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Sinology (BA)

The programme explores the ancient religions, languages and texts of China, and fits well within an academic environment that has always accommodated multi-faith and multi-cultural study.

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Contact Email: sinology@uwtsd.ac.uk


Tuition fee 2022/23: £8,000

Why choose this course?

  • The programme will make significant contributions to preserving this ancient Chinese language, culture and heritage, through practical applications
  • Students will acquire deep insight and understanding of wider multi-faith and multi-cultural values
  • Appropriate language support of English and Chinese is provided through various tutorials, workshops and seminars
  • Lampeter has a rich heritage of openness to new ideas and diversity.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Grounded in the Liberal Arts, UWTSD has long been an institution receptive to the insights derived from textual studies, critical thinking, linguistic study and consideration of the big questions confronting humanity: that is, questions of faith, of spirituality, of the meaning of life and its ultimate purpose.

Lampeter has a rich heritage of openness to new ideas and diversity; it is a place where different values, ideas, languages and beliefs may be openly discussed and sympathetically evaluated in an academic setting that is mutually respectful and supportive.

The programme aspire towards enlightenment and the advancement of knowledge and understanding from the study of the ancient Chinese texts and of ancient Chinese language and culture.

Through a focus upon high level skills of reading and interpreting traditional Chinese texts, students will acquire deep insight and understanding of wider multi-faith and multi-cultural values as well as contributing to their own spiritual journey.

The programme will make significant contributions to preserving this ancient Chinese language, culture and heritage, through practical applications.

The programme will aim to produce students of high quality; students with advanced level skills in ancient Chinese and in textual and contextual translation and interpretation; students with a high level of knowledge and understanding of the philosophy, moral codes and social practices of ancient China; and students who may become teachers in their own right of these ancient texts.

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (CertHE, DipHE & BA)

  • An Introduction to Traditional Chinese Morality and Ethics in Education I (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Graphical and Etymological Study of Sinograms (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Selected Readings from the Canon of Poetry (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Sinological English I: A History of Chinese Classical Scholarship (20 credits; compulsory)
  • The Four Books (30 credits; compulsory).

Year Two – Level 5 (DipHE & BA)

  • Cultural and Intellectual Discourse of the Records of Ritual (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Phonology (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Sinological English II: Translation of Daoist Literature (20 credits; compulsory)
  • The Daodejing (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Traditional Chinese Morality and Ethics in Education II (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three – Level 6 (BA)

  • Dissertation: Sinology (40 credits; compulsory)
  • Exegesis (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Sinological English III: Translation of Confucian and Buddhist Literature (20 credits; compulsory)
  • The Canon of Change (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Traditional Chinese Moral and Ethical Education III (20 credits; compulsory).
Assessment

The programme's assessment strategy consists of formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments aim to use the form of ‘spiral assessment’, encouraging students to revisit and implement standards that have been covered in previous modules.

Spiral assessment is further supported by the fact that all modules centre on critical engagement with canonical texts. Skills developed in earlier modules will be practised and honed in later modules.

Most modules include a practical assessment, that is a presentation in English. The aim of the presentation is to ensure continuous development of English language skills among the cohort, but also to ensure that students are being assessed in situations that are likely to resemble their later employment situation as teachers of Chinese culture.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

As the main medium used in the programme delivery, classical Chinese competence is essential to these programmes. Tutorials may be provided to help those who need to improve their classical Chinese ability.

All students on BA (Hons), Diploma of HE and Certificate of HE in Sinology must provide evidence of meeting the required English Language skills, i.e. an IELTS score of 6.0 or above with no element below 5.5.

All students on Foundation Certificate in Sinology must provide evidence of meeting the required English Language skills, i.e. an IELTS score of 5.0 or above with no element below 4.5.

Career Opportunities

Potential employment roles for graduates include:

  • Teachers and educators in a range of settings in both China and the UK – particularly, but not exclusively, in partnership with the The Hong Kong Multicultural Educational Foundation
  • Academic researchers in traditional texts and ancient Chinese texts
  • Translation work
  • Educational administration and policy
  • Ethical business and commercial ventures
  • Community work and initiatives
  • Voluntary and travel industries
  • Heritage conservation; archive and museum work
  • Corporate and personal coaches/trainers in ancient Chinese ‘wisdom’ and life skills.

The expected employability skills gained by graduates from these programmes are:

  • Advanced information handling and communication skills, particularly in relation to knowledge and understanding of Classical Chinese texts
  • High levels of self and project management
  • The practical application of high level skills in textual analysis and interpretation, including skills in translation and the understanding of transcultural approaches to Classical Chinese texts and the philosophies they contain and inform.
Additional Costs

Optional

• Literature (primary and academic) — £200-300 for three years; annual maximum: £100.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

Accommodation

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