BA Chinese Studies with Heritage Management
Chinese Studies and Heritage Management is a programme that is designed to allow students to indulge their interest in China, with a focus on its people, their history and cultures, with various aspects of the Heritage sector, be that Heritage interpretation, museums, management and heritage tourism.
The major part of the programme, Chinese studies, comprises four modules of 80 credits taken by the students.
China is one of the world’s most important civilisations with a rich cultural heritage providing the backdrop to a dynamic contemporary society. In this interdisciplinary programme, you will learn the Chinese language and study Chinese culture from a wide variety of perspectives. Individual modules 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. Single Honours students will spend one year in China, generally at Beijing Union University, one of our Chinese partner institutions. This option is also open to Joint Honours students. 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. The course does not require prior experience in China or of the Chinese language.
The minor part of the programme introduces students to ideas and issues surrounding the field of Heritage Management and amounts to 40 credits or two modules per year. This part of the programme is specifically designed to enhance a student’s knowledge of Heritage in its broadest sense and to provide an appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employments in the Heritage sector or cultural industries more generally.
Running through all the modules is a clear emphasis on enhancing the employability potential of our students, notably through a compulsory work placement, and for those who wish, the opportunity to do a practice-based, work-related Dissertation. Students also acquire an understanding of heritage marketing and various data management and analysis methods.
Typical modules include:
- Introduction to Heritage
- Heritage Marketing
- Museums, Heritage and Representation
- Exhibiting Egypt: digitising material culture
- Building & Architectural History
- Introduction to Contemporary China
- Basic, Advanced and Classical Chinese
- Confucianism and Taoism
- Ancient and Modern Chinese History
- Chinese Religion and Philosophy
- Chinese Cinema
- Heritage Data Management
- Roderic Bowen Library & Archives
- Heritage Management: sustainable tourism
Reasons to choose this course include:
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme
- Training in research methods
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Various opportunities for field trips
- Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, galleries, castles and cathedrals.
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, exhibitions, projects work, advertising materials, data analysis, 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.
Learning and Teaching methods
Teaching methods are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops, video conference and small group work are our principal means of teaching, though supported by lectures, field trips, revision and study groups. We also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your own written work such as asking for help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or requesting feedback advice on a specific assignment.
The School has a dedicated Admissions and Recruitment officer who deals with all UCAS applications. The programme requirements are between 240 and 260 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.
The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to help you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.
Specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:
- Heritage sector
- Museum and archive management
- Education officers
- Local government officers
- Business and administration
- Heritage Administration
- Teaching and lecturing
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.