T102 Chinese Studies with Year Abroad BA Undergraduate 2020
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|Typical Offers||A Level|
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This is a four-year multidisciplinary degree in which the compulsory Chinese language and culture modules will be taught at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLaC) and in the Department of History. You may choose a selection of other modules relevant to the study of China from other departments, including Anthropology, Education, Government and International Affairs, Economics, and Religious Studies. In addition, you may choose to take additional modules offered by MLaC including European languages and Japanese. All students will spend their third year studying the Chinese language at a university in China. Students are not expected to have any previous knowledge of Chinese, but a pathway is available if you have an A level or equivalent qualification in Chinese.
A full list of the modules currently available can be accessed here: www.durham.ac.uk/mlac/chinesestudies/modules
You will take a double module in Chinese, including the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, a module in Chinese culture introducing the philosophy, art and literature of China, a module in Chinese history and two option modules from an extensive list.
- Chinese Language 1B or Chinese Language 2B for post-A level entrants (double module)
- Introduction to Chinese Culture
- A module on Chinese history offered by the History Department
You will take a double module in Chinese language, including the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, a module in Chinese film, a module in Chinese history and two option modules from an extensive list.
- Chinese Language 2B (double) or Chinese Language 2A (single)
- Chinese Cinema
- A module on Chinese history offered by the History Department
The third year is spent in China studying the language full-time at a Chinese university. You are required to take all the examinations specified by your host university, but the marks for these do not count towards the final degree mark. You will complete a 5,000-word project in English with a 1,000-character abstract in Chinese on some aspect of China, at your choice with guidance from Durham staff.
You will take a double module in Chinese language, a single text reading module in Chinese and a 40-credit Dissertation plus one other module, following either the History route or the Modern languages and cultures route.
- Chinese Language 4 (double)
- Chinese Historical & Literary Texts
Either History route:
- 40-credit Dissertation in History
- History and Memory in East Asia.
Or MLAC route:
- 40-credit China-related MLaC Dissertation
- 20-credit module from MLaC or another department.
We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2020 entry from September 2019.
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
We attach great importance to your time abroad, during the third year of your degree, which most students spend as a student at a university in China. This is a time of enormous linguistic and personal development from which you should gain a high level of fluency in your language(s) and enjoy a unique opportunity to make new friends, appreciate new cultures and learn to work and study in new ways. Employers at home and abroad are impressed by the lasting benefits, especially in increased linguistic confidence, intercultural agility and general self-motivation. During the year abroad you will complete an academic assignment related to each of the countries in which you stay. You will need to pass these in order to fulfil the requirements of the BA in Chinese Studies with Year Abroad.
You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.
Course Learning and Teaching
Typically you will have 12 hours of classroom teaching per week in the three years of the degree based in Durham. Language modules involve six hours per week of teaching, while modules on culture, history and other topics are usually taught by means of weekly lectures and fortnightly seminars.
Classroom teaching is an important part of your learning, but this is only the beginning. It provides a starting point for your development as an independent, self-motivated learner. The majority of your time will be spent working independently, reading widely, making notes, finding sources of information, listening to and viewing audiovisual materials. For each hour of timetabled classroom teaching, you will be expected to carry out approximately four hours of independent study and research.
A significant proportion of this time will be spent preparing and completing assessment tasks. In core language modules, heavy emphasis is placed on formative assessment as an ongoing element of the learning process, progressively preparing you for written and oral assessments. In other modules, most assessment is largely consisting of a mix of essays and written examinations.
In addition to regular support and feedback from module teachers and conveners, your learning will be supported at the individual level by a personal Academic Adviser, who will meet with you three times a year to discuss your overall progress. This support network continues during the Year Abroad, when every student is supported by a designated Target Language Research Project Supervisor.
The Year Abroad is a key element in the progressive, developmental education that Chinese Studies at Durham seeks to provide, fostering the accelerated acquisition of language skills and expanding intercultural competence. You will work independently during your time abroad on preparation for your final-year dissertation and the Target Language Research Project(s) submitted at the beginning of your final year.
In general, there will be an increasing emphasis on independent learning and research skills, culminating in the final-year dissertation and Target Language Research Project. Rather than imparting detailed information, the main aim of the teaching you receive will be to help you to learn how to learn – guiding you towards using resources effectively, thinking critically and formulating persuasive arguments.
Subject requirements, level and grade
You are not expected to have any previous knowledge of Chinese, but if you do have an A level (or equivalent) in Chinese, then you can enter the Advanced stream from Year 1.
A level offer – AAB Grade A in History is required, if taking the History option.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma – DDD Grade A in History is required, if taking the History option.
IB Diploma score – 36 With 665 in higher level subjects. Please see above for subject requirements.
In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:
- We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. Please contact our Admissions Selectors for more information.
- If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take an International Foundation Year pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.
- We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.
Science A levels
Applicants taking Science A levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This applies only to applicants sitting A levels with an English examination board.
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The tuition fees shown for home and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.
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School of Modern Languages and Cultures
A BA in Modern Languages from Durham will provide you with an impressive and unique portfolio of cultural knowledge, transferable skills and placement experiences that is much valued by employers worldwide. The combination of linguistic ability, intellectual rigour and cultural understanding that you acquire during your course makes you eminently employable in a wide range of careers both here and abroad. These include specialist occupations, such as interpreting, translation and teaching, but also industry, business, marketing, finance, the civil service, the European Union agencies, law and the media. In fact, statistics from the Higher Education Statistics Agency reveal that language graduates are on average 10-15% better paid than other arts graduates and have the lowest unemployment rates overall (only outdone by those in medicine and law). With the UK as a whole now producing fewer and fewer linguists, graduates in Modern Languages are increasingly sought after. As one employer put it, 'the ability to communicate internationally is becoming a pre-requisite for success'.
In particular, the Year Abroad, which is and will continue to be an integral part of all our degree programmes, will give you a headstart in the job market. There is significant evidence that the experience of working and studying abroad delivers not just improved language abilities and increased knowledge but also greatly enhanced intercultural, problem-solving and personal skills. These are a factor in landing first and subsequent jobs for over 70% of language graduates, a significant factor for over 30%, and the determining factor for about 10%. Employers are becoming increasingly aware that language graduates who have spent a year abroad are amongst the most mature, adaptable and independent people entering the job market.
For inspiring examples of where a Durham Modern Languages degree can lead to, read our MLAC Alumni Stories.
My placement during my year abroad and experience in Peru led to my return to work there after graduation, and promotion to regional manager within 5 months.
Of those students that left in 2017:
90% are in employment or further study six months after graduating
Of those in employment:
- 89% are in graduate level employment
- Median salary £25,000
(Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2016/17 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found here:www.hesa.ac.uk/support/definitions/destinations)
Durham University Modern Language graduates enter a wide range of occupational areas including management; publishing; marketing; translation; teaching; business and finance. Our graduates find employment with a wide range of employers both in the public and private sector including the British Council; Barclay's Wealth; Deloitte; Ernst and Young; Goldman Sachs, Grant Thornton; Pharmacia; PwC; Proctor and Gamble; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; the NHS and Teach First. Roles our graduates progress into include copyright and marketing executive; banker; journalist; teacher; trainee tax advisor; research executive; buyer; live subtitler; trainee investment banker; translation checker; writer and translator.
Study and work abroad
MLaC students spend a year abroad after their second year of study. This involves studying and/or working abroad which enriches their cultural awareness and develops the essential employability skills sought by graduate employers.
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