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Mandarin in the Global Workplace

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

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.


The students should have completed their third year abroad in China. 

Course content

The linguistic focus will continue to advance students’ receptive and productive skills, as well as to develop their mediation skills (translation and interpretation skills) in order to expand students’ coherent and detailed subject knowledge into vocabulary, syntactic (semantic) structures and pragmatic usages associated with International Relations discourse.

The course will also target improving students’ analytical and critical thinking abilities to evaluate one or more aspect of culture, history, geography, politics, social and economic structures in Chinese societies, using and improving intercultural and transferable skills.  This will ultimately ensure students’ autonomous problem solving ability and key/generic skills within a structured environment. The ultimate aim of this course is to help students to establish the effective communication between English and Chinese in international relations contexts, both orally and in writing, and therefore to improve their professional competence employability.


The course is focused on the following communicative functions:

  • Providing critical reasoning.
  • Giving coherent description and logical comment. 
  • Participating constructively in discussion or debate.
  • Exchanging specific information in international relations contexts: international law (such as human rights), international conventions and international organisations.
  • Assessing the relevance and importance of the ideas of others.
  • Reading and summarising texts from newspapers, journals, TV news and radio broadcasting.
  • Competitive translation and interpretation skills on international relation topics.
  • Writing essays to discuss issues with International Relations elements.
  • Fostering intercultural awareness and understanding.
  • Adopting a non-Eurocentric perspective.


22 hours of classes in the MT. 22 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

Two hours per week, which will feature: (a) interactive topical work; (b) oral practice; (c) grammar and vocabulary work; (d) tutorials; and (e) guided study using IT and web-based materials.

Structured activities in Week 11 of MT and LT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 2 essays, 2 problem sets, 2 presentations, 2 projects and 2 other pieces of coursework in the MT and LT.

The students will be required to complete weekly exercises. This includes vocabulary quiz, presentation, writing, translation/interpretation and online communicative materials.

Indicative reading

Authentic materials will be used in this class. 


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.

Key facts

Department: Language Centre

Total students 2021/22: Unavailable

Average class size 2021/22: Unavailable

Capped 2021/22: No

Value: One Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness