East Asian Languages & Cultures | Basic Reference Works in Chinese Studies
C511 | 1656 | Eno
P: Basic reading competence in Classical Chinese (the equivalent of one year
of study) is an absolute prerequisite. Students should have earned a B+
grade or better in C507 (formerly C362), or have permission of the
This course is intended to acquaint students with the basic reference tools
required to do research on traditional China and to familiarize them with
the IU East Asian Library collection. We will also devote time to the
discussion of research procedures, and to the conceptual and formal aspects
of preparing research papers. The basic goal of the course is to help
students feel more at home in (less threatened by) the field of "sinology,"
to strengthen skills in the mechanics of research, and to raise awareness of
the problems, tools, and methods of specialists in subfields other than
those in which students have primary experience.
The initial weeks of the course will be devoted to practice using varieties
of dictionaries. Subsequent course topics will include bibliographical
tools, and tools related to subfields of Chinese studies, such as
literature, history, etc. Class time will involve both introducing research
tools and improving your ability to read them. The text will be the C511
Coursepack, that will be available at the beginning of the term.