BA Chinese studies with Education Studies
Chinese Studies with Education Studies is a programme designed to allow students to indulge their passion for China, its people, its history and its language, with various aspects of Education and Teaching to provide those interested in teaching as a career with invaluable insights and understanding of the profession.
China is one of the world’s great civilisations with a rich cultural heritage providing the backdrop to a dynamic contemporary society. In our programmes you will learn the Chinese language and study Chinese culture from a variety of different perspectives. Individual modules examine China’s history, society, religion and literature, both in ancient and in modern times. Students have the opportunity to complete a language programme in Mandarin and take a variety of modules relating to Chinese history and culture.The course does not require prior experience in China or of the Chinese language.
The Education Studies component of this major/minor degree comprises two modules of study per year over the three years of your degree. Modules within the Education Studies part of the degree will cover a range of themes including, for example, the historical development of education, learning cultures and approaches to learning, the philosophy of learning and education, and the legal frameworks within which education operates today.
In your first year of study, you will undertake modules that will enable you to explore key educational debates regarding the relations between learning, knowledge, and education in contemporary society; this will provide an overview of the associated aims and values which have underpinned education.
During the second year of study you will undertake a 20-credits module entitled ‘Learning in an Inclusive Environment’. As part of this module, you will have the opportunity for gaining valuable work experience through a work placement. This placement may be in a classroom, museum or other contexts which respond to education in its broadest sense. The work will provide you with an insight into the application of concepts and ideas that surround education. Further it offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience that will support your future career aspirations. In your second year you will also study a module that explores educational identities in relation to knowledge, power, culture and social relations.
Finally, in your third year of study you will have the opportunity to either take a 40-credits dissertation that combines elements of your Education Studies with your chosen Humanities subject, or take a 20-credit Independent Project plus a 20-credit Practical Placement. The latter module might involve an observation in a local school, college, organisation or learning/teaching contexts within the community.
There is clear emphasis on enhancing your employability through ensuring that the modules enable you to develop a range of transferable skills for the workplace. Indeed, you will have the opportunity to develop such skills via, for example, a compulsory work placement, seminar presentations and a practice-based, work related dissertation.
Typical modules include:
- Historical & Contemporary Issues in Education,
- Learning, Knowledge and Education
- Archives and Museum study
- Culture, Identity and Education
- Teaching observation
- Lifelong Learning and Continuing Development
- Practical Placement
- Introduction to Contemporary China
- Basic, Advanced and Classical Chinese
- Confucianism and Taoism
- Ancient and Modern Chinese History
- Chinese Religion and Philosophy
- Chinese Cinema
Reasons to choose this course include:
- An observation Placement in a School or museum at level 5 with the option to do another at level 6
- Committed staff with a wide range of scholarly and creative publications who are experienced in teaching students from a wide range of backgrounds
- Small group and seminar discussion
- Regular trips, conferences, and events
- Opportunity to study in China
- Taught by subject specialists
- Interdisciplinary programme
- Opportunity for independent research project
- No prior experience of China required
- The University is home to the first Confucius Institute in Wales
- Transferable interpersonal skills
- Opportunity to develop independent research projects
- The opportunity to develop your own research project
- Excellent support network
Assessment methods for the course draw upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats, from essays (ranging from 1,500 words up to 3,500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1,000-word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis, palaeographic work, to oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations. In addition to summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work, group presentations, journals, internet searches, document analysis, and bibliographic exercises.
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 240 and 280 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 though an interview may be required for this pathway.
Career and employment opportunities:
- Education officer
- Heritage, Museum and Archive work
- Social and voluntary work
- International Development
- Writing & Publishing
- Journalism and IT
- Business and Marketing
Visiting the University
We hold central undergraduate Open Days throughout the year, the details of which are up on the website. We encourage people to attend these organised events where possible. Open Days include visits to the academic schools, an introduction to the degree courses, the opportunity to talk to academic staff and students, a tour of the campus, including accommodation and other facilities, as well as the chance to ask any questions. If this is not convenient you are welcome to visit on an individual basis. Our visit days are generally on a Wednesday afternoon. To book a place on a visit day, please see the online booking form on the University website.
For more information about the Humanities and Education programmes, please contact:
Programme Director BA Humanities and Education
Tel: 01570 424975