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Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

Chinese 402: BA Dissertation in Chinese Studies

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Year 4
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Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The objective of this course is to provide the students with an introduction to important publications and issues in Chinese Studies, and with advanced training in academic writing. This fourth-year course is the culmination of the research and writing training provided throughout the new BA Chinese programme (Year 1: training in essay writing as part of the “History and culture course”; Year 2: research project during the year abroad; Year 3: essay assignments for individual course units; Year 4: dissertation). The main learning outcome of the course is the production of a 9,000 word BA dissertation written in English (with a summary in Chinese).


This course runs over 22 weeks. In the first term students will have 3 hours of lectures. In the second term students will have a minimum of 2 group research supervision sessions of 3 hours each.

Scope and syllabus

In term 1 the course is team-taught and by the middle of this term students must hand in a draft research proposal for their dissertation. In the second half of this term students must give a short oral presentation on their chosen topic. 

In term 2 students work on their individual projects with a supervisor. Supervisors will have regular meetings with the students they supervise to discuss their progress.

Method of assessment

One dissertation of 9,000 words due on day 5, week 1 of term 3 (90%). A research proposal and oral presentation in term 1 given on day 1 after reading week, term 1 (10%).