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CHIN 453 A: First-Year Classical Chinese

Meeting Time: 
MWF 11:30am - 12:50pm
ART 004
John Christopher (Chris) Hamm

Syllabus Description:

First-Year Classical Chinese: Spring

SLN 12210

MWF 11:30 am - 12:50 pm

This course will be taught remotely. Students are expected and encouraged to join the live class sessions via Zoom at the scheduled time. A portion of the course grade will be based on participation in these sessions. Class sessions will be automatically recorded and made available for later viewing.

Instructor: Chris Hamm  206-543-4974

Office Hours MW 1:30-2:30

The third term of our first-year Classical Chinese sequence concentrates on selected readings in pre-Han texts, and continues the previous terms' focus on  grammar, systematic sentence analysis, and the distinctive functions of grammatical particles.

Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in CHIN 452. Enrollment by instructor's permission.

Course Objectives

In this course students will:

  • Deepen and expand the foundational knowledge of Classical Chinese grammar taught in the first two terms of the course sequence.
  • Systematically apply this knowledge to the reading of a literary text.
  • Supplement their skills in linguistic analysis with strategies for literary and rhetorical analysis of the text.

Components and Assessment

  • Participation 10%
  • Quizzes 5 x 8% = 40%
  • Midterm 25%
  • Final 25%

Materials and Texts

Our primary text for the course is this course packet, prepared by Prof. Newell Ann Van Auken on the basis of course materials first designed by Prof. William Boltz. This packet is copyrighted, and made available for students in this course by Prof. Van Auken’s express consent. Do not copy or circulate the contents of this packet in any form.

An invaluable secondary reference work is:

  • Kroll, Paul, et al. eds. A Student's Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese. Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2015.

Students are encouraged to obtain a copy of this book if they do not already have it in their collection.

Remote Learning


Policies and Student Responsibilities

This syllabus is tentative and subject to revision at the instructor's discretion. Any changes will be posted to Canvas, broadcast via Canvas Announcements, and explained during class sessions.


Catalog Description: 
Exercises and selected readings in pre-Han texts. Focus on grammar, systematic sentence analysis, and distinctive functions of grammatical particles. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in CHIN 452. Instructors: Boltz Offered: Sp.
Last updated: 
January 16, 2020 - 9:50pm