Academic Chinese for International Relations
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Dr Hua Xiang PEL.6.01B
This course is compulsory on the BSc in International Relations and Chinese. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
Students must have completed Mandarin Language and Society 4 (Proficiency) (LN240).
This course aims to develop students' linguistic skills at a near mastery level through studying authentic materials relevant to Year 4 international relation students. Possible topics such Sino-UK relation, Sino-USA relation, Modernity and the State in China, China’s recent rise, e-Commerce, wealth inequality, gender discrimination, migrant workers, and so on ( Four themes -- China and the world, China: past and current, China: economic development, China: human rights and equality). The students will be given opportunities to learn the key vocabulary related to China’s history and current society, foreign policy, economic development, and human rights. Meanwhile, they will discuss and analyse real cases using methods/tools they have developed from their IR courses. The course is communicative and interactive. The students are required to read authentic materials in the target language and learn to discuss, summarise and debate ideas and issues in China as well as consider the applicability in different social/culture context.
• Fluently express one’s opinion in mandarin Chinese
• Fluently read and comprehend newspaper articles in mandarin Chinese (1500-2000 words)
• Skillfully summarise newspaper articles
• Understand presentations, talks, lectures in related areas in mandarin Chinese.
• Clearly and convincingly express one’s subject analysis and viewpoint in mandarin Chinese
22 hours of classes in the MT. 22 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.
2 hour classes per week. The teaching will be theme based, communicative and using integrated approaches. The teaching will be focusing on:
- Learn proficiency/mastery level Chinese phrases and expressions (equivalent to HSK 6) specific to IR.
- Chinese proverbs.
- Longer sentences and more complicated sentence structures.
- Introduction of traditional Chinese characters and classical Chinese
Students will be expected to produce 2 essays, 2 presentations, 2 exercises and 1 project in the MT and LT.
The students will be required to complete weekly exercises. This includes essays, in class presentation or recording, and project work.
The students will be working with authentic materials in this unit, such as newspaper, journal articles and chapter selection from Chinese books.
Coursework (70%) in the MT and LT.
Oral examination (30%) in the ST.
Language courses map to the Common European Framework for Language Learning. This framework defines linguistic proficiency in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) at different levels. To pass this course, students are therefore required to achieve a pass mark in each element of the assessment (continuous assessment, oral and written exams), as these test all four skills.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: Language Centre
Total students 2020/21: Unavailable
Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable
Capped 2020/21: No
Value: One Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving