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. Along with proven excellence in other disciplines, such as religious studies, anthropology, art and archaeology, and history, this offers students an unparalleled range of options in choosing their second subject of study.

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). Japanese studies Modules include: aspects of Japanese culture 1; aspects of Japanese culture 2; survey of pre'modern Japanese literature in translation; survey of modern Japanese literature in translation; independent project in Japanese studies; basic Japanese; intermediate Japanese; introduction to pre'modern Japanese language; readings in Japanese history; readings in Japanese intellectual history; advanced practical Japanese; readings in pre'modern Japanese literature; readings in modern Japanese literature; introduction to pre'modern Japanese language; Japanese art; survey of modern Japanese literature in translation; introduction to the history of East Asia; Buddhism: foundation; religions of East and Central Asia; issues in Post'War Japanese society 1; issues in Post'War Japanese society 2; extended essay (Japanese language and culture) 1; ethnography of a selected region (Japan); city and country in modern Japan; Japanese religion: a historical overview; themes in Japanese religions; representing religion in Japanese films; economic development of Japan since 1868; extended essay (Japanese language and culture) 2; memory and militarism on Japanese TV; readings in modern Japanese literature; readings in pre'modern Japanese literature; introduction to the study of language learning; the structure of Japanese.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Interview
  • Course specific
  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB

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