SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

Approaches to Chinese Studies

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2021/2022
FHEQ Level:
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:

  1. Nationalism 
  2. Greater China 
  3. Transformation to market economy
  4. Language and language policy
  5. Media
  6. 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%).


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