KSCA002 Chinese Characters

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Zuzana Pospěchová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Terézia Hegerová (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Zuzana Pospěchová, Ph.D.
Department of Chinese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Zuzana Pospěchová, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Chinese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Mon 16:00–17:40 K21
No knowledge of Mandarin is required.
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
The course gives basic information regarding the study of the Chinese writing system. It concentrates on the practise of writing Chinese characters. The theoretical part puts emphasis on the structural analysis of Chinese characters, its internal composition and divisions of Chinese characters according to graphical typology. Some examples are given to show the historical aspect of evolution of the Chinese characters. The practical part concentrates on the skill of correct writing and decomposing of characters with exercises and homework. The course is the first step into the study of writing i.e. into Chinese grammatology.
At the end of the course students should be able to:
- understand theoretically basic information about the Chinese writing, to activate a grapfhical analysis and relevant terminology;
- apply the rules how to write correctly Chinese characters;
- identify respective graphical components
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to remember and write the characters in Integrated Chinese, Level 1 Part 1.
  • The course follows the teaching of Chinese I (KSCA006) and will concentrate on how to write the characters in the textbook (Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 1). The expected progress is one lesson per week.
    recommended literature
  • ZÁDRAPA, Lukáš; PEJČOCHOVÁ, Michaela. Čínské písmo. Vyd. 1. Praha : Academia, 2009.
  • DEFRANCIS, John. The Chinese language : fact and fantasy. Paperback edition. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 1986. x, 330. ISBN 0824808665. info
Teaching methods
Writing instruction in class and weekly writing assignments.
Assessment methods
Students must hand in weekly assignments. Missing any of the weekly assignments results in failure. No late assignment accepted. In case of illness, the student should also hand in the designated assignment on time, following the instructions given online. Only 1 unexcused absence tolerated. There is a final exam (70% mininum).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
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 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021.
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