Approaches to Chinese Studies
- Module Code:
- Year of study:
- Taught in:
- Full Year
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate:
- To have acquired a solid foundation in the core disciplines of Chinese Studies
- Familiarity with the range of approaches and theoretical frameworks in the various disciplines, and the ability to critically question and evaluate scholarship and data.
- Opportunity to specialise in the subject of interest, without missing the bigger picture.
- Ability to formulate appropriate research questions, propose and evaluate analyses and present evidence (for and/or against) these analyses.
- Ability to practice research techniques in the library and through tutor consultation.
- Ability to retrieve and select information from a variety of sources, such as specialised papers, digital material and reference books.
Total of 20 weeks teaching consisting of a 2 hour lecture.
Scope and syllabus
This module represents the vast expertise in Chinese Studies that is available at SOAS, and provides all MA students in Chinese Studies with a rounder, more comprehensive, interdisciplinary training on “the state of the field”.
The syllabus is organized thematically, in two-week units, with two lecturers from different disciplines addressing similar themes from their own perspectives. Examples include:
- Greater China
- Transformation to market economy
- Language and language policy
- Archaeological findings and their contemporary relevance
Method of assessment
An essay of 2000 words, date of submission will be given on moodle (30%); an essay of 3000 words, date of submission will be given on moodle (40%); 5 short reaction papers of between 500-800 words each of which the 3 best will count towards the final mark (30%).