ANS 361 • Why Chinese has No Alphabet
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
This course will provide an introduction to the history of the evolution of the Chinese writing system and language. This course is open to all students and while recommended, no background in Chinese language, culture or linguistics is required. Course emphasis will be given to the study of the writing system and the cultural contexts that have preserved such a unique orthography from ancient to modern times. In this context, the course will include some discussion of the history of the Chinese language, including Chinese dialects. Lectures and discussions will focus on the cultural, historical, social, and political background against which Chinese writing and language have evolved.
Class and online discussion, participation and "preparedness." (20%) Informal Writing (20%) Discussion Questions (10%) Critical Writing (50%)