BA English and Chinese Studies
A Joint Honours programme in English and Chinese Studies offers students the opportunity to study an innovative interdisciplinary course that marries two popular humanities subjects. Students will be able to shape their own degree path by selecting from a large range of topics covering both subject areas.
The Joint Honours programme is composed of two parts, English and Chinese Studies. Students will study a range of modules in both of these subject areas.
English is a dynamic and diverse subject in TSD. Students may choose from a range of focused areas including Anglo Saxon Heroic literature to Victorian narrative poetry; the bloody revenge dramas of the Renaissance to contemporary bestsellers, from the realist novels of the 19th century to contemporary poetry, postmodern novels and the latest developments on the World Wide Web. This programme combines a commitment to the large historical picture of English (from Beowulf to Tom Wolfe) with a responsiveness to new directions and concerns of the subject precipitated by developments in critical and cultural theory.
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.
There is a strong sense of community among students and staff, and the ratio of staff to students is such that students can have ready and easy access to all their lecturers. The small classes are always friendly and never intimidating, allowing staff to get to know their students on a first-name basis.
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
- The Renaissance
- Contemporary Writing
- Romantic Poetry and Prose
- Ways of Reading
- Historicising Texts
- Archives and Museum study
Reasons to choose this course:
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Language Workshops
- Study for a year/ semester in China
- 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
- 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 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 we will also look at non traditional entry 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.
Career and employment opportunities include:
- 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
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.