SOAS University of London

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

MA Chinese Studies (Literature Pathway) (2020 entry)

Select year of entry: 2021 2020

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Overview

The Chinese Literature pathway will not run in 2020/21.

This programme enables students to engage critically with the varied aspects of Chinese literature.

This programme covers both pre-modern and modern literatures of China. It includes the study of literary works written in the original languages, as well as an introduction to literary theory.

For students on this programme the dissertation must be on a subject in Chinese Literature.

Please note that to be considered for the MA Chinese Studies (Literature pathway) programme you will need apply for MA Chinese Studies and select the relevant literature modules at enrolment.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

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duration:
One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Fees 2020/21

UK/EU fees:
£10,170
Overseas fees:
£20,930

Fees for 2020/21 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

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Structure

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation, 30 credits of core modules, 60 credits of compulsory modules, and the remaining 30 credits can be from the list of optional modules.

All modules are subject to availability.

Compulsory Dissertation

The dissertation must be on a subject in Chinese Literature.

Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia 15PCHC999 60 Full Year
Core Modules

Students select 30 credits from the following module:

OR

Select the following two modules:

Module Code Credits Term
Literature, Politics and National Identity in Modern China (PG) 15PCHH042 15 Term 1
Compulsory Modules

Students must take the following module.

AND

30 credits from one of the modules below.

Module Code Credits Term
Optional Modules

Students may take 30 credits from the list below. Please note that some of the modules listed below may have a language requirement.

China and Inner Asia
Module Code Credits Term
Connections and Intersections: Core Aspects of East Asian Studies 15PJKH025 15 Term 1
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora (PG) 15PCHH002 15 Term 2
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (PG) 15PCHH001 15 Term 1
Japan and Korea
Module Code Credits Term
Japanese Traditional Drama (PG) 15PEAH013 15 Term 1
Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 1 (PG) 15PJKH028 15 Term 2
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature (PG) 15PJKH006 15 Term 1
Writing from the Margins: Minority Voices in Modern Japanese Literature, 1945 to the Present (PG) 15PJKH031 15 Term 1
Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
Module Code Credits Term
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 30 Full Year
Social And Political Trends In 19th Century Turkish Literature 15PNMC373
Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 15 Term 2
Classical Ottoman Texts (PG) 15PNMC385 15 Term 1
Classical Persian Poetry: Texts and Traditions (PG) 15PNMC401 15 Full Year
Literatures of South Asia 15PSAC284 30 Full Year
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters) 15PSEH009 15 Term 2
English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 15 Term 1
Language
Module Code Credits Term
Chinese 1 A (PG) 15PCHH031 15 Term 1
Chinese 1 B (PG) 15PCHH032 15 Term 2
Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 30 Full Year
Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 30 Full Year
Korean 1 A (PG) 15PJKH037 15 Term 1
Korean 1 B (PG) 15PJKH038 15 Term 2
Korean 2 (PG) 15PJKC024 30 Full Year
Korean 3 (PG) 15PJKC013 30 Full Year
Japanese 1 A (PG) 15PJKH035 15 Term 1
Japanese 1 B (PG) 15PJKH036 15 Term 2
Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 30 Full Year
Japanese 3 (PG) 15PJKC010 30 Full Year
Japanese 4 (PG) 15PJKC011 30 Full Year
Japanese-English Translation (PG) 15PJKH003 15 Term 2
Non literature modules (China/East Asia Related):
Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term
Arts of Modern and Contemporary China (since 1800) 15PARH055 15 Term 2
Themes in the Visual Arts of Dynastic China (before 1800) 15PARH051 15 Term 1
Chinese Porcelain: Trade, Transfer and Reception 15PARH064 15 Term 1
Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th - 18th Centuries 15PARH046 15 Term 2
Anthropology and Sociology
Module Code Credits Term
Culture and Society of Taiwan 15PCHH003 15 Term 1
Media and Film Studies
Module Code Credits Term
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 15 Term 1
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 15 Term 2
Economics
Module Code Credits Term
China and World Development 15PECH023 15 Term 2
Politics and International Studies
Module Code Credits Term
Music
Module Code Credits Term
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 15 Term 2
Religion
Module Code Credits Term
East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 15 Term 2
Chinese Buddhism in Pre-Modern Period 15PSRH053 15 Term 1
The Great Tradition of Taoism 15PSRH036 15 Term 2
History
Module Code Credits Term
Gender and Empire in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 15 Term 2
Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 15 Term 1
The Making of Modern Korea, 1864-1953 15PJKH032 15 Term 1
The Two Koreas since 1953 (PG) 15PJKH033 15 Term 2

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. 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. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge
  • To obtain a solid knowledge of the texts and contexts of modern and traditional Chinese literature.
  • To translate and interpret different writing styles and genres.
  • To obtain a thorough grounding in the theories and techniques of comparative literature.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Students should become able to assess data and evidence critically from manuscripts and digital sources, solve problems of conflicting sources and interpretations, locate materials, and use research sources.
  • Students should become aware of culturally essentialist and/or Eurocentric models of analysis of non-Western literatures and cultures and related intellectual debates, and acquire the intellectual skills to assess them critically.
  • Students should become aware of and think through the problems involved in applying a mainly “Western” body of literary theory to Chinese texts.
  • Students should become able to question interpretations, however authoritative, and reassess evidence independently.
Subject-based practical skills
  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Present seminar papers in an effective manner.
  • Discuss ideas introduced during seminars.
  • Practice research techniques in a variety of specialized research libraries and institutes.
  • Exercise and increase their reading ability in modern and/or classical Chinese.
Transferrable skills

The programme will encourage students to:

  • Write good essays and dissertations.
  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Understand unconventional ideas.
  • Study a variety of written and digital materials that they will not have been exposed to as undergraduates.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2020/21 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second & subsequent years of study will be higher. Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years Part-time 4 Years
Intensive Language only
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
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UK/EU
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Overseas
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UK/EU
Students
Overseas
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£10,170 £20,930 £5,085 £10,460 £3,390 £6,975 £5,085 £10,460

Scholarships

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

A postgraduate degree in Chinese Literature from SOAS equips students with essential skills such as competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through the indepth study of Chinese Literature, both pre-modern and modern and the study of literary theory in relation to this literature.  

Postgraduate students gain linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research or to seek professional and management careers in business, public and charity sectors. They leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including 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.

A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

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

A Student's Perspective

The best thing about my time here is that there has been a huge improvement in my language skills and I have become more aware of people from various backgrounds. 

Alice Yuen

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