BA Chinese Studies and Heritage Studies
Chinese Studies and Heritage studies is a programme that is designed to allow students to indulge their interest in China, with its focus on people, their history and cultures, with various aspects of the Heritage sector, be that Heritage interpretation and display, museums, archives, heritage management and tourism.
The programme Chinese Studies and Heritage Studies will offer students modules examining 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.
Alongside this, students will study a range of modules that will explore different aspects of Heritage and Heritage-related agencies, institutions and subjects. It will do this in an innovative way that will combine study of general and broadly-based Heritage issues with more specialist or particular aspects of the field. The programme will equip students with an understanding and appreciation of the wider field of Heritage, which includes a compulsory work placement at level 5 and time in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives at level 6. This provides students with both an attractive approach to study as well as equipping them with an appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employments in the Heritage sector or cultural industries.
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
- Sustainable Development
- Conservation of buildings
Reasons to choose this course include:
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme
- Training in historical research methods
- Study abroad in China
- Close relationships with experts in the sector
- 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 1,00 words up to 3,00 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1,00 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.
Learning and Teaching methods
Teaching methods are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops 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 programme will require between 200 and 260 points and above or an Access to HE Foundation Degree. However, each School has a dedicated Admissions and Recruitment officer who deals with all UCAS applications and who will judge applications in the round, drawing upon a range of indicators of potential and performance. In this we are keen to judge each application on its merits, and thus may well require a conversation with potential applicants (be that in person at an open or visit day, or through phone, Skype or email) to get to know the person behind the application form.
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.
More 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 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.