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Undergraduate

Chinese, Intercultural & Contemporary Communication BA (Hons)

Prepare for a career in our multilingual world. Study intercultural communication and learn Chinese.

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You'll gain the skills you need to work in China or an international professional context. It's a four-year degree that includes a year studying in China. We've designed the programme to give you an understanding of the Chinese language and culture. Learning to communicate interculturally is a key focus of this course. We want you to gain insight into different sociocultural language practices and how we use language.

  • Subject to final approval
  • UCAS Code – TTX5
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 4 years full time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Languages & Linguistics

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS tariff points

    3 GCSEs grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

This programme allows you to study Chinese from beginners level. By the end of the programme, you'll have gained the ability to have conversations and discussions in Chinese. You'll be able to give presentations and write coherently. Successful students will be able to use Chinese for academic, social and professional purposes, reaching upper B2/C1 level on the JF standard for language education.

We've designed this programme to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to work in China. On this course, you'll gain both theoretical expertise and experience in intercultural communication. Explore how language relates to speakers' intentions and purposes in social interaction. Examine the way language choices can express identities and cultural values.

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture with a year studying abroad in China. You'll spend your third year taking Chinese language and other relevant classes at your host university. You'll also take a distance-learning work placement module while you study abroad.

This programme is part of a suite of Chinese programmes. Not sure which one to choose? Take a look at our other programmes:

Course structure

Level 1

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This intensive course is for students with no prior knowledge of Chinese language. With a focus on practical communication skills and self-expression the course covers the language needed to communicate in Chinese on routine and familiar topics.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module introduces you to the discipline of applied linguistics and to controversies in its definition, scope and relationship to linguistics and language teaching. The module will prepare you for any tutoring you may do in your second year and beyond.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module aims to develop your critical awareness of language, introducing the historical development of language and of English, of linguistics, and a variety of systematic approaches to language study.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

Build on your knowledge from semester one and improve your confidence in Chinese. Successful students will be able to read and understand simple written texts and express themselves on everyday matters both orally and in writing.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module addresses the world's linguistic diversity and variation. It situates the English language within the context of our multilingual world. Language variation and multilingualism are considered from linguistic, psychological, sociocultural and educational perspectives.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module will examine complex ideas and theories about deaf cultures and how deaf people perceive their place in the world. You'll study the tensions between Deafhood philosophies and the perception of deafness as a disability. We will also look at different deaf communities around the world.

Level 2

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

You will learn Chinese through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to China. You will develop a critical understanding of aspects of Chinese cultures, communities and societies.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module allows you to develop advanced skills in reading and analysing texts across a variety of genres. A broad linguistic perspective will provide insight into creating meaning in texts. You'll have a deeper understanding of issues of representation and power in contemporary discourses at the end of the module.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

Language, gender and sexuality is a diverse and often controversial field. This module will provide you with a thorough grounding in the main areas of feminist and queer linguistic enquiry. We will empower you to argue for your own position, and give you the grounding from which to develop your own work and ideas.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

You will learn Chinese through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to Chinese. By the end of the module successful students will be able to effectively describe experiences and events in Chinese, both orally and in writing, and give reasons and explanations for opinions.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

Incorporating real-life examples and case studies from around the world, this module prepares you to understand ‘culture’ beyond the essentialist stereotyping. You’ll reflect on and improve your own communication skills, while gaining theoretical knowledge in the area of intercultural communication.

Study Abroad

While studying abroad you will study Chinese language and other relevant classes at your host university. You are expected to fully engage with the tuition and assessment, but your grades will not be converted to York St John credits. You will take a distance-learning work placement module during your year abroad.

Approval to study abroad is given subject to meeting basic criteria. Requirements include passing all modules and attending at least 80% of all taught sessions.

If students have otherwise met the requirements to progress to third year, but have not met the criteria for study abroad, it will usually be possible to transfer to a course which does not contain a study abroad element. This will most likely be Global Language Communication BA (Hons). 

Level 3

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

Classes are content-based so you will communicate in Chinese to discuss a range of topics. At the end of the module you'll be able to communicate in Chinese, both orally and in writing, for a range of purposes.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module explores how language can function as an indicator of a range of social and cultural identities. It examines how language plays an active role in constructing identities. You'll take an interdisciplinary approach to analysing the relationship between language, identity and culture.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module examines publicly held views of language. It covers topics such as Standard English and correctness. With particular reference to education it also investigates the social, political and ideological issues associated with these views.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

Building on your knowledge from semester one, you will communicate in Chinese to discuss a range of topics. At the end of the module you'll be able to communicate in Chinese, both orally and in writing, for a range of purposes. 

Credits: 40

Compulsory Module

Carry out independent research on a topic of your choice. One-to-one tutorials with a designated dissertation tutor will support you through this module. This is your opportunity to bring all your learning together into an extended piece of work.

Teaching and assessment

We deliver our Chinese classes in small groups of up to 25 students. Lectures, workshops and seminars make up the delivery of our Intercultural and Contemporary Communications modules. Seminar groups have up to 30 students.

In first, second and fourth year, you will take three modules per semester. Each has 2–4 hours of contact time. We schedule our taught sessions between 9.00am and 8.00pm, Monday-Friday. While you are studying in China you are likely to have more contact time. Details will depend on the university you are studying at.

In addition to taught sessions you'll have academic tutorials through the semester. You can set up tutorials with your module tutors, and you'll be able to attend events such as the Colloquium Lectures. You will also be expected to conduct independent study outside of contact time.

For your Chinese modules, assessment methods include oral exams, videos, class tests and written work. The assessment for Intercultural Contemporary  Communications modules varies from module to module. Assessment methods include:

  • Data analysis
  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Research proposals.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS tariff points

    3 GCSEs grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

The programme is not suitable if:

  • Chinese is your first language
  • You have an A level in Chinese
  • You have B1 level or above of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) in Chinese.

 

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Opportunities pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Your fees are likely to be reduced for your study abroad year. For UK/EU students there is currently an 85% fee reduction for a full-year abroad, and an Erasmus monthly grant for study in EU countries.

 

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

Additional costs and financial support

COURSE-RELATED COSTS

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

STUDY ABROAD

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.

ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING COSTS

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

FINANCIAL HELP AND SUPPORT

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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