Chinese Culture II

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-OR/21
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
This course aims at reinforcing the students' ability to understand contemporary China by learning crucial events and trends in the history of the country in the last century and by studying the structure and functions of the state institutions and the media system. The students will be required to do some team work in order to elaborate and present to the class some materials on these topics and to watch movies, in order to train their critical abilities and their communicative skills.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will strengthen their knowledge on the Chinese material culture, especially in terms of socio-political structures. In the learning process, students will refine their critical capacities through the analysis of contemporary China dominant discursive strategies about socio-spatial, historic and political conditions of the country.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Due to the difficulties we are facing, the program will temporarily be subjected to changes as the course will partially will develop online:

Teaching methods:
Lessons will mainly be held in videoconference using Teams, with the exception of some asynchronous lessons (videolessons). All lessons materials will be made available on Ariel.

The didactic activities also include working in teams.

All the details of the activities will be published on Ariel at the beginning of the semester. Any updates will be communicated on the platform.

Reference materials:
In addition to the bibliography reported in the program, reference should be made to all the lessons, materials and resources published on Ariel.

Learning assessment procedures and assessment criteria:
The exam is oral.

Participation in group work and related production is also part of the final evaluation.

The oral exam takes place on Teams, according to the indications provided by the University. Any communication on deadlines and organisation of the tests will be published on Ariel.

The oral exam is the same for both attended and non-attended students, with the only difference that for non-attended students it will consist of a greater number of questions.

International students who did not completed their BA in Italy take the oral exam on specific contents indicated in the program.
Course syllabus
This course aims at reinforcing the students' ability to understand contemporary China focusing on keywords such as Chinese identity, nation, state, party, human resources, propaganda and soft power. It analyses the Chinese narratives on crucial events and trends that shaped the history country in the last century, the structure and functions of the state institutions and the media system.
Prerequisites for admission
In order to attend this course, students should have passed the exam of Chinese culture 1 MED.
Teaching methods
The course includes readings of journalistic texts and screening of multimedia materials. In order to train their critical abilities and their communicative skills, student will be required to work in teams on selected topics and do a presentation in class for their peers.
Seminars and conferences by distinguished guests from the Chinese cultural scene will be offered in order to strengthen the students skills and knowledge.

Participation in activities and events is considered an integral part of the course.
News and updates on events, teaching activities and materials will be available on the ARIEL web portal.
Teaching Resources
Materials for students with a high school diploma obtained in Italy
1) Alessandra C. Lavagnino, Bettina Mottura, Cina e modernità. Cultura e istituzioni dalle Guerre dell'oppio ad oggi, Roma, Carocci editore, 2016.
2) Modern and contemporary Chinese history basic knowledge on: Guido Samarani, La Cina contemporanea. Dalla fine dell'Impero a oggi, Torino, Einaudi, 2017.
3) Yu Hua, Lezioni milanesi. Letteratura, cultura, civiltà, Milano, Unicopli, 2019.
4) Emma Lupano (a cura di) La Cina dei media. Analisi, riflessioni, prospettive, Milano, Unicopli, 2016.
5) Bibliographic reaearch on a topic selected by the student (dossier).

Materials for students with non Italian nationality holding a high school diploma not obtained in Italy
1) Alessandra C. Lavagnino, Bettina Mottura, Cina e modernità. Cultura e istituzioni dalle Guerre dell'oppio ad oggi, Roma, Carocci editore, 2016.
2) Modern and contemporary Chinese history basic knowledge on: Guido Samarani, La Cina contemporanea. Dalla fine dell'Impero a oggi, Torino, Einaudi, 2017.
3) Yu Hua, Lezioni milanesi. Letteratura, cultura, civiltà, Milano, Unicopli, 2019.

Additional material will be published on ARIEL web portal. Multimedia materials, movies, conferences and seminars organised during the course form an integral part of the program.

Besides, non-attending students have to read Lao She, Il ragazzo del risciò, Mondadori, Milano 2019.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an oral test including at least one question for each text adopted in the program. The discussion will focus on the ability of students to create links between different sources and, for attending students, on the presentation of a thematic bibliographic project (dossier).

Participation in group work and related production is also part of the final evaluation.

Besides, students' active participation to the team work, the course and written reports on conferences or other cultural activities offered in the programme, will be positively evaluated.
L-OR/21 - CHINESE AND SOUTH ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours