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BA Asia Pacific Studies and Chinese

Year 3

(Award available for year: Diploma of Higher Education)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year, students should have provided evidence of being able to:
- have a good command of modern Chinese grammar, to read and understand original modern Chinese literary texts, and to translate and paraphrase between English and written Chinese;
- write Chinese fluently and accurately in all language tasks and, in translation between English and Chinese, to use both languages accurately, with correct spelling and grammar;
- understand and apply the main features of Chinese syntax;
- demonstrate relatively advanced English/Chinese translation skills including literal translation and paraphrasing;
- demonstrate improved Chinese text reading skills such as intensive reading, extensive reading, skim reading and topical sentence reading;
- understand normal spoken Chinese, speak Chinese more fluently and naturally, and comprehend general media sources, both audio and written;
- demonstrate an awareness and critical understanding of approaches to the academic study of the Asia-Pacific region and China in particular;
- demonstrate a detailed understanding of the modern history of the Asia Pacific that underpins the contemporary region, states and cultures, and particularly its impact on ‘Greater China’;
- demonstrate a detailed and insightful awareness and understanding of social, cultural, political and developmental situations in the Asia Pacific at large, together with a relatively sophisticated understanding of modern Chinese society and culture, commensurate with the experience of having lived in China/Taiwan during the year abroad;
- effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of spoken and written forms;
- exercise critical analytical abilities in respect of the disciplinary modules;
- draw clear and close connections between linguistic competence and insightful understanding of contemporary China and the Asia-Pacific region more widely;
- exercise critical analytical abilities in respect of the disciplinary modules;
- apply generic and subject specific intellectual qualities to standard situations outside the context in which they were originally studied.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to practise as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment related to the subject area(s) studied
- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility
- decision making.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

- demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects/competencies of the discipline/profession to complex, albeit standard, situations and simple, albeit novel or atypical, instances;
- work that is often descriptive in nature but drawing on a wide variety of material;
- demonstrating basic professional competencies relevant to the discipline;
- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion.


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