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Chinese I

This course includes one semester of studies in modern standard Chinese (Putonghua).

The course develops basic knowledge of Chinese phonetics, the Hanyu-Pinyin transcription system, as well as elementary skills in oral and written Chinese as students practise their Chinese reading and listening comprehension.The course also provides an introduction to China Studies. This course requires knowledge of Swedish.

In order to be admitted, you need to have a high school degree in the subject Swedish, or the equivalent thereof.

  • Course structure

    The course consists of four modules.


    Modern Chinese I a, 7.5 credits (ECTS)
    Basic Chinese phonetics and Hanyu Pinyin transcription system are introduced. The course contains elementary text reading, character and word knowledge as well as certain character etymology. Translation from and to Chinese based on the course book is trained. The student learns to write, read and translate about 150 new writing characters.

    Modern Chinese I b, 8 credits (ECTS)
    The course is based on the acquired knowledge of Chinese phonetics, Hanyu Pinyin, sign and word knowledge and etymology. The course mainly covers the study of simple texts in modern Chinese. Chinese grammar and Chinese sentence patterns are reviewed. The student learns to write, read and translate about 150 new writing characters. The course also includes reading and translating simpler texts from and into Chinese.

    Practical Language Ability I, 4.5 credits (ECTS)
    The course exercises correct pronunciation and exercises basic oral and written Chinese everyday language.

    Introduction to China Studies, 10 credits (ECTS)
    The course provides an introduction to China studies and the conditions in China and Taiwan. The course also aims to develop skills and methods in academic writing, reading and presentation.

    Teaching format

    Lectures and seminars.

    Course details and resources

    Course details, planning and literature for Autumn 24 can be found in the learning platform Athena.

    Please note that only registered students have access to downloadable resources, like PDF documents, in Athena.


    The modules Modern Chinese I a and Modern Chinese I b are examined through 5 written assignments, 5 written assignments and a final exam.

    The module Language Ability I is examined through 5 written assignments and 2 oral presentations.

    The module Introduction to Chinese Studies is examined through a portfolio.

    For more detailed information, see the course description.


    Examiner full course: Ingela Jin
    Examiner Modern Chinese I a:  Ingela Jin
    Examiner Modern Chinese I b: Hailin Wang
    Examiner Language Ability I: Ingela Jin and Hailin Wang
    Examiner Introduction to Chinese Studies: Monika Gänssbauer

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Below you will find the language textbooks used in the course. All other literature will be uploaded on Athena.

    Integrated Chinese, Volume 1, 4th Ed., Textbook. ISBN: 9781622911356

    Integrated Chinese, Volume 1, 4th Ed., Workbook ISBN: 9781622911363

    Kerry Brown: Contemporary China, London 2019 (third edition!), ISBN 978-1-352-00494-6 (paperback)


  • Contact

    Do you have questions about the courses in Chinese?

    Student Councelor:

    Director of Studies:
    Johan Fresk
    Phone: 08-16 36 20