Chinese Studies Course Description

(The curriculum is being revised)
Degree Structure

Student are required to complete 135 credits as follows:

      General Education Courses                            30        credits

      Specialized Major Area Courses                     99        credits

      Free Elective Courses                                     6          credits


General Education

TH 160            Basic Thai

(For foreign students or approved by the Department of Thai)

Thai alphabets, sound systems, vocabularies, and  sentences. Practice of four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

TH 161            Thai Usage

Thai language usage skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking, with the emphasis on drawing the main idea, communicating knowledge and thoughts, and composing properly.

TU 110            Integrated Humanities

A history of mankind, reflecting belief, thought, and intellectual development through diverse time periods. Analytic methods will also be applied to current problems, including the effect of technological development, violence, war, and world crisis – in order to live effectively in the midst of this changeable world.

TU 113            Fundamentals of Philosophy and Religions

Philosophical and religious concepts affecting man’s attitudes, morality, and ways of life. This course seeks to stimulate critical thinking through students’ analysis of diverse phenomena. This understanding can then be applied in social situations.

TU 117            Development of Modern World

The development of world societies  from 1500 A.D. to the present, emphasizing linkages between economy, politics, administration, culture, and science and technology as the foundation for a transformation to the modern world.

TU 120            Integrated Social Science

The social sciences is important for human by studying the origin of social sciences in the modern world, the separation of social science from science, the acceptance of scientific paradigm to explain social phenomenon. Analysis of significant disciplines, concepts and theories in social science by pointing out their strengths and weaknesses when applied to social problems. Analysis of contemporary issues with the application of social theories so that each issue is understood from the individual perspective, group perspective and macro - social, national and world perspectives.

TU 124            Society and Economy

Analysis of social and economic development in national and global contexts using social science methods. The course stresses the influence of culture and institutions on social and economic systems.

TU 130            Integrated Sciences and Technology

Concepts and theories relating to the development of science and technology and its influence on modern daily life. Influence of science and technology on the economy, society, and the environment. Debates on current issues, morality, and human ethics.

TU 143            Man and Environment

The relationship between man and the natural environment, focusing on the coexistence of living things, to create balance and promote effective environmental management, discussions of the impacts of scientific and technological development on the environment, society, and economy as well as the importance of the environment for human beings in present and future.

TU 153            General Concept of Computer

Essential components of computer system including hardware, software, data and its processing, basic data communication, network and the internet, principles of problem solving using computer and software package, security, ethics and cause related to computer usage and information systems.


Chinese Language

PD 103            Mandarin 1

Prerequisite: passing HSK level 3 or Intensive Chinese, or permission of instructor

More complex Chinese vocabulary and sentence structures in daily conversational situations.
A vocabulary of 1,600 words.

PD 104            Mandarin 2

Prerequisite: PD 103 or permission of instructor

More complex Chinese vocabulary and sentence structures in daily conversational situations. A vocabulary of 3,000 words.

PD 210            Listening to Chinese Tales

Prerequisite: PD 104 or permission of instructor

Practice listening to Chinese tales for getting the main points and summarizing what has been listened to.

PD 211            Modern Chinese Grammar

Prerequisite: PD 104 or permission of instructor

Chinese language meanings and functions. Word positions in a phrase, clause and sentence. Analysis of the relationships between structures and meaning of a sentence and a group of sentences.

PD 212            Intermediate Mandarin Conversation

Prerequisite: PD 104 or permission of instructor

Practice in Chinese conversation in daily life situations. Focus on the use of vocabulary, sentence structures, registers, and non-verbal behavior appropriate to the Chinese social context.

PD 213            Advanced Mandarin Conversation

Prerequisite: PD 210 or permission of instructor

Practice in advanced Chinese conversation, discussing various topics concerning current situations. Emphasis on the use of vocabulary, expressions, sentence patterns including tone, and non-verbal behavior appropriate to the Chinese social context.

PD 214            Reading for Basic  Knowledge of  China

Prerequisite: PD 211 or permission of instructor

Practice in reading essays and articles about various aspects of China. Study techniques of summarizing.

PD 230            Listening to Chinese Audio-Visual Media

Prerequisite: PD 210 or permission of instructor

Practice in listening to Chinese news broadcasts for accurate comprehension and writing summaries.

PD 270            Reading Classical Chinese

Prerequisite: PD 211 or permission of instructor

Practice in reading historical, philosophical articles and literary works of the ancient period to study Chinese vocabulary and sentence structures.

PD 310            Chinese Composition 1

Prerequisite: PD 211 or permission of instructor

Practice in how to communicate ideas systematically about daily life into short compositions. Emphasis on precise and smooth written language.

PD 311            Chinese Composition 2

Prerequisite: PD 310 or permission of instructor

Practice in systematic thinking and translating the ideas into analytical compositions. Emphasis on the precise and smooth written language.

PD 325            Readings in Chinese Society, Economy and Politics

Prerequisite: PD 214 or permission of instructor

Practice in analytical reading about Chinese society, economy, and politics in order to compare with those of Thailand.

PD 345            Readings in Chinese Geo-economics

Prerequisite: PD 214 or permission of instructor

Practice in analytical reading about Chinese geo-economics in order to compare with those of Thailand.

PD 375            Readings in Chinese Arts and Culture

Prerequisite: PD 214 or permission of instructor

Practice in reading about Chinese art and culture to compare with Thai art and culture.

