BA Philosophy and Chinese Studies
A Joint Honours programme in Philosophy and Chinese Studies offers students the opportunity to study an innovative inter-disciplinary 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.
One part of the programme, 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 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.
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.
- 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
- Political Philosophy
- Philosophy of Mind
- Philosophy of Language
- Continental Philosophy
- Applied Ethics
- The Body, Culture and Society
- Imagining the Other
- 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 1000 to 4000 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 application, 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 will also look at non traditional 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.
- 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.