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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST3051 Modern Documentary Chinese: Politics and Law

10 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Professor Frances Weightman

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 2 Chinese (or equivalent)

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


By the end of this module, students will:
- have a greater awareness and understanding of the language of documentary Chinese specific to the areas of law and politics;
- have a greater understanding of the broader significance of the particular documents studied, and of the context in which they were produced.

Learning outcomes
To 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.

Skills outcomes
- Improved reading comprehension skills of documentary Chinese, specific to the areas of law and politics;
- Improved analytical skills of complex and specialised texts;
Chinese to English translation skills.


The module will be run in student-led seminar-style classes. A variety of contemporary and important texts from the fields of politics and law in China will be chosen - given the contemporary nature of this course, the specifics of individual texts will necessarily vary from year to year.

The classes will consist of close readings of these texts, and discussion of implied meanings and the contexts from which they were produced. Key texts covered will concern either political topics such as China's democracy movement, or recently passed laws and statues.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours79.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- preparing for classes (30-40 hours)
- preparing for in-class test and exam (36-38 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Frequent monitoring of translation skills in student-led seminars
- 1 in-class assignment to prepare for unseen translation in week 6. Written feedback is provided.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentIn-class translation test in Week 10 or 1135.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)35.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S1)2 hr 00 mins65.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)65.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:13:10


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