BA Chinese Civilisation and Philosophy
Students in this course examine the philosophical and religious traditions of China and the West.
China is one of the world’s great civilisations with a rich cultural heritage providing the backdrop to a dynamic contemporary society. The Lampeter programme in Chinese Civilisation aims to broadly familiarise students with Chinese history and culture in its various manifestations across the entire span of China's pre-modern and modern history.
This programme is designed for students who wish to study China without having to go through our Mandarin language programme which aims at fluency in Chinese. However, you will still have the opportunity to acquire basic competence in Mandarin by choosing the introductory Basic Chinese 1 module in the first semester and by taking further Mandarin classes in the Confucius Institute.
Philosophy is different from other academic disciplines in that it teaches you not what to think, but how to think.
Philosophy explores the big questions: -Who are we? What is our place in the world? How should we live? What is reality? Philosophy approaches such questions through argument, but also through vision and imagination.
Philosophy concerns every aspect of our lives, practical as well as theoretical. Through its grounding in real social relations and human activities, it seeks to understand and address the whole spectrum of social, ethical, environmental and political issues of today. Through Philosophy, we are able not only to understand life, but to shape it.
If your interests extend to life, the universe and everything, if you want to develop a rich set of life-enhancing skills and the power to influence positive change, then our Philosophy degree is for you.
Typical modules include:
- Continental Philosophy
- Philosophy of Language
- Philosophy of Mind
- Political Philosophy
- History and Civilisation of Traditional China
- Confucian Ethics
- Chinese Cinema: Aesthetics and Politics
- From Empire to Nation: Modern History of China
- Understanding Contemporary China
Reasons to choose this course include:
- Interdisciplinary programme
- Opportunity to study in China
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme
- Interdisciplinary teaching across departments
- Research-led teaching by authorities in medieval studies disciplines
The School uses a wide range of assessment methods to ensure that students are given opportunities to demonstrate their attainment of learning outcomes and achieve a range of valuable transferable skills.
Assessment methods include:
- Written assignments
- Time tests
- Portfolios of work
- Oral presentations
- Extended essays/dissertations
- Reflective tasks
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
Career and employment opportunities include:
- Non-governmental organisations
- Media and publishing
- Journalism and Reviewing
- Postgraduate research
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page
Visiting the University
For any students considering studying BA Chinese Civilisation and Philosophy at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.