BA (Hons)

Mandarin Chinese and Global Studies

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  • UCAS code(s): TL19
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: Three years full-time, or four with a year abroad

Course overview

If you want to combine your language skills with a vocational subject, then this joint honours degree is a great choice for you. It enables you to shape your study according to your strengths, interests and career ambitions. Combining two subjects can give your degree an international or industry perspective that will make you stand out in the graduate employment market.

Our flexible curriculum has been designed to create some amazing opportunities for you. You have the opportunity to spend your third year studying at a partner university abroad. It’s also possible to opt for a short work placement module in the second half of your second year.

By choosing Global Studies and Mandarin Chinese you’ll enjoy the freedom to choose from wide range of modules, depending on your own preferences and interests. By combining these two subjects, you’ll not only gain an in-depth knowledge of Chinese language and culture, but also an understanding of the wider global landscape and the issues faced by all nations.

What you'll study

Global Studies joint honours

If you’re concerned about pressing global crises (such as food security, environmental change, conflict, inequality) and the everyday experiences of people living in globalised communities then this is the perfect course for you.

Throughout the course you’ll build a flexible personalised programme by selecting options taught by experts from across the Humanities.

Mandarin Chinese joint honours

Chinese (Mandarin) is normally studied from beginner's level. You’ll study the Chinese language, country and culture through a range of lively options. This includes modules that explore Chinese history and literature, from the earliest times to present day.

You’ll achieve a high level of communicative skill, and to further increase your career options you can take a final year module to help you develop translation and interpreting skills.

You’ll have access to our excellent language resource centres which have:

  • internet access
  • audio-visual facilities
  • computer-aided language learning software
  • course-related books, materials and periodicals.

This ensures that you will have a broad range of options to help you increase your language understanding.

  • Year One

    Core modules

    Mandarin Language One - Accelerated Beginners

    This module provides an accelerated course in Mandarin Chinese for students with no prior knowledge of the language. It will equip you with the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of real life situations and to build language learning skills and other transferable competencies.

    Mandarin Language One – Post-A Level

    The module focuses on developing both your understanding of key issues in contemporary Chinese culture and society, and your key communicative skills in Mandarin Chinese: listening, speaking, reading, writing. The module is therefore designed to reinforce your language learning and communication skills by encouraging you to engage with material in a range of media (written, electronic, audio-visual), consolidating your grammatical knowledge, and enabling you to participate actively in whole class, small group and paired discussions in Mandarin Chinese.

    Introduction to Chinese Studies

    This module provides an introduction to Chinese studies. It aims at developing an understanding of culture as practised in both traditional and contemporary Chinese society. It introduces the background knowledge of modern China, including aspects such as history, geography, ethnicity, language and dialect, education, as well as socio-cultural aspects of other Chinese-speaking communities.

    Foundations in Global Studies

    This module introduces principle themes and concepts in Global Studies and the various disciplinary perspectives useful for examining global processes, relationships and experiences.  While the focus of the module is on 'the global' particular emphasis is placed on the significance of local histories and geographies shaping the contexts through which different understandings and experiences of the global are produced.

    Issues in Intercultural Communication

    The study of Intercultural Communication is an integral part of Global Studies. The module addresses issues directly associated with the process of communication in inter-cultural, inter-group, and interpersonal contexts. The general theme of the module is to engage you in a discussion of the inter-relationship between culture, communication and intercultural communication, from an interdisciplinary perspective.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    Mandarin Language Two – Accelerated Beginners

    This module aims to develop your fluency and accuracy in the spoken and written language. Grammar will be consolidated and expanded, and essay-writing skills developed. You'll be introduced to a wider range of registers and varieties of the language, and will analyse written and audio-visual texts in more depth.

    Mandarin Language Two – Post-A Level

    This module aims to develop your fluency and accuracy in the spoken and written language. It further develops the four language learning skills, grammar, and other transferable skills, through such tasks as video analysis, summaries and translations, and oral debates and presentations.

    Researching Global Experience

    In this module, you’ll learn a range of practical skills for carrying out research in a global context.  The primary goal is to prepare you for your In-Country Study but the module also provides the skills needed for completing a dissertation in Global Studies.

    Mandarin Chinese optional modules

    Media, representation & China

    The module examines representations of China and Chinese cultural identities in different media forms. It introduces you to these representations as powerful mechanisms that both reflect and construct contemporary Chinese society within the context of social, cultural and political transformations.

    Chinese Culture and Society

    This module is designed to give you a contextualised introduction to the key issues and events that have shaped Chinese culture and society since the early twentieth century.

    Languages at Work

    Languages at Work is a language-themed work placement module, involving a series of preparatory lectures/seminars, a placement with a local employer of at least 30 hours, and the production of a piece of writing reflecting on the experience.

    Global Studies optional modules

    In-Country Study

    In Country Study (ICS) is an innovative module that encourages you to engage with issues of social and cultural change in your study site, either abroad or in the UK.  You’ll learn to reflect critically on the ways in which these issues are both local and global, gain experience in conducting socio-cultural research in a locality, and communicate clearly the results of your research.

    Gender and Nation

    This module analyses the nexus of gender and nation as it plays a role in an increasingly globalised world. Despite, or maybe because of, globalisation, nationalism is increasing in many parts of the world, and the role of gender in the construction of these nationalisms will be under investigation here.

