MA Advanced Chinese Studies
Duration: 2 Year Full Time
Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
The two-year MA Advanced Chinese Studies offers comprehensive language-based training across a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
Students on the programme take four taught courses at SOAS during their first year, including a team-taught core course provided by a range of SOAS China experts. In addition, students take a text-reading seminar, allowing them to integrate their Chinese reading skills into their disciplinary studies, or an approved language-based course. Further courses can be selected from available disciplines including Anthropology, Art and Archaeology, Cinema, Cultural and Regional Studies, Economics, History, Law, Literature, Music, Politics, and Study of Religions.
In their second year, students will undertake an extended period of study at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, where they will follow a tailor-made bilingual programme in Chinese Studies. Options for short-term internships with local companies will be made available. The second half of the second year will be taken up with the writing of the dissertation under close supervision back in London.
The programme is aimed at students pursuing careers in the academic world, business, government and the media that require a skill set which encompasses disciplinary rigour, comprehensive area knowledge and cultural and linguistic fluencies. Applicants should have at least intermediate-level proficiency in modern Chinese (HSK Level 4). The language element of the training will be tailored to meet the needs of students’ existing language skills. Alternative elements are available for applicants not in need of further Chinese language training, such as native speakers of Chinese.
Please address your enquiries concerning the MA Advanced Chinese Studies to Lucy Driver.
In the first year at SOAS students on the programme take the team-taught core course provided by a range of SOAS China experts Approaches to Chinese Studies - 15PCIC001 and two taught courses (2 Units) from the list given below. In addition, students take a Reading Seminar in Chinese Studies - 15PCIC003 (1 Unit) or an approved language-based course (1 Unit).
In their second year, students will undertake a Period of Study at Partner University (15PCIC004) at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, where they will follow a tailor-made bilingual programme in Chinese Studies. Options for short-term internships with local companies will be made available. The second half of the second year will be taken up with the writing of the dissertation under close supervision back in London (Extended Dissertation in Chinese Studies 15PCIC999).
These courses should be chosen in close consultation with the programme convenor.
- Approaches to Chinese Studies - 15PCIC001 (1 Unit) - Full Year
China and Inner Asia
- Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora - 15PCHH002 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Modern Chinese Literature (MA) - 15PCHC003 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Modern Chinese Literature in Translation - 15PCHC002 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Traditional Chinese Language and Literature - 15PCHC005 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2015/2016
- Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation - 15PCHC004 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Understanding Contemporary China - 15PCIC002 (1 Unit)
- Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) - 15PCHH001 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
Available as a minor only
- Modern Documentary Texts - 15PEAC007 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Society and Culture in Taiwan - 15PCHH003 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) - 15PCHC008 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) - 15PCHC011 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) - 15PCHC009 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) - 15PCHC012 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) - 15PCHC010 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Special Chinese: Advanced Chinese for Business and Management - 15PCHH006 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) - 15PCHC007 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Practical Translation: Chinese to English - 15PCHH004 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Practical Translation: English to Chinese - 15PCHH005 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) - 15PCHC018 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Styles of Modern Chinese Literary Language - 15PCHC016 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Reading Seminar in Chinese Studies - 15PCIC003 (1 Unit)
Art and Archaeology
- Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road - 15PARC032 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Ancient Chinese Civilisation - 15PARC026 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2015/2016
Available as a minor only
- Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th - 18th Centuries - 15PARH046 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
Anthropology and Sociology (minor only)
- Culture and Society of China - 15PANC089 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Media and Film Studies
- Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli - 15PJKH007 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde - 15PJKH008 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- East Asia and globalisation - 15PDSH025 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2015/2016
- Economic problems and policies in modern China - 15PECC035 (1 Unit) - Full Year - Not Running 2015/2016
- Economic development of modern Taiwan - 15PECH002 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- Economic dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region - 15PECC334 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Politics and International Studies
- Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations - 15PPOC252 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- State and society in the Chinese political process - 15PPOC012 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- China and international politics - 15PPOC018 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- International politics of East Asia - 15PPOC251 (1 Unit) - Full Year
Available as a minor only
- Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan - 15PPOC253 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Modern Chinese Law and Institutions - 15PLAC139 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Chinese commercial law - 15PLAC106 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) - 15PMUH014 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) - 15PMUH016 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- African Missionaries - 15PSRH043 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
- East Asian Buddhist Thought - 15PSRH018 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2015/2016
- Chinese Buddhism in the Pre-Modern Period - 15PSRC160 (1 Unit) - Full Year
- The Great Tradition of Taoism - 15PSRH036 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2015/2016
- Chinese Religious Texts: A Reading Seminar - 15PSRH038 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1 - Not Running 2015/2016
- Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China - 15PHIH024 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
- Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China - 15PHIH022 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2
Teaching & Learning
Teaching & Learning
Lectures and Seminars
Most courses require students to attend two or three hours of classes each week. This time will be spent in lectures, seminars, tutorial discussions and student presentations: the exact mixture of activities varies somewhat from course to course. At Masters level there is a particular emphasis on students’ contributions and presentations, and students are also expected to read extensively and prepare for each class in advance.
Language courses typically involve more hours of contact time, especially at elementary level, and regular homework.
The assessment on most courses consists of two or three coursework essay assignments and an unseen written examination, sat in April or May. However, some courses are assessed purely on the basis of coursework, including essays and reaction papers.
A 20,000-word dissertation will be written by each student on this programme after his/her return from China, for submission in September of the second year. The dissertation will be on an approved topic linked with one of the taught courses.
SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources. The China and Inner Asia collection consists of approximately 200,000 volumes and 5,000 periodicals.
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Application Deadline: 2015-03-20 17:00
Application Deadline: 2015-05-01 17:00
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