The BA programme at UWSTD on the Lampeter Campus is part of the programmes offered by the Academy of Sinology UK, focusing entirely on the ancient Chinese language education to train more specialists in carrying on the tradition of the ancient Chinese culture, values and ethics.
This BA programme represents academic studies and moral enhancement utilizing the sagacious wisdom found in the classic Chinese texts, such as The Governing Principles of Ancient China, or The Complete Library of the Four Branches of Literatures of China.
The BA programme is designed to lay down strong foundation for the students to solidify their knowledge and skills to pursue studies of Sinology step by step and to practice their learnings in their daily life to eventually become the top-notch specialists of ancient Chinese texts.
For the study of Sinology, there are 4 pillars supporting the foundation of learning the wisdom of the ancient sages. These 4 pillars include:
- The textual studies of Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism on the subject of morality and ethics, cause and effect, manifested through the course of Morality & Ethics I, II, III within the 3 years of BA
- The textual studies of Philology, Phonology, and Exegesis throughout the 3 years to help students solidify their knowledge and skills in classic Chinese characters.
- Sinology English is also woven into the 3 years of program to intensify the student’s ability to promote the heritage and values of the traditional Chinese culture in the Western
- The selections of the textual studies of essential ancient sages throughout the 3 years guide the students to reach the sagacious wisdom practiced in the ancient
The textual studies of the Four Books help lay the foundation of virtues in the first year. The textual studies of the Book of Rites, the Book of Poetry, and the Book of History in the second year help students gain insights of ancient sages as to how to allow the righteous thoughts and mentality to bring about happiness for individuals, families, and harmony for societies and countries.
In the third year, the textual studies of the Book of Changes, the selected Sutra of Buddhism and Daoism introduce the learning of the ancient sages on how to deal with chaos and troubles in a changing world and restore peace and harmony to the troubled time.
Knowledge should have its power, and our BA Programme is intended to transform it into wisdom and powerful resources to help change ourselves, our society, and bring happiness and harmony back to our home and the Earth.
With our teachings spanning from the classical literatures to the Classics themselves, the BA programme covers thematically the substances of Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism, which concentrate mainly on the well-established classical annotations with their crowning spiritual achievements.
With such particular design of our BA programme, our students will be participating in an extraordinary exploration of culture that is at once ancient and lively in its own right.
Within the structure of three levels (4, 5, 6) in three years, the BA programme not only paves the way for those who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in MA or PhD in Sinology, but also suits those who want to finish the programme courses of Level 4, Level 5 or Level 6 to be awarded a Graduate Certificate, a Graduate Diploma or a Bachelor of Art in Sinology, respectively.