Chinese Studies


Chinese Studies teaches Chinese culture, literature, society and linguistics in addition to modern and classical Chinese languages. It provides students with a solid understanding of Chinese society and culture, the skills essential to function with confidence in the Chinese speaking world, the ability to work in China-related professions and the competence to conduct research in Chinese studies.

The honours year

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) year provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in the arts or humanities the opportunity to extend their potential in research. Students may continue to work in the area of their undergraduate study or undertake research in a different area.
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) focuses on establishing your individual research practise, further equipping you for employment or entry into the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Workload and assessment

Honours in Chinese Studies may be taken in two ways, your supervisor will recommend one of the following two schemes, after consultation with you and the Chair of the Department

a long thesis (18000-20000 words) and two seminars, the thesis worth 60% of the final Honours result and the seminars 40% (each seminar 20%);
a short thesis (12000-15000 words) and three seminars, the thesis worth 40% of the final Honours result and the seminars 60% (each seminar 20%).
Each of the seminars meets weekly for 2 hours, for one semester. While you will receive marks for all pieces of assessment, your academic transcripts will record only your final, overall Honours mark.

Related subject areas

Asian Studies

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