    Intercultural Communication in International Context

    In today’s complex world, we have to deal with the phenomenon of globalization. It prompts us to cross borders more frequently and communicate with people from diverse cultures and social groups, either in person or electronically. Managing cultural differences skilfully is thus a human and workplace imperative. This module focuses on understanding and researching culture and communication in a variety of social, business and professional contexts, it adopts a multidisciplinary and multinational perspective, with a special focus on western and non-western perspectives on human communication and interaction.

  • Year Three

    In Year Three, you can spend time working or studying in China. Our partner universities are in Beijing, Shanghai, and Yunnan.

  • Final Year

    Core modules

    Mandarin Chinese Capstone Project

    A specialist research project, which develops in-depth skills in planning, self-reliance and organisation.

    OR

    Real-Life Work Project

    If you unable to take the Year Abroad you will produce a Real-Life Work Project during your Final Year. This extended piece of research and writing equates to the capstone module (see above), but involves working closely with an organisation.

    OR

    Global Studies Dissertation

    The final year dissertation module enables you to undertake a sustained, single piece of independently researched work on a topic of your choice, under expert supervision.

    Mandarin Language Three

    This module builds on the previous years of language learning by aiming to maximise your fluency and accuracy in written and oral/aural Mandarin Chinese. Throughout the module, you will combine analysis of important contemporary issues in Chinese society with further development of your communicative skills to enable you to reach a high level of language proficiency.

    Mandarin Chinese optional modules

    Contemporary China

    This module builds upon your knowledge of Chinese Culture and Society. You'll examine the impact of 20th century revolutionary movements on the modern Chinese state, and assesses the impact of the post-Cultural Revolution period and the economic boom on Chinese politics.

    Translation and Interpreting

    In this module, you will develop knowledge and understanding of translation processes, and enjoy opportunities to engage in guided practice. You will also develop your interpreting skills by undertaking consecutive interpreting activities.

    Global Studies optional modules

    Global Citizenship

    This module explores contemporary debates on citizenship as a central element in arguments about identity, globalisation, social justice, participation and inclusion/exclusion. You’ll engage critically with theories of citizenship and their intersections with gender, ethnicity and multiculturalism.

    Conflict and Contemporary Violence

    Since the events of September 11 2001, the way we study and respond to conflict and violence has changed significantly. It is no longer sufficient to focus solely on inter-state conflicts. The aim of this module is to understand violence as part of a set of problems relating to globalisation.

    Development in the 21st Century

    This module engages with debates about the causes and consequences of global inequality. We compare different explanations for persistent patterns of poverty, marginalisation and exclusion and evaluate what policy solutions different perspectives offer for resolving what continues to be a pressing global concern.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

Each year you’ll choose a range of core and optional modules from the lists above. The first year is normally divided equally between the two joint honours subjects but at the end of Year One, you’ll have the opportunity to select between an equally weighted joint honours course and a more specialised pathway, depending on your interests.

Teaching principally takes place through a combination of lectures, where tutors introduce the key ideas, and seminars, where smaller groups discuss those ideas.

Contact hours

If you’re struggling with a topic or require additional support or guidance, you can arrange to see your tutors in small groups or one-to-one, to discuss essay plans or to seek some specific academic guidance.

It is the nature of the subjects offered in the School of Arts and Humanities, however, that much of your time will be spent engaged in independent study. We recognise that this marks a change of culture from school or college, and we have in place a system of study support to help you adapt to this.

Excellent placement opportunities

You can opt to take a work placement module in the second half of your second year. Placements will be short and intensive and include an academic assessment or project as part of your degree. The School’s Employability Coordinator and placement tutors help source and secure placements relevant to your course or preferred joint honours subject.

Spend a year abroad

Students studying a language can choose to spend a year abroad, allowing you to increase your foreign language fluency and understanding of other cultures. You will come away with an experience that will give you a real advantage when competing for the best jobs.

Your optional Year Abroad takes place during Year Three when you can spend time working or studying at one of our partner universities.

More student opportunities

International exchange

You’ll also have the option to take part in an international exchange at a partner university. Or you could source work placements abroad. These options will enable you to gain impressive international experience, and broaden your perspective and career ambitions.

You’ll experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year.

Watch our video to find out more.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn another new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can: enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Careers and employability

Your career development

This is a major part of the curriculum. Key transferable skills are emphasised and there are opportunities to develop links with organisations and potential employers. As a result we have an outstanding record of graduate employment.

Joint honours courses develop a wide range of skills. These include written and oral communication skills, critical analysis and a variety of IT skills. But you’ll also become more self-motivated, be able to work independently and in teams, and develop excellent time management skills.

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – BCC
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications.

You will also need GCSE English and Maths grade C.

In addition to the above entry requirements for Joint Honours combinations including Modern Languages, you will also need the following:

  • French: A-level French grade C or equivalent qualification.
  • German: A-level German grade C or equivalent qualification.
  • Spanish, Italian and Chinese: If you choose two of these languages as your joint honours combination you will need A-level grade C in one of the language subjects. If you combine one of these languages with a non-language subject then the A-level is not required.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

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You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

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You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

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Fees and funding

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Getting in touch

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While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Please see our fees page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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