This programme will focus on advanced-level engagement with both traditional Chinese language and Chinese Daoist 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.
Daoist Text Studies 1: “Daodejing” (SICH7026) will enable students to engage in a detailed study of the key Daoist text the Daodejing and related commentaries, realising the influence of Daodejing in both ancient and modern Chinese thought and social and cultural practices, particularly the importance of Daoism.
Daoist Text Studies 2: “Zhuangzi” (SICH7027) will focus on in-depth study of the Inner Chapters of Zhuangzi and related commentaries, as well as the ideological relationship between Daodejing and Zhuangzi.
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.
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 student to produce a substantial and high-level piece of scholarly work in the Chinese Daoist textual study.