Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Sociology and Chinese

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This degree provides intensive Mandarin language tuition, one year at a top Chinese university in Beijing, and analytical sociological skills for you to understand and actively engage in a global world in which China is a major superpower. Why study BA Sociology & Chinese at Goldsmiths?

  • This interdisciplinary degree gives you the chance to study sociology with a year abroad in China.
  • You’ll explore how societies, cultures and people are formed, organised and develop, alongside specific modules about Chinese culture. By studying both subjects, you’ll cover topics from Chinese literature and philosophy to global development and migration.
  • You’ll learn how to speak and write Mandarin and spend a year in China improving your language skills at a top university in Beijing and experiencing Chinese society and culture first-hand.
  • As part of the Department of Sociology, you’ll be studying in a department that’s immersed in a research-active community that’s investigating topics from human rights and social justice to inequality and the super-rich.
  • After graduating from Goldsmiths you may be able enrol for one further year of study at Capital Normal University (CNU) in China, leading to the award of a BA in Chinese from this prestigious institution.

Course details


The programme runs over four years and is taught jointly by the Confucius Institute and the world-class Department of Sociology. Over three years at Goldsmiths, you will be taught Mandarin and different aspects of Chinese society and culture. You will learn about how societies and cultures are formed and organised. What do we know of the birth and development of the modern state? What is the role of culture in people’s sense of identity and belonging? How do markets, and the control of economies, shape the lives of individuals and societies? How are people and societies formed now, in the context of new media technologies, globalisation, economic control, and military proliferation? And how are these societies now, different from those in the past? You will engage with these questions and more. You will also have the opportunity to live in Beijing for a year and to study at Capital Normal University. While in Beijing, you will continue with your Mandarin training, but you will also be able to experience Chinese society and its varied cultures first-hand. Then, when you return to London in your fourth year, you will have a chance to consolidate that learning by writing a dissertation. Throughout your studies, the Confucius Institute will provide film nights and various cultural events to complement your learning outside of the classroom. This will also give you the opportunity to meet new people and experience Chinese culture. Year 1 (credit level 4) you will take the following compulsory modules. Mandarin 1 Mandarin 2 Modern Knowledge, Modern Power Culture and Society Year 2 (credit level 5) you will take the following modules. Central Issues in Sociological Analysis Sociology of Culture and Communication Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences The Making of the Modern World You must also take two consecutive modules from the following four Mandarin modules. These must follow on consecutively from the Mandarin modules taken in year 1. Mandarin 3 30 credits Mandarin 4 30 credits Mandarin 5 30 credits Mandarin 6 30 credits Year 3 you will undertake a year abroad, studying at Capital Normal University, Beijing. This is worth 120 credits. Year 4 you will study the following modules. Advanced Audio-Visual News Comprehension Advanced Journal Reading Advanced Practical Writing Contemporary Chinese Issues Dissertation You then choose option modules up to the value of 30 credits from an available range, including: Sociology of Visuality Sociologies of Emerging Worlds Citizenship and Human Rights Global Development and Underdevelopment Race, Racism and Social Theory Childhood Matters: Society, Theory and Culture Medicine, Culture and Critique Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, and unseen written, listening and oral exams.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for entry to Year 1 of the programme.

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IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

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