SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

BA Chinese Studies (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

duration:
3 years

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£17,750


Fees for 2019/20 entrants. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

Entry requirements

  • Interview Policy: Candidates with ‘non-standard’ qualifications may be invited for interview.
A Levels:
AAB-ABB
IB:
35 (665 at HL)

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BTEC: DDM

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Who is this programme for?:

This programme is for applicants who have intermediate to advanced language skills and are looking for a programme where they can acquire China-related knowledge across disciplines while working with the language at a suitable level.  At the same time, there are also ab-initio students who require a shorter programme without a year abroad. This programme caters to both types of students. 

Please note that this BA programme will undergo a structural reform for 2019/20. Although the overall scope and learning outcomes will remain mostly unchanged, there may be minor changes to the core module and the selection of guided options. These changes are designed to improve the student experience and engagement with the subject matter, based on feedback from current and previous students.

This programme combines the study of Chinese language with the study of China-related subjects in various disciplines. Compared to the existing single-subject BA Chinese degree, there is less emphasis on language learning. Compared to the existing 2-degree BA Chinese and… degree, there is more space to study China-related courses in a range of disciplines. The programme also differs from the existing offerings in that there is no year abroad included.

Through the course of the three years, students take units in modern Chinese at the appropriate level. They can start as complete beginners, or they can start from higher levels. Progression through a total of four levels is offered, whereas for those who exceed the highest level, language-based courses in literature and film, as well as a language-based dissertation, are available. The programme also offers courses in regional languages, namely Cantonese and Hokkien.

The programme will be attractive both to students who wish to study China-related subjects without a strong emphasis on language, and to students who wish to work at an advanced language level within a more traditional “sinological” framework, as it is offered at most other universities.

Convenors

Key Information Set Data

Structure

Modules are divided into different categories, under four lists: List A: Modern Chinese language modules; List B: Classical Chinese language modules; List C: Language-based disciplinary modules and regional languages; List D: Non-language based disciplinary modules.

The programme does not include a year abroad.

Year 1
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ch 103: History and Culture of China 155901001 30 Full Year
Core Module

Choose a Modern Language module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits

AND
Guided Option

Choose from List B or List D below to the value of 30 credits

AND
Guided Option
 

Choose a module(s) from Any List below to the value of 30 credits

OR
Open Options

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits

Year 2
Core Module

Choose a Modern Language module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits

AND
Guided Option

Choose a module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits

AND
Guided Option

Choose a module(s) from List C or List D below to the value of 30 credits

AND
Guided Option

Choose a module(s) from Any List below to the value of 30 credits

OR
Open Option

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits

Year 3
Guided Option

Choose a module(s) from List A or List B below to the value of 30 credits

AND
Guided Option

Choose a module(s) from List C or List D below to the value of 30 credits

AND
Guided Option

Choose a module(s) from Any List below to the value of 30 credits

AND
Guided Option

Choose a module(s) from Any List below to the value of 30 credits

OR
Open Option

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits

List of Modules (subject to availability)

Choose 30 credits from any list or an open option.

List A (Modern Language)

Available to students depending on their language ability

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ch 101: Elementary Modern Chinese Language 1 155901217 30 Full Year
Ch 102: Elementary Modern Chinese Language 2 155901218 30 Full Year
Chinese 1 A 155906022 15 Term 1
Chinese 1 B 155906023 15 Term 2
Chinese 2 155900829 30 Full Year
Chinese 3 155901097 30 Full Year
Chinese 4 155901144 30 Full Year
Ch 301: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Reading) 155903004 15 Full Year
Ch 302: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Writing) 155903005 15 Full Year
Ch 303: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Translation) 155903006 15 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Ch 304: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Listening and speaking) 155903007 15 Full Year
Ch 401: Advanced Modern Chinese Language (Listening and Speaking) 155903008 15 Full Year
Ch 402: Advanced Modern Chinese (Reading and Writing) 155903009 15 Full Year
Ch 404: Styles of Modern Chinese Literary Language 155901332 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Reading Contemporary Chinese Literary Text 155903012 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Reading Modern Chinese Literary Text 155903013 15 Term 1
List B (Classical Language)

The four modules below represent a pathway progressing through four levels of learning. Only one module per year can be studied from this list.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ch 104: Introduction to Classical Chinese 155901219 30 Full Year
Reading Classical and Literary Chinese 155901234 30 Full Year
Ch 306: Traditional Chinese Language and Literature 155901227 30 Full Year
Ch 403: Traditional Chinese Language and Literature (Advanced) 155901232 30 Full Year
List C (Language-based disciplinary modules and regional languages - subject to prerequisite)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Elementary Spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) 155901249 30 Full Year
Ch 305: Elementary Cantonese 155901228 30 Full Year
Chinese 5: Intermediate Business Chinese 155901409 30 Full Year
Chinese 6: Advanced Business Chinese 155903010 15 Full Year
Tibetan (Modern) 1 A 155906024 15 Term 1
Tibetan (Modern) 1 B 155906025 15 Term 2
Independent Study Project in Chinese Languages and Cultures 155901230 30 Full Year
Chinese Cultures on Screen and Stage 155903014 15 Term 1
New Taiwan Cinema and Beyond 155903011 15 Term 2
List D (Non-Language Modules)

