Curriculum

 

BA in Chinese Studies is a multi-disciplinary programme that is focused on studying and learning through direct engagement with China. With an emphasis on teaching in English and training for effective communication in international arenas, the programme offers an integrated exploration of the complexities of Chinese history, culture, language and contemporary society, including economy, governance, and business. It is ideal for students who want to be the globally-oriented China-specialist analysts, cross-cultural communicators, and twenty-first century network-builders.

 

The curriculum provides a range of opportunities for students to train language, communication and analytical skills and explore the diversity of Chinese studies. Students learning Chinese as a Second Language are placed in the “International Stream”, which ensures they will receive the high-level of Chinese language training necessary for international China experts. Students in the “Chinese Native-Speaker Stream” receive additional attention to strengthening English writing and communication skills in global settings.

 

Ug Curriculum Chart

 

 

Chinese Language Training

 

Since the programme is taught in English, non-Chinese-speaking students are also welcome whereas *no knowledge of Chinese is required for admission. On the other hand, students will receive intensive training on Chinese language because one of the major goals of the programme is to equip our students with superior Chinese language skills. Learning Chinese is a challenging process, but the cultural and academic rewards of doing so are immense, not to mention its value – and increasing necessity – in today’s job market.

 

Students will take Chinese courses in either Putonghua or Cantonese at the University’s Yale-China Chinese Language Centre (CLC). The CLC also offers regular opportunities for our students to certify their language level by taking the internationally-recognised Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK; 漢語水平考試).

 

*Students are still required to meet the admission requirements as stipulated by the University.

 BA Higlights

 

 

Exchange Study

 

Students in “International Stream” can opt to spend one-term study in an approved institution in Mainland China or Taiwan for primarily studying Putonghua / Chinese language courses or courses taught in Chinese. While students in “Chinese Native-Speaker Stream” can opt to spend one-term study in an approved institution located in an English-speaking country for primarily taking courses taught in English and relevant to communicating effectively about Chinese and East Asian affairs in a global context.

 

 

Summer Fieldtrip

 

Led by the faculty members with specialisation on their respective research interests, students will experience first-hand Chinese culture and society in various aspects in a one-week field study elective course in the summer of their 3rd year. Previous trips went to the following parts of China on respective themes.

 

2018-19
> Hengdian, Shanghai and Suzhou
Tradition and innovation in contemporary China through the lens of the Yangtze River Delta
led by Prof. GAO Yunwen
2017-18
> Guangzhou and Foshan
Urban development in the Pearl River Delta: Guangzhou and Foshan
led by Prof. Li Chen
2017-18
> Chongqing and Langzhong
Uses of the Past: History, heritage and politics in Chongqing and Langzhong
led by Dr. Laura POZZI
2016-17
> Guangzhou and Foshan
Urban development in the Pearl River Delta: Guangzhou and Foshan
led by Prof. Li Chen
2015-16
> Beijing
How Chinese politics works in practice
led by Prof. Christoph Steinhardt
2014-15
> Shanghai, Suzhou and Yiwu
Urbanization through the lens of the Yangtze River Delta
led by Prof. Ling Minhua
2012-13
> Changsha and Shanghai
The revolution in contemporary China
led by Prof. Denise Ho (for the BA in Chinese Studies programme)
2011-12
> Huizhou, Anhui
Rural China: The Villages of Huizhou
led by Prof. John Lagerwey and Prof. Jan Kiely (for the BA in Chinese Studies programme)
2009-10
> Quanzhou, Fujian
Cultural, social, and economic challenges that China faces today, as evidenced by present-day Quanzhou
led by Prof. Ann Huss (for the BA in Chinese Studies programme)