SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The Chinese combined honours degree aims to give a broad understanding of Chinese culture through study of its language, history and literature from earliest times up to the present in combination with a solid grounding in another language or discipline. The range of expertise in SOAS, not only in East Asian studies, but also with regard to languages and literatures of other regions is unique in UK institutions.

Course Modules

Chinese (modern and classical): Year 1: Chinese 101 (elementary modern Chinese language 1); Chinese 103 (history and culture of China); Chinese 104 (introduction to classical Chinese); Chinese 102 (elementary modern Chinese language 2). Year 2: Year abroad. Year 3: Chinese 301 (intermediate modern Chinese language 1); Chinese 302 (intermediate modern Chinese language); Chinese 304 (traditional Chinese language and literature 1); optional modules: Chinese 303 (modern Chinese film and theatre); Chinese 305 (elementary Cantonese); elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese). Year 4: Chinese 402 (dissertation in Chinese studies); optional modules: Chinese 401 (advanced modern Chinese language); Chinese 403 (modern Chinese literature); Chinese 404 (traditional Chinese language and literature 2); Chinese 405 (styles of modern Chinese literary language); elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese). History of art and archaeology: All years: modules include: theories and methods in the study of Asian and African art; introduction to the art and archaeology of Africa; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of East Asia; African Art 2: West Africa and the Atlantic world; history, historiography and the visual arts; archaeology of Early Imperial China; architecture of Tibet and the Himalayas; art and archaeology essay on an approved topic; art and archaeology of Ancient China; arts of Tibet; Buddhist arts of Korea; Chinese art and modernity; contemporary arts in South East Asia; contemporary Korean arts in East Asia; independent study project in history of art/archaeology; introduction to the art and archaeology of Africa; introduction to the art and archaeology of East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; Japanese art; mosaics, manuscripts, and wall painting in Islamic art; selected sites in Asian and African art and archaeology; temple, city and empire in South India 1300'1800; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; theory and method in the study of Asian and African art; traditional art and modern South Asia.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • Interview
  • Course specific

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