21F.106 Chinese VI (Regular): Discovering Chinese Cultures and Societies

Spring 2003

Image of a postcard depicting San Fransisco's Chinese New Year celebration, circa 1910.
Postcard depicting San Fransisco's Chinese New Year celebration, circa 1910.  (Image courtesy of the California Historical Society, San Francisco.)

Course Highlights

Prof. Chen asked a number of colleagues and friends in China to submit thoughts on various topics, to which the students responded via the course discussion board. The submissions by Dr. Chen's colleagues and friends are available in the study materials section. In addition, the assignments section includes video and audio materials.

Course Description

This course is the continuation of 21F105. It is designed to further help students develop sophisticated conversational, reading and writing skills by combining traditional textbook material with their own explorations of Chinese speaking societies, using the human, literary, and electronic resources available at MIT and in the Boston area. Some special features of Chinese society, its culture, its customs and habits, its history, and the psychology of its people are introduced. The class consists of reading, discussion, composition, network exploration, and conversational practice. The course is conducted in Mandarin.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.0+) on Microsoft Windows:
From VIEW menu select Encoding... Auto Select... or
Chinese AutoSelect.

Netscape (version 7.0+) on Microsoft Windows:
From VIEW menu, select Character Coding...
AutoDetect… Chinese.

Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.0+) on Macintosh OS 9 or X:
From VIEW menu select Character
Set… Chinese(auto-detect)

Netscape (version 7.0+) on Macintosh OS 9 or X:
From VIEW menu select Character Coding...
AutoDetect… Chinese.

Safari on Macintosh OS X:
From VIEW menu select Text Encoding... Chinese
(ISO-2022-JP)

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .rm.


*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Staff

Instructor:

Prof. Tong Chen

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions/week
1 hour/session

Level

Undergraduate