KSCA002 Chinese Characters

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2013
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Pavel Šindelář, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. et Mgr. Dušan Vávra, Ph.D.
Center for Chinese Studies - Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Pavel Šindelář, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Center for Chinese Studies - Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Tue 12:30–14:05 zrusena M25
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Seminar introduces basic definitions and terms regarding the study of Chinese characters. It concentrates on practise of writing. The theoretical part puts emphasis on historical development of Chinese characters, its internal structure and divisions of Chinese characters according to their components. The practise oriented part concentrates on the skill to find radical and correct writing.
At the end of the course students should be able to:
- interpret the theoretical knowledge on Chinese language, its writing, and history;
- apply the rules to write correctly Chinese characters;
- identify respective graphic components
- work with Chinese dictionaries
  • 1) General Introduction. Basic characteristics of Chinese characters. Elementary terms and concepts.
  • 2) Basic strokes and their variations. Stroke order and directions.
  • 3) Dictionary Shuo wen jie zi : and structural types of Chinese characters.
  • 4) Introduction to selected radicals (1-5) and characters.
  • 5) Introduction to selected radicals (50-100) and characters.
  • 6) Introduction to selected radicals (100-150) and characters.
  • 7) Introduction to selected radicals (150-) and characters.
  • 8) Traditional and simplified characters - main principles
  • 9) Development of Chinese writing I
  • 10) Development of Chinese writing II
  • - Conclusion
    required literature
  • ZÁDRAPA, Lukáš; PEJČOCHOVÁ, Michaela. Čínské písmo. Vyd. 1. Praha : Academia, 2009.
    recommended literature
  • DEFRANCIS, John. The Chinese language : fact and fantasy. Paperback edition. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 1986. x, 330. ISBN 0824808665. info
Teaching methods
Practise of writing, homework for each class consisting of rewriting given Chinese characters in Moodle.
Assessment methods
A. The emphasis is put on weakly homework, which must be submitted during the semester in Moodle. B. Written test consisting of 20 multiple-choice questions, minimum pass level 70 %. Based on lectures and compulsory literature.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
General note: Posluchači Kulturních studií Číny povinně zapisují v 1. semestru studia.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Zápis mimo Kulturní studia Číny je podmíněn souhlasem vyučujících.
Information about innovation of course.
This course has been innovated under the project "Faculty of Arts as Centre of Excellence in Education: Complex Innovation of Study Programmes and Fields at FF MU with Regard to the Requirements of the Knowledge Economy“ – Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0228, which is cofinanced by the European Social Fond and the national budget of the Czech Republic.

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The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021.
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