUET); or
  2. Any equivalent qualifications.

An international applicant shall obtain:

  1. A score of minimum 6.0 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  2. A score of minimum 550 for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
  3. Any equivalent qualifications

Chinese

An applicant whose degree is from university or institution of higher learning where the medium of instruction for the degree is not Chinese language shall obtain:

  1. A minimum of C in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) for Chinese language; or
  2. A minimum of Band 5 in Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK); or
  3. A minimum of B5 in Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) for Chinese language; or
  4. A minimum of Band B in Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL); or
  5. Any equivalent qualifications.

Malay

Any applicants that do not fulfil the requirement of Malay language (a minimum of grade C in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)) shall obtain a Certificate of Malay Language Skill within the duration of their studies.

An applicant shall have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from University of Malaya with CGPA 3.0 or above or equivalent qualification from other institutions approved by Senate; or
  2. A bachelor’s degree from University of Malaya or equivalent qualification from other institutions approved by Senate with a minimum of three (3) years of working experience; and
  3. Fulfilled the language requirement of English, Chinese and Malay language.

An interview will be conducted if needed.

Intake schedule: September

September

Fee Structure for Citizen
Fee Structure for Non-Citizen

Last Updated: 24/03/2020