PD 376            Classical Chinese Literature

Prerequisite: PD 270 or permission of instructor

History, patterns and characteristics of selected literary works from the ancient period to the Qing Dynasty. Practice in reading the selected texts on moral and ethic.

PD 377            Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature

Prerequisite: PD 214 or permission of instructor

History, patterns and characteristics of selected literary works after the Qing Dynasty until the present. Practice in critical reading about social context, moral and ethic.

PD 410            Chinese Report Writing

Prerequisite: PD 311 or permission of instructor

Principles and techniques of report writing. Focus on advanced written language.

PD 411            Translation : Chinese into Thai/ English

Prerequisite: PD 214 and PD 310 or permission of instructor

Principles and techniques of translating Chinese into English/Thai. Study of mistakes and corrections in translation.

PD 412            Translation:  Thai/ English into Chinese

 Prerequisite: PD 411 or permission of instructor

Principles and techniques of translating English/ Thai texts into Chinese. Practice in error recognition and correction.

PD 415            Public Speaking in Chinese

Prerequisite: Completion of at least four 200-level courses or permission of instructor

Principles and techniques in delivering speeches.  Practice in speaking Chinese in public with appropriate verbal expressions and non-verbal behavior.

PD 416            Critical Reading of Chinese Newspapers

Prerequisite: Completion of at least four 200-level courses, or permission of instructor

Principles and techniques in Chinese newspaper reading. Practice in systematic thinking as well as study the Chinese journalistic language.

PD 445            Business Negotiations in Chinese

Prerequisite: Completion of at least four 200-level courses, or permission of instructor

Principles and techniques in Chinese business negotiation. Emphasis on the appropriate use of language, tone, style, and persuasive approach.


Chinese Studies

PD 220            Chinese Civilization

Chinese civilization in relation to Thai with a focus on the development of civilization in China and responses to Western influences.

HS 255            History of China

The characteristics of traditional Chinese society, economics and politics, including the period of western influence up to the Communist revolution and the establishment of the Peoples’ Republic.

PH 277            Chinese Philosophy

Chinese philosophy in the classical period of China since the Zhou Dynasty.  Analysis of different schools of Chinese philosophy, such as Confucianism, Taoism, and Legalism in order to understand the present situation.

PO 333            Politics and Government of the People’s Republic of China

The political system of the Peoples’ Republic of China, focusing on political  institutions, regimes, and social problems from the ancient monarch, the Guomintang period to the present communist era. The communist social revolution and the country development of the present policies.

AN 335           The Culture and Society of China

The cultural patterns and social structures in China through readings in research, passages and anthropology documents.  A focus on organizational arrangements and changes of economic, social and political institutions.

PD 326            Problems and Contemporary Social Crisis of China

The current economic, social, and political issues faced by China, including environmental concerns, domestic regional developments, energy security, and other contemporary issues.

PD 327            Chinese Overseas Society

A development of Chinese living abroad, Chinese government policy toward them, and the relationship between overseas Chinese societies, economics and politics and China.

PD 328            Chinese Wisdom

A review of the history and development of classical Chinese thought and wisdom and its enduring influence on Chinese art, traditions, beliefs, way of life, and contemporary Chinese society and culture.

PD 340            Economic System of China

The economic system and structure of China, including Chinese economic history from colonialism, the communist revolution and economic reformation in the 1980’s until the present.

PD 346            Chinese Business Etiquette and Culture

Chinese social etiquette and values of various regions: the north, the Central region, the east and the south. The course also covers principles, techniques, and skills in trade negotiation with Chinese entrepreneurs, as well as Chinese business culture.

PD 350            Legal System of China

The development of the Chinese system of law, including constitutional law, communism, and laws affecting the structure of the administrative organization of the state.

PD 378            Chinese Calligraphy and Computer

A Chinese computer program to search for, manage, develop and present information.  Also, a review of the theory and art of Chinese calligraphy and practice in using a Chinese paintbrush to write Chinese characters. The course aims to develop the student’s  computer skills, calligraphy skills and writing ability.          

PO 383            Foreign Policy of the People’s Republic of China

An analysis of the foreign policy of the PRC, examining the factors influencing the formulation of international public policy and their consequences.

PD 446            Global Political Economy in the 21st century China

The role and adjustment of China that has influenced the global economic system.  Also examined is the dynamic interplay between domestic determinants and foreign policy.

PD 447            Foreign Investment and Trade of China

An examination of the foreign investment and trade policies of China, their development, that are shaped by internal economic factors as well as China’s increasing importance as a global trading partner.

PD 448            Development of Chinese Economy

Chinese economic growth through changes in development policies, the economic impact of those changes domestically, and the increased influence exerted regionally.

PD 449            Trade and Investment in China

Chinese trade and investment laws, government policies and practices in trade and investment, the experience of Thai businesses in trading and investment in China, as well as problems and obstacles.

PD 455            Legal Environment for Business in China

An examination of Chinese laws, regulations and legal practices in business activities involving a limited company, limited partnerships, a private contract, civil and commercial codes, customs law, revenue law, and labor law.

PD 465            Seminar in Thai-Chinese Relations

An examination of Thai-Chinese relations from the past to the present, with emphasis on the post World War II period. The factors leading up to the Thai and Chinese governments’ 1975 decision to establish diplomatic relations, as well as the development of political, economic, social, and military relations between Thailand and  China will be discussed.

PD 480            Seminar in Chinese Studies

A study and analysis of interesting issues in Chinese studies

PD 481            Research Paper

Independent research in Chinese Studies under the direction of an advisor. Evaluation will be based on the mini thesis submitted.