BA China Studies

General

Program Description

Overview

Taught in English, the BA China Studies programme provides the opportunity to apply theories from the humanities and social sciences to your understanding and analysis of China, its history and culture, society and politics, business and economics.

You will follow one of two pathways that lead to two different careers. If you are interested in teaching the Chinese language as a career, you will be directed towards the 'Teaching Chinese as an International Language' pathway. If your interest lies in the study and application of the social sciences, including teaching, you will be directed towards the 'Contemporary China Studies' pathway.

Students on both pathways study the same modules in Years One and Two. The modules are different for each pathway in Years Three and Four.

This programme is not available on the 2+2 route.

Why Should I Study China Studies at XJLTU?

  • The best place to learn about China is 'in-country', and Suzhou is one of the most culturally and economically vibrant places in China
  • The programme includes opportunities for fieldwork around China
  • Taught in English, the programme includes opportunities to learn Chinese and to study a broad range of topics including those related to China's history and culture, society and politics, business and economics.

The degree is open to both Chinese and international students and is taught in English. International students who meet academic and English language requirements may enter directly into Year Two.

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the BA China Studies programme, you will have:

  • an advanced level of proficiency in both English and modern standard Chinese
  • a strong understanding of humanities and social science theories
  • an in-depth understanding of Chinese history and contemporary China's society, culture, and development

Modules

Year One

UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

Year Two

  • Chinese civilisation
  • Chinese history
  • Twentieth century China
  • Doing business in China
  • Introduction to classical Chinese
  • China: society and development
  • Communications in China
  • China: government and politics
  • Introduction to Chinese literature
  • Modern standard Chinese or English language.

Year Three

Pathway A: Teaching Chinese as an international language

  • Modern and contemporary Chinese literature
  • Introduction to linguistics
  • Applied linguistics
  • Teaching Chinese as an international language I
  • Teaching Chinese as an international language II
  • Classical Chinese II
  • Modern standard Chinese or English language.

Pathway B: Contemporary China Studies

Choose three from the following:

  • International China
  • China: family and society
  • China: enterprise and enterprise development
  • Chinese cinema
  • Classical Chinese II

Choose three from the following:

  • China and Asia
  • China: social stratification and change
  • China: regional development
  • China and the digital revolution
  • Modern and contemporary Chinese literature.

Year Four

Pathway A: Teaching Chinese as an international language

  • Chinese theatre and performance
  • Chinese linguistics
  • Language and literature
  • Teaching Chinese as an international language II
  • Modern standard Chinese or Chinese as a global language
  • Introduction to second language acquisition
  • Chinese writing
  • Final year project

Pathway B: Contemporary China Studies

Choose three from the following:

  • Local government in China
  • West China
  • China: international trade
  • Chinese theatre and performance
  • Chinese linguistics
  • Modern standard Chinese or Chinese as a global language

Choose three from the following:

  • China: social policy
  • China: understanding gender
  • China: the public sector
  • Portrayal of China in Western media
  • Classical Chinese III
  • Introduction to second language acquisition

Plus:

  • Final year project

Careers

Graduates have a wide variety of career choices in addition to the opportunity for further graduate study. Typically, students from this programme are employed by companies and organisations looking to link with China in fields such as international business, economics, financial services, government, diplomacy, journalism, education, development and NGO activities.

Entry Requirements

Entry into Year One

We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in all subjects as well as relevant subjects.

Entry into Year Two

Students who have completed A-levels or International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two, different programmes have different subject-relevant requirements.

  • A-level: BBB
  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • Advanced Placement Tests/Subject SATS--High school diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above, plus:
    • Redesigned SAT: 1280+ (students that took the SATs previous to 2016 will require 1800+) or ACT: 27, and 2 AP examinations: 4+ or 2 SAT subject tests: 600+ or
    • 3 AP examinations: 4+ or
    • 3 SAT subjects: 600+
Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. ... Read More

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. Read less