This programme will focus on advanced-level engagement with both traditional Chinese language and Chinese Buddhist texts and the spiritual, cultural and political values and practices that they embody.
Research Methodology for the Study of Sinology (SICH7023) will focus on enhancing the study of Sinology and the understanding of Classical Chinese language and methodologies such as textual criticism, commentary, and textual analysis.
Chinese Buddhist Scriptural Studies 1: “Infinite Life Sutra” (SICH7024) will reflect critically on the philosophical and religious ideas contained within the (Chinese) Infinite Life Sutra and their reception in both ancient and modern contexts.
Chinese Buddhist Scriptural Studies 2: “Diamond Sutra” (SICH7025) will exhibit high-level knowledge and understanding of a range of critical commentaries and other reflections upon the Diamond Sutra.
Interpretation of the Four Books (SICH7028) will exhibit knowledge and understanding of key texts from the Four Books from different historical, cultural, and philosophical/ethical perspectives.
Readings from the Governing Principles of Ancient China (SICH7029) will reflect critically on the moral, social and political philosophies expounded in selected texts from the Governing Principles of Ancient China, and their reception in both ancient and modern contexts.
An additional module, namely, Classical Chinese Texts in English (SICH7004), develops a high-level understanding of the history of, and theoretical and methodological approaches to, the translation of Classical Chinese texts into English.
Building on the taught part of the programme, the Dissertation (SICH7022) element allows the students to produce a substantial and high-level piece of scholarly work in Chinese Buddhist textual study.