Course Title: Chinese through Drama

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chinese through Drama

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Jindan Ni

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1921

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed LANG1422/LANG1218 Chinese 6 or equivalent before you commence this course. 

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

If you are an international student from China, you can take this course without prerequisites.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning 

Course Description

This course enhances your advanced Chinese language skills through oral and written communication, public presentation, drama composition and performance. Drama will be used as a context for you to critically reflect on contemporary Chinese culture, society, and language use. You will consider the relationships between behaviour, language and literature in a range of dramatic works. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will complement the RMIT capabilities you are developing in your program.

Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Critically analyse a wide range of Chinese classical and modern literary works and performing arts, using appropriate vocabulary and expressions of Chinese language
  2. Confidently demonstrate your understanding of Chinese history and its societal developments after the establishment of People’s Republic of China in 1949
  3. Effectively conduct research into Chinese cultural values and literary genres, and contrast with other cultures and literature works  

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in a range of activities including analysing Chinese dramas and movies, participating in independent research. 

Classes are conducted in seminars. You will be able to improve your language and research skills by regularly participating in a range of exercises including oral presentation and essay-writing

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems which you can access via myRMIT studies and the library. You will also receive handouts in class. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. This course requires you to develop a profound understanding of Chinese social and cultural developments and you will be asked to demonstrate your understanding through oral and written assessment tasks.   

Assessment Tasks 

Task 1: In-class essay writing on given topics, 1000 Chinese characters, 30%, CLO1.  

Task 2: Presentation on given text/theatrical drama (with written component 1,000-1,200 words), 20 minutes, 10%, CLO2 and CLO3.  

Task 3: Final essay, 2000 Chinese characters, 40%, CLO1, CLO2, and CLO3.  

Task 4: Class discussion, quizzes and homework, 20%, CLO1 and CLO2.  

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equity Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.