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Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

The Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia is part of the Faculty of Languages and Cultures and aims through teaching and research to cover a wide spectrum of the culture of China, and to cover to a more limited extent the culture of Tibet.

The inculcation and practice of the languages of theses cultures are the essential foundation for study at any level, and all students and staff of the Department are required to develop and maintain a language competence and literacy in the culture of their specialisation. Hence the teaching of the Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, and Hokkien) and Tibetan languages occupies a major and important part of the undergraduate syllabuses.

The literatures of China and Tibet are studied both extensively and intensively, and they form the natural next step after basic language training, being both a means and an aim of higher language competence. The range of styles and genres available for study is extremely wide and covers in some cases three thousand or more years of history. Wider cultural comprehension is built up over the undergraduate courses both through the content of the literature studied and through mainstream and background sources covering such aspects as religion, philosophy, political and social history, family life, and inter-cultural intercourse.

MA degrees are taught in Chinese Literature, Sinology, and East Asian Literature, MPhil and PhD degrees are offered in Chinese and Tibetan.