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BA Chinese and Japanese Studies

Year 5

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Arts)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme, students should have provided evidence of being able to:
- communicate in Chinese and Japanese fluently and appropriately, maintaining a high degree of grammatical accuracy, with native or other competent speakers;
- demonstrate sophisticated receptive and productive language skills, and show some practice in mediation language skills (such as translation, interpreting, and presentation in the target language), in a variety of contexts;
- demonstrate a consolidated and extended knowledge and understanding of complex structures and registers of Chinese and Japanese;
- demonstrate an ability to evaluate critically one or more aspects of Chinese- and Japanese -speaking cultures (for example, their literatures, cultures, history, politics and the linguistic, social and economic structures);
- demonstrate, where appropriate, an ability independently to identify and to evaluate critically instances of literary, cultural, historical, political, social and/or economic interactions between Chinese- and Japanese -speaking cultures;
- demonstrate global and cultural awareness in the form of a particular understanding of Chinese-speaking and Japanese-speaking cultures and societies, that will normally have been significantly enhanced by a period of residence abroad;
- demonstrate an awareness of and ability to engage with and respond to the ethical issues raised by the programme of study;
- effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms, demonstrating independent research skills, making appropriate use of primary sources, showing coherent and detailed knowledge of recent research and scholarship in the field, and demonstrating academic integrity;
- undertake an extended autonomous research-based project;
- describe and comment on particular aspects of recent research and/or scholarship, appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge in the subject and make appropriate use of scholarly reviews and primary sources;
- work autonomously within a structured environment.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
- the transferable skills necessary for employment related to the area(s) studied, valuable for employment, e.g. be able to gather and critically evaluate information from a variety of paper, audio-visual and electronic sources, be able to use IT effectively both as a means of communication and as an aid to learning;
- skills necessary for the communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways;
- skills necessary for the exercise of initiative, personal responsibility and decision making;
- the ability to appreciate their strengths and weaknesses as learners;
- the ability to understand and negotiate intercultural issues when working with others


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 a broad knowledge base;
- demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects of the discipline;
- the ability critically to evaluate received opinion;
- work that draws on a wide variety of material and is typically both evaluative and creative;
- evidence of an ability to conduct independent, in depth enquiry within the discipline.


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