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2009/10 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Chinese

Programme code:MA-CHINUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Frances Weightman & Dr Heather Xiaoquan Zhang Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good first degree in relevant subject or equivalent working experience

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Centre for Chinese Business and Development/Department of East Asian Studies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Taught Postgraduate Committee, Department of East Asian Studies, incorporating the Examinations Committee of Centre for Chinese Business and Development

Programme specification:

The programme will provide students without prior knowledge of Chinese with the linguistic and academic basis for "conversion" into the discipline in preparation for employment or research requiring considerable language proficiency and background knowledge about China.

The MA in Chinese is characterised by an extremely intensive Chinese language course, hence 120 credits of the programme are devoted to language. This is considered necessary in order to give students graduate language skills in a single year. It will also normally include a placement in China during which the student will do further language study and gain work experience. This will improve their oral/aural skills and will give them a first-hand experience of working in China. A written project associated with this placement will be assessed. Thirty credits are attached to the satisfactory completion of the placement and the associated project.

At the end of the programme students should:

- demonstrate a good level of proficiency in the Chinese language both written and spoken;
- demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge and mastery of techniques relevant to the study of China;
- exhibit competence in the use the Chinese language and mastery in the use of concepts relevant to carrying out research related to China;
- be competent in dealing with authentic texts in Chinese language;
- proactively formulate ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate these;
- critically and creatively evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the study of China.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment, Learning Context]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST5250MDissertation (1)30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
EAST5261MIntensive Chinese Language 1: Basic Structure and Communication
Pre-requisite for: EAST5262
60 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST5262MIntensive Chinese Language 2: Advanced Structure and Communication60 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Candidates are normally required to take up a summer placement in a Chinese speaking territory and to complete an associated dissertation to encourage reflective learning. The credit rating of the dissertation is 30 credits. Exceptionally, if personal or other circumstances make this placement impractical, the candidate may be permitted at the discretion of the Director of the Centre to substitute a 30- credit dissertation associated with an appropriate work placement in the UK.

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules:

EAST5013MChinese Politics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST5015MChina's Development15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST5080MTaiwan's Democratisation15 creditsNot running in 200910
EAST5201MChinese Business 115 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS5217MGlobalization of Innovation15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS5259MCross Cultural Management15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS5260MManaging and Exploiting Intellectual Capital15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS5265MTheory & Practice of International Business15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LUBS5670MChinese Business 215 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS5673MFirms' International Strategies: The EU, China and Japan15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Or a relevant option approved by the Director of the Centre

Last updated: 05/10/2009


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