This is a four-year multidisciplinary degree in which the compulsory Chinese language and culture modules will be taught at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLaC) and in the Department of History. You may choose a selection of other modules relevant to the study of China from other departments, including Anthropology, Education, Government and International Affairs, Economics, and Religious Studies. In addition, you may choose to take additional modules offered by MLaC including European languages and Japanese. All students will spend their third year studying the Chinese language at a university in China. Students are not expected to have any previous knowledge of Chinese, but a pathway is available if you have an A level or equivalent qualification in Chinese. Year 1 You will take a double module in Chinese, including the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, a module in Chinese culture introducing the philosophy, art and literature of China, a module in Chinese history and two option modules from an extensive list. Core modules: Chinese Language 1B or Chinese Language 2B for post-A level entrants (double module) Introduction to Chinese Culture A module on Chinese history offered by the History Department Year 2 You will take a double module in Chinese language, including the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, a module in Chinese film, a module in Chinese history and two option modules from an extensive list. Core modules: Chinese Language 2B (double) or Chinese Language 2A (single) Chinese Cinema A module on Chinese history offered by the History Department Year 3 The third year is spent in China studying the language full-time at a Chinese university. You are required to take all the examinations specified by your host university, but the marks for these do not count towards the final degree mark. You will complete a 5,000-word project in English with a 1,000-character abstract in Chinese on some aspect of China, at your choice with guidance from Durham staff. Year 4 You will take a double module in Chinese language, a single text reading module in Chinese and a 40-credit Dissertation plus one other module, following either the History route or the Modern languages and cultures route. Core modules: Chinese Language 4 (double) Chinese Historical & Literary Texts Dissertation Either History route: 40-credit Dissertation in History History and Memory in East Asia. Or MLAC route: 40-credit China-related MLaC Dissertation 20-credit module from MLaC or another department. We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2020 entry from September 2019. Study Abroad School of Modern Languages and Cultures We attach great importance to your time abroad, during the third year of your degree, which most students spend as a student at a university in China. This is a time of enormous linguistic and personal development from which you should gain a high level of fluency in your language(s) and enjoy a unique opportunity to make new friends, appreciate new cultures and learn to work and study in new ways. Employers at home and abroad are impressed by the lasting benefits, especially in increased linguistic confidence, intercultural agility and general self-motivation. During the year abroad you will complete an academic assignment related to each of the countries in which you stay. You will need to pass these in order to fulfil the requirements of the BA in Chinese Studies with Year Abroad. For more information on this course, please see our website.
You will take a double module in Chinese, including the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, a module in Chinese culture introducing the philosophy, art and literature of China, a module in Chinese history and two option modules from an extensive list. Core modules: Chinese Language 1B or Chinese Language 1A for post-A level entrants (double module) Introduction to Chinese Culture A module on Chinese history offered by the History Department. Typically you will have 12 hours of classroom teaching per week in the three years of the degree based in Durham. Language modules involve six hours per week of teaching, while modules on culture, history and other topics are usually taught by means of weekly lectures and fortnightly seminars. Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered. For more information on the content of this course, including module details, please see our website.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Our contextual offer for this programme is A level AAB (or equivalent), which we will reduce to A level BBB (or equivalent, to include at least a grade B in any language to be studied Post-A Level) if you choose it as your firm choice. To find out if you’re eligible, please visit: www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contextualoffers/.
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Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|