BA Chinese Studies (dual degree options)

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


This programme combines the study of the 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.

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.

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

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

  • H120 Introduction to the History of East Asia
  • Reading and Writing East Asian Studies

Core Module

Choose a Modern Language module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits, although you may select the 60-credit module. Students who select the 60-credit module will take the same modules as per the BA Chinese (Modern and Classical) programme in their first year.

and

Guided Option

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

and

Choose from List B and/or List D below to the value of 15 credits.

or

Choose from List D or related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 15 credits.

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

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 C below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Guided Option

Choose a module(s) 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 Option

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

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

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

and

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

and

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.

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

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.

  • Ch 100: Elementary Chinese
  • Chinese 1 A
  • Chinese 1 B
  • Chinese 2
  • Chinese 3
  • Chinese 4
  • Ch 301: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Reading)
  • Ch 302: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Writing)
  • Ch 303: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Translation)
  • Ch 304: Intermediate Modern Chinese Language (Listening and speaking)
  • Ch 401: Advanced Modern Chinese Language (Listening and Speaking)
  • Ch 402: Advanced Modern Chinese (Reading and Writing)
  • Ch 404: Styles of Modern Chinese Literary Language
  • Reading Contemporary Chinese Literary Text
  • Reading Modern Chinese Literary Text

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.

  • Introduction to Classical Chinese
  • Reading Classical and Literary Chinese
  • Ch 306: Traditional Chinese Language and Literature
  • Ch 403: Traditional Chinese Language and Literature (Advanced)

List C (Language-based disciplinary modules and regional languages - subject to prerequisite)

  • Elementary Spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese)
  • Ch 305: Elementary Cantonese
  • Chinese 5: Intermediate Business Chinese
  • Chinese 6: Advanced Business Chinese
  • Tibetan (Modern) 1 A
  • Tibetan (Modern) 1 B
  • Independent Study Project in Chinese Languages and Cultures
  • Chinese Cultures on Screen and Stage
  • New Taiwan Cinema and Beyond

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
    • Literature, Politics and National Identity in Modern China
    • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora
    • Cinema and Performance in China: Critical and Historical Approaches
    • Culture and Society of Taiwan
    • Modern Korea: Culture and Society
    • Cultural History of Tibet
    • Queer Cinema in Asia
    • Cool Japan: Manga, Anime, Sushi
    • Fieldwork methods in language and culture
    • History and Memory in East Asian Cultures
    • Identity and social relations in Japanese
    • Japanese Cinema: a Critical Survey
    • Japanese New Wave Cinema: Youth, Sex and Protest
    • The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945
    • 1990's South Korean cinema: A critical Survey
    • Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature
  • 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.
    • Ethnography of China
    • Modern and Contemporary Japan
    • Early Modern Japan
    • State and Society in Traditional Korea
    • Tibetan Buddhism
  • Art and Archaeology
    • Themes in the Art and Archaeology of East Asia
    • Art and Culture in Imperial China
    • Art and Culture in Modern China
    • Art and Archaeology of Medieval China
    • Art and Archaeology of Ancient China
    • Global Cultures of Chinese Ceramics
    • Chinese Contemporary Art
    • Representing China in Museums
  • Economics
    • China and World Development
    • China's Economic Transformation
    • Contemporary issues in the Chinese economy
  • Politics
    Available to 2nd or 3rd year students.
    • Government and politics of China
    • Taiwan's Politics and International Relations
  • Law
    • Chinese Law
  • Study of Religions
    • R472 Classical Chinese Thought
    • Buddhism in Pre-Modern China
    • R471 Taoism: the Great Tradition
  • History
    • H297 Mao's China, 1890s-1970s
    • H382 Opium and Empires: Eastern Asia's Narcotic Trade and Culture in Global Context
    • Japanese Art
    • R110 Introduction to Buddhism
  • Music
    'Musical Traditions of East Asia' Prerequisite: some background in music required; convenor’s permission required.
    • Pop and Politics in East Asia
    • Musical Traditions of East Asia

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

Entry Requirements

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

Alternative entry requirements

  • 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 5 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

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Oct 2019

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