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Chinese Studies and Philosophy

Entry requirements


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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Chinese studies

Humanities

- This degree combines a study of the Chinese language (Mandarin and Classical Chinese) supported by modules exploring Chinese culture in its various manifestations across the entire span of China's pre-modern and modern history, with the study of key philosophical ideas from the ancient world to the modern day.

- Philosophy is different from other academic disciplines in that it teaches you not what to think, but how to think, challenging one's beliefs and assumptions about the world.

- Both disciplines will foster a critical and reflective understanding of ideas, language and cultural assumptions.

- We take an immersive approach to learning offering a diverse range of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshop sessions.

- You will attend small-group classes with a focus on discussion and learning activities to encourage the self-development and critical reflection accepted as key to the development of personal and professional capacities.

Modules

Taking into account that student choices and requirements can differ radically, as well as ensuring a rounded knowledge of Chinese Studies and Philosophy generally, the scheme offers modules covering a wide range of topics and issues. Some of the areas covered include, for example, freedom and equality, justice, human rights, sustainable development, humanitarian intervention, environmental ethics, international politics, and activism. Options to study abroad may also be available.

Other areas of study include, for example, from basic to advanced language modules, classical Chinese, a one-year placement in China, the history and civilisation of traditional China, the modern history of China, Chinese religion and culture, Chinese cinema and politics, and Yangsheng and Daoist Body Philosophy.

** A range of modules in other disciplines is offered alongside your main subject modules. You could take modules in, for example, classics, English, creative writing or any of our other humanities subjects, whichever humanities degree-programme you choose.

Assessment methods

The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following types of assessment: essays of 1000 to 4000 words in length, document analyses, book reviews, short reports and reflective journals, timed tests, take-home? exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£13,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Lampeter Campus

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

73%
high
Chinese studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Asian studies

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

69%
Library resources
51%
IT resources
73%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

26%
UK students
74%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

E
A*
D

Combined and general studies

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
31%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

E
C
E

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Languages and area studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

94%
low
Employed or in further education
40%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Other administrative occupations
10%
Other elementary services occupations

China plays an important role in world economics and politics, and business can be very interested in graduates with good Chinese language skills. In 2015, just over 180 degrees were awarded in this subject to UK graduates, so it is still an unusual and specialist degree to take - take that into consideration before drawing definitive conclusions from the data. About one in five graduates went on to further study (mostly at Masters level) and of those who were working, a quarter went to work abroad. Most of the rest were working in the UK after six months, mainly in London. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills, even if that language is rare and valuable to business.

History by period

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£15,808
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
50%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Childcare and related personal services
11%
Leisure and travel services
9%
Other elementary services occupations

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