Minor in Chinese Studies – Richmond University

The Minor in Chinese Studies is a language based minor that provides a valuable insight into Chinese language and culture, Chinese philosophy and their relevance to modern Chinese society today. In addition to Modern China as the sixth course of the Minor, new optional courses are being planned on China’s economic reform and business development, Chinese history, Chinese art, and Chinese media studies.

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Studying abroad

Whether you’re studying in another country, or studying here at the university in London, with Richmond University you have the opportunity to study abroad. That could mean trying out university in London for a semester to a year, studying overseas at any of our partner locations across the world, or taking part in a world internship – designed to give you the experience you need to complement your programme.

Beijing Culture and Language University, China

Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) was established in 1962. Known as Little United Nations, is the only university of its kind in China that promotes Chinese all over the world and offers Chinese language and culture courses to foreign students. Since its foundation in 1962, BLCU has been an important academic base for language and culture research and the cradle for international talents in China. Since its founding, the university has trained some 120,000 foreign students who are proficient in the Chinese language and familiar with the Chinese culture from 176 countries and regions.

Jinan University, Guangzhou, China

Jinan University (JNU) is a public research and comprehensive university based in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, about 120 km (75 mi) north-northwest of Hong Kong and north-northeast of Macau. It is one of the oldest universities established on mainland China tracing back to the Qing Empire. Its mission is to spread Chinese learning and culture from North to South, and from China overseas. Jinan University was the first university in China to recruit foreign students, and is currently the Chinese university with the largest number of international students.

Employability

We offer career support and advice throughout your studies (through the Careers & Internships Office), doing everything we can to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Just by taking part in a liberal arts degree, you’re learning a wealth of transferable skills, including learning to adapt to the working climate – essential criteria employers look for. You could also benefit from work experiences and internships as part of your programme; giving you an extra advantage at the start of your career.

Post graduation

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Business and industry
  • Government agency
  • Graduate Study / Academia

Programme Structure

MCL 4100 Chinese Language and Culture 1

This is an introductory course to Mandarin Chinese language, with an integrated approach to the Chinese language and Chinese culture. While the course primarily focuses on oral communication based upon key structures and vocabularies, reading Chinese characters and writing are integral parts of the course. The course will introduce fundamental speech patterns, key characters, essential vocabulary items and cultural and linguistic knowledge associated with the use of the language, with which students should be able to communicate in a limited range of contexts in everyday life situations.

MCL 4105 Chinese Language and Culture 2

This is an introductory course to Mandarin Chinese language, with an integrated approach to the Chinese language and Chinese culture. While the course primarily focuses on oral communication based upon key structures and vocabularies, reading Chinese characters and writing are integral parts of the course. The course will continue to introduce key speech patterns, important characters, essential vocabulary items as well as cultural and linguistic knowledge associated with the use of the language, with which students should be able to communicate in a more extended range of contexts in everyday life situations.

MCL 5100 Chinese Language and Culture 3

This course is a sequel at a higher level to Chinese Language and Culture I and II, based upon a very similar approach to integrating the Chinese language with the Chinese culture. The course covers a much broader scope of language use and most of the essential linguistic elements while continuing to develop students’ communicative competence on the basis of key structures and vocabulary involving listening, speaking, reading and some writing in both oral and written interactions. The course continues to build the students’ knowledge and skills in key speech patterns and characters, essential vocabulary items as well as cultural knowledge associated with the use of the language in topics and scenarios covered, enabling students to communicate in a wide range of contexts in everyday life situations.

MCL 5105 Chinese Language and Culture 4

This is the continuation of MCL 5101, with a similar integrated approach to the Chinese Language and Culture 3. The course covers a range of practical scenarios and topics as one would encounter in China so as to strengthen the application and understanding on the part of the students of the essential linguistic elements such as key structures and extended vocabularies and communicative competences thus acquired through the in both oral and written interactions. The course continues to expand the repertoire of the students in their essential Chinese characters and vocabularies as well as their cultural and linguistic knowledge associated with the use of the Chinese language in a Chinese speaking environment, with which students should be able to communicate confidently and effectively and cope with daily needs when studying or working in China or in communication with other Chinese speaking people.

MCL 5205 Chinese Philosophy and Chinese Society

Course Description: The course will be based on critical reading and interpretation of selected texts available in English by influential Chinese thinkers and philosophers in ancient times such as Confucius, Lao Zi, Zhuang Zi etc. and analytical and critical commentary writings by both Chinese and European sinologists. With emphasis on a few fundamental concepts and ideas that impact on the Chinese way of thinking and behaviour, the course explores how the Chinese people and society interact with such key philosophies, ideas and events that construct the Chinese culture and underlines the structure and working of the Chinese society in the past and at the present.

Plus the following:

PLT 5425 Modern China

Examines aspects of China’s history such as the Opium Wars, the downfall of the Empire in 1911, the growth of nationalism and the ensuing civil war, the rise and decline of Maoism and the role of China in world politics, with particular reference to its increasing economic importance.

MCL 5210 Contemporary China

With its awesome economic development in the last forty years, China is a country that attracts attention from all around the world, with its largest population, second largest economy, long history and many cultural and social changes. These changes are so rapid and overwhelming that even many living in China find difficult to keep up, let alone those from outside China. This course is designed to facilitate the students to have a better understanding of the contemporary China through a critical overview of China since its launch of open door and economic reform in the 1980s. While the course will look at key aspects of economic development, it also examines the development through advanced in technologies, and changes in the society in the light of some theoretical framework so that students can better comprehend contemporary China as it stands today and how it may develop in the near future.

Undergraduate Prospectus