BA Anthropology and Chinese Studies
A Joint Honours programme in Anthropology and Chinese Studies offers students the opportunity to study an innovative inter-disciplinary course that has, at its heart, an exploration of different peoples, cultures and languages from across the world. Students will be able to select from a range of topics covering both subjects.
Anthropology explores the fundamentals of what it means to be human. It takes the whole world as its point of interest and brings one face to face with the eye-opening variety of human behaviours both in the present and from the past. Anthropologists examine the daily and mundane, the rare and ‘exotic’, and the local alongside the global to help address the pressing social issues our world faces nowadays. Doing a degree in anthropology forces you to question ideas and assumptions about right and wrong and good and bad by giving ethically sophisticated consideration to the sustainability of human practices. This makes anthropology the most dynamic, challenging and rewarding discipline one can study in the humanities.
The Chinese Studies part of the programme will offer students a variety of modules that examine China’s economic development, its history, media, politics, philosophy and religions, both in ancient and in modern times. As part of this degree scheme, you will also have the opportunity to visit China and experience Chinese culture first-hand. You will have the opportunity to spend one year in China, generally at Beijing Union University, one of our Chinese partner institutions. All students have a further chance to apply for short-term language courses in China and scholarships administered by the Centre for Chinese Studies and the Confucius Institute.
Typical modules include:
- Contemporary Writing
- Introduction to Contemporary China
- Basic, Advanced and Classical Chinese
- Confucianism and Taoism
- Ancient and Modern Chinese History
- Chinese Religion and Philosophy
- Chinese Cinema
- Chinese Religion and Culture
- The Body, Culture and Society
- Imagining the Other
- Anthropology in Context
- Approaches and Methods in Anthropology
- Material Worlds: Approaches to Economic Relations
- Reading Cultures
- The Body, Culture and Society
- Sacred Journeys and Holy Sites
- Water and Society
Reasons to choose this course include:
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Language Workshops
- Study for a year/ semester in China
- Travel abroad for anthropological fieldwork in Kenya and Canada
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme based on your favourite subjects
- Training in research methods
- Wide range of modules
- Taught by tutors who research and publish in their chosen fields
- Local field trips and visits
- Interdisciplinary approaches to study and understanding of the past
The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wiki’s, commentaries and film evaluations.
The School has a dedicated Admissions and Recruitment officer who deals with all UCAS applications, liaises with the various Programme Coordinators and arranges visits and Open Days. The programme requirements are between 96 and 104 points and above or Access to HE Foundation Degree. However we are keen to judge each application on its merits, and thus will also look at non traditional routes.
You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. It will be these skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management that provide you with a passport into employment. Types of employment could include museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching.
Graduates have a variety of career and employment opportunities, including:
- Teaching/ education officer
- Local Government, community, local politics
- Law and advocacy
- International business
- Social work
- Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
- Postgraduate research
- General administrative and management posts; civil service