Before selecting a course, student's must first check that the course is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

Culture
Module Code Credits Term Availability
History and Memory in East Asian Cultures 155903015 15 Term 2
Literature, Politics and National Identity in Modern China 155903017 15 Term 1
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 155903002 15 Term 2
Cinema and Performance in China: Critical and Historical Approaches 155903001 15 Term 1
Japanese Cultural History to 1600: Power, Belief, Creativity 155901199 15 Term 1
Japanese Cultural History 1600 to 1945: Power, Belief, Creativity 155901200 15 Term 2
Modern Korea 1: History 155901428 15 Term 1
Modern Korea 2: Culture and Society 155901429 15 Term 2
Cultural History of Tibet 155903018 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Imagining Tibet 155903019 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Cool Japan: Manga, Anime, Sushi 155901416 15 Term 1
Fieldwork methods in language and culture 155901417 15 Term 2
Identity and social relations in Japanese 155901418 15 Term 1
Japanese Cinema: a Critical Survey 155904000 15 Term 1
Japanese New Wave Cinema: Youth, Sex and Protest 155904001 15 Term 2
History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century 155901263 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945 155901356 15 Term 2
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature 155901390 15 Term 2
1990's South Korean cinema: A critical Survey 155901401 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Anthropology

Available to year 2 or 3 students only. Prerequisite: “Introduction to Social Anthropology” to be taken in in Year 1 as an open option.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ethnography of China 151802079 15 Term 2
Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of East Asia 154900163 15 Term 1
Art and Culture in Imperial China 154900140 15 Term 2
Art and Culture in Modern China 154900141 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Art and Archaeology of Medieval China 154900142 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Art and Archaeology of Ancient China 154900143 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Chinese Art and Modernity 154900167 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Global Cultures of Chinese Ceramics 154900170 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Chinese Contemporary Art 154900174 15 Term 1
Economics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
China and World Development 153401003 15 Term 2
China's Economic Transformation 153401004 15 Term 1
Politics

Available to 2nd or 3rd year students.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Government and politics of China 153400071 30 Full Year
Taiwan's Politics and International Relations 153400072 30 Full Year
Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Chinese Law 155200055 30 Full Year
Study of Religions
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Classical Chinese Thought 158000103 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Buddhism in Pre-Modern China 158000201 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Taoism: the Great Tradition 158000181 15 Term 2
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H297 Modern China 154800281 30 Full Year
H382 Opium and Empires: Eastern Asia's Narcotic Trade and Culture in Global Context 154800294 30 Full Year
Music

'Musical Traditions of East Asia' Prerequisite: some background in music required; convenor’s permission required.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Pop and Politics in East Asia 155800077 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Musical Traditions of East Asia 155800078 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

This programme does not have a year abroad.

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, in modules of 60, 45, 30 or 15 credits. They are taught over 10 or 20 weeks. The programme structure shows which modules are taught over one term or the full year. It also shows which modules are compulsory and which are optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others.

More information is on the page for each module.

Fees and funding

Employment

As a graduate who specialised in China and Inner Asia, you will have gained competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a study of language in combination with literature, development studies, economics, geography, history, history of art and archaeology, law, linguistics, music, politics, social anthropology or religion.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail,analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

Allen and Overy LLP
BBC
China-Eu School of Law
ChinaContact Consulting
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dah Sing Financial Holdings Ltd.
Embassy of Belgium
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
German Embassy Tokyo
Goldman Sachs International
Halo Associates (Asia) Ltd
Independent Power Corporation PLC
Oxford University Press
SiChuan WenJun Spirits Company
the International Herald Tribune
The University of Hong Kong
United Nations Population Fund
University of Cambridge
Washington State House of Representatives

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

Editor and Translator
Under Secretary
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility
Solicitor
Medical Secretary
Press Attache
Regional Chief of Photography
Project Manager
Economic Counsellor
Lecturer
Professional Translator
Director of Research for China
Social Worker
Head, Asia Programme
Photographer
Professorial Research Associate
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Archaeology
Energy Consultant
Independent Columnist and Reporter
Art Curator

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

If I were to describe SOAS in one sentence it would say that you will hear at least six different languages on the same day while you casually walk through the corridors of the university.

Stephanie Koch

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