Fundamentals of the Chinese character writing (Part 1)

1 June - 31 December 2022 г.
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  • English

    course language

  • 6 weeks

    course duration

  • about 6 hours per week

    needed to educate

  • 1 credit points

    for credit at your university

The course gives a concise survey of the Chinese character-writing tradition. You’ll master the fundamentals of the Chinese writing aesthetics; learn about the main phases of the characters’ evolution and about the great calligraphers of the past. You are going to distinguish 6 types of the Chinese written symbols, become skilled in history of Chinese scripts and possibility of their modern usage. You’ll get the explanation of the 214 Chinese character radicals (the first part in Part 1 of the Course, the second — in Part 2) and can practice their writing, using the animated and static samples given in videos and on pages. Elaborate tests are going to help you regularizing the new information and filling the lacunae. 
Welcome to the mysterious world of the Chinese characters! You will definitely love it!


During the course, students will get acquainted with the stages of the evolution of Chinese writing, the basic principles of writing hieroglyphs and the rules for the order of strokes, as well as groups of hieroglyphic radicals, which will greatly facilitate learning of hieroglyphics in the future.




This course may be of interest to bachelors, masters and graduate students of higher educational institutions, as well as to all those who are interested in the designated topic. The course will help potential employees to receive evidence-based information that gives a competitive advantage in their own employment.

Course program

The course consists of 6 modules. All modules are built on the same principle: the first half of the module is devoted to basic characters (214 keys are divided into groups in accordance with the methodological recommendations set out in A. G. Storozhuk's manual "Introduction to Chinese characters"), and the second - the history of calligraphy and calligraphic tools and technicians.


Formed competencies

The discipline is aimed at the formation of universal competencies of students in the educational programs of the bachelor's / specialist's degree, as well as other competencies provided for by the educational program.

Education directions


Upon completion, the student should know the main groups of Chinese characters and the order in which they are written.


Upon completion, the student should be able to:

  • write and learn 214 Chinese radicals;
  • recognize the radicals in the composition of a complex hieroglyph.


Upon completion, the student should master the rules for writing and the order of the lines of Chinese characters.

Сторожук Александр Георгиевич

Доктор филологических наук, профессор
Position: заведующий кафедрой китайской филологии СПбГУ

Сомкина Надежда Александровна

Кандидат исторических наук
Position: доцент кафедры китайской филологии

Власова Наталья Николаевна

Магистр востоковедения
Position: старший преподаватель кафедры китайской филологии

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