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Chinese Daoist Textual Studies (MA)

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

2 years

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Chinese Languages China: Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The Programme focuses on the study and research of the ancient religions, languages and great texts of China. Students will study the ‘ancient wisdom’ of China, which is of great cultural significance and is increasingly seen as relevant to contemporary concerns, such as personal and societal well-being and sustainability.

Course Overview

This Programme will focus on advanced-level engagement with Classical Chinese Daoist texts and the spiritual, cultural and political values and practices that they embody.

Modules will focus on enhancing understanding of Classical Chinese and methodologies such as textual criticism, commentary, and textual analysis.

This will be followed by modules which are thematically organised around the study of key texts from within The Complete Library of the Four Branches Literature and The Essence Encyclopedia of the Four Branches of Literature. Textual study modules are thematically focused and will consider issues such as the origins and content of key texts, as well as history and developments in translation, commentary and reception of them.

Assessment

An MA degree in Chinese Daoist Textual Studies involves a wide range of assessment methods. Assessment will be both English medium and in the medium of Ancient Chinese, dependent on the particular module being studied.

Assessment methods include essays, translation into modern Chinese or English, translation with annotation or critical commentary, oral presentation, teaching placement portfolio and, of course, the dissertation.

This variety of assessment helps develop skills in presenting material in clear, professional and a lucid manner, whether orally or in writing.

Career Opportunities

Possible employment roles for graduates from this programme include:

  • teachers and educators in a range of settings in both China and the UK;
  • academic researchers in traditional texts and ancient Chinese texts;
  • translation work
  • educational administration and policy
  • ethical business and commercial ventures
  • community work and initiatives
  • voluntary and travel industries
  • heritage conservation; archive and museum work
  • corporate and personal coaches/trainers in ancient Chinese ‘wisdom’ and life skills.

The expected employability skills gained by graduates from these programmes are advanced information handling and communication skills; high levels of self and project management; the practical application of high-level skills in textual analysis and interpretation.

Modules

SICH7001 Research Methodologies for the Study of Sinology
SICH7002 Interpretation of The Four Books
SICH7003 Readings from the Governing Principles of Ancient China
SICH7010 Readings from The Compilation of Books and Writings on the Important Governing Principles
SICH7008 Daoist Text Studies
SICH7004 Classical Chinese Texts in English
SICH7015 Dissertation

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£5,000

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£13,340

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Each application will be considered on its own merit and will be based upon an interview with relevant teaching staff within the University and the Academy of Sinology. The bilingual nature of the programme requires a degree of competency in both Chinese and English.

University information

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