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Chinese Studies (BA)

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Building on a solid linguistic foundation in modern and classical Chinese, the Lampeter course focuses on the study of China’s history, philosophy, religions, film and literature, exploring how China has historically evolved to become the country it is today.

Our modules examine China’s transformations both from a China-centred perspective as well as from the point of view of its manifold interactions with other countries and civilisations.

We are one of the very few Chinese Studies programmes in the UK with a focus on China’s classical culture. You will gain access to the richness of this culture by studying its vast textual, archaeological and artistic heritage. 

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PATHWAY OPTIONS AND HOW TO APPLY

Chinese Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: 5DN2
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Chinese Studies & Medieval Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: TV11
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Chinese Studies & Religious Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: TV16
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Chinese Studies & Anthropology (BA)
UCAS Code: TL16
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Chinese Studies & English (BA)
UCAS Code: TQ13 
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Chinese Studies & Heritage (BA)
UCAS Code: CSH1
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Chinese Studies & History (BA)
UCAS Code: 46N3
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Chinese Studies & Philosophy (BA)
UCAS Code: TV1M
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Chinese Studies with Foundation Year (BA)
UCAS Code: CHF1
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Full-time applicants should apply through UCAS. Part-time applicants should apply through the University.


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Tuition Fees 2022/23:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. Wide range of modules, focusing on China’s history, archaeology, philosophy, religions, film and literature.
  2. Chance to study broad sweep of history from ancient Chinese culture and to modern China’s rise to become a global superpower.
  3. Opportunities to learn Chinese language and study abroad.
  4. Hands-on approach and innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials.
  5. Chance to combine your studies with modules from a wide range of other humanities subjects.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The BA Chinese Studies aims to develop fluency in Mandarin and familiarise students with Chinese history and culture in its various manifestations across the entire span of China's pre-modern and modern history. Individual modules examine China’s history, media, politics, philosophy and religions in both past and present.

Single Honours students will spend one year in China, at Beijing Union University or one of our other 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.

We welcome applications from applicants both with and without prior knowledge of Chinese (Mandarin).

Applicants who have obtained formal qualifications in Mandarin such as HSK, GSCE or A-Level will be allowed to take language modules at the appropriate level. We will conduct an entry test to determine a student's actual proficiency in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing at the point of entry into the programme.

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (CertHE, DipHE & BA)

  • Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference (20 credits; optional; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Cultures and Philosophies of Politics (20 credits; optional)
  • Death, Burial and the Afterlife (20 credits; optional)
  • Exploring the Humanities (20 credits; compulsory)
  • From Egypt to the Near East: Phenomena of the Mediterranean (20 credits; optional)
  • Gender, Sex, and Sexuality: Historical & Critical Perspectives (20 credits; optional)
  • Humans and Other Animals (20 credits; optional)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Morality, Ethics and Reason (20 credits; optional)
  • Myths and Mythology: How Stories Shape the World (20 credits; optional)
  • Power and Inequality (20 credits; optional)
  • The Colonial Project and the Humanities (20 credits; optional)
  • The Nature of Objects: Why Matter Matters (20 credits; optional).

Year Two – Level 5 (DipHE & BA)

  • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • China in the World (Advanced Chinese) (20 credits; compulsory/optional)
  • China in the World (Intermediate Chinese A) (20 credits; compulsory/optional)
  • China in the World (20 credits; optional)
  • Chinese 1 (20 credits; core/optional)
  • Chinese 2 (20 credits; core/optional)
  • Chinese 3 (20 credits; core/optional)
  • Chinese Popular Culture and Media (Advanced Chinese) (20 credits; compulsory/optional)
  • Chinese Popular Culture and Media (Intermediate Chinese) (20 credits; compulsory/optional)
  • Chinese Popular Culture and Media (20 credits; optional)
  • Chinese Wellbeing: from Philosophy and Religion to Culture (Advanced Chinese ) (20 credits; compulsory/optional)
  • Chinese Wellbeing: from Philosophy and Religion to Culture (Intermediate Chinese B) (20 credits; compulsory/optional)
  • Chinese Wellbeing: from Philosophy and Religion to Culture  (20 credits; optional)
  • Empire to Nation (Advanced Chinese) (20 credits; compulsory/optional)
  • Empire to Nation (Intermediate Chinese A) (20 credits; compulsory/optional)
  • Family and Gender in Chinese Culture (20 credits; optional)
  • International Independent Study Module (40 credits; optional) 
  • International Independent Study Module (60 credits; optional) 
  • Introduction to Classical Chinese (20 credits; optional)
  • Using the Past to Serve the Present: History, Historiography and Heritage in the Chinese World (20 credits; optional).

Year Three – Level 6 (BA)

  • China in the World (Advanced Chinese) (20 credits; compulsory/optional)
  • China in the World (20 credits; optional)
  • Chinese 1 (20 credits; core/optional)
  • Chinese 2 (20 credits; core/optional)
  • Chinese 3 (20 credits; core/optional)
  • Chinese Popular Culture and Media (20 credits; optional) Chinese Popular Culture and Media (Advanced Chinese) (20 credits; compulsory/optional)
  • Chinese Wellbeing: from Philosophy and Religion to Culture (Advanced Chinese ) (20 credits; compulsory/optional)
  • Chinese Wellbeing: from Philosophy and Religion to Culture  (20 credits; optional)
  • Empire to Nation (Advanced Chinese) (20 credits; compulsory/optional)
  • Family and Gender in Chinese Culture (20 credits; optional)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • International Independent Study Module (40 credits; optional) 
  • International Independent Study Module (60 credits; optional) 
  • Introduction to Classical Chinese (20 credits; optional)
  • Using the Past to Serve the Present: History, Historiography and Heritage in the Chinese World (20 credits; optional).

Prospective students should be aware of the following:

  • Not all optional modules are offered every year
  • Optional modules are delivered subject to sufficient student numbers
  • Language modules are optional/compulsory/core according to linguistic ability
  • There are many Level 5 and Level 6 versions of the same module. Students can only take this module once; this depends on which year the modules are offered in.
Assessment

 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, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Entry Criteria

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career Opportunities

Graduates go on to careers in a variety of fields including:

  • Communication, business
  • Cultural and social advocacy
  • Film and media
  • Fundraising, management consultancy, research
  • Health, food and lifestyle
  • Human, animal and land rights
  • International development, aid and charity organisations
  • Museums, heritage, tourism
  • Publishing
  • Race relations, community, social work, caring professions
  • Teaching
Additional Costs

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit two hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:
Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

  • Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500
  • Individual trips: c. £5 - £50
Related Courses

Chinese Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: 5DN2
Apply via UCAS

Chinese Studies & Medieval Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: TV11
Apply via UCAS

Chinese Studies & Religious Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: TV16
Apply via UCAS

Chinese Studies & Anthropology (BA)
UCAS Code: TL16
Apply via UCAS

Chinese Studies & English (BA)
UCAS Code: TQ13 
Apply via UCAS

Chinese Studies & Heritage (BA)
UCAS Code: CSH1
Apply via UCAS

Chinese Studies & History (BA)
UCAS Code: 46N3
Apply via UCAS

Chinese Studies & Philosophy (BA)
UCAS Code: TV1M
Apply via UCAS

Chinese Studies with Foundation Year (BA)
UCAS Code: CHF1
Apply via UCAS

Bursary / Scholarship Information
Accommodation

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Further Information

Our students do not explore all forms of human social and cultural behaviour by simply sitting and listening to how other anthropologists understand the world, they experience what is to live like them themselves.

We focus particularly on applying and engaging with theory to address social issues. We recognise that practical, first-hand engagement with ‘other’ cultures is the best way to understand the anthropological endeavour. If you choose to study with us you will be given plenty of opportunity to be an anthropologist – by applying the knowledge you learn in the classroom in the ‘real’ world.

If you would like to find out more, you can visit us on an Open Day.