Environmental Sustainability in Contemporary China BA Hons - 2019 Entry

UCAS Code
L270

Entry Year
2019

A Level Requirements
ABB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

China’s rise presents both opportunities and challenges for global political relations, international management and environmental sustainability.  This distinctive three-year degree includes a unique combination of work experience and a year abroad as well as learning Mandarin Chinese for those who are not native speakers.  While you can choose the focus that is of most interest to you, the three pathways share a number of common elements.

Chinese and non-Chinese students will study contemporary China together and will discover China’s approaches to foreign relations, international diplomacy, nature, ecological civilisation, economic reform, and cross-cultural communication.  The second year is spent overseas with Chinese nationals going to Lancaster’s partner universities in Europe, Australia, Canada or the US, while those learning Chinese will spend the year at a Chinese university where teaching is in English.  In the third year you will continue to learn about contemporary China and specialise in the pathway of your choice. 

Students who spend the second year in China studying Chinese, are eligible to apply for Confucius Institute bursaries to contribute towards living expenses while at University in China. 

You may also be interested our other Contemporary China courses:

  • International Management in Contemporary China
  • International Relations in Contemporary China
  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    China’s rise presents both opportunities and challenges for global political relations, international management and environmental sustainability.  This distinctive three-year degree includes a unique combination of work experience and a year abroad as well as learning Mandarin Chinese for those who are not native speakers.  While you can choose the focus that is of most interest to you, the three pathways share a number of common elements.

    Chinese and non-Chinese students will study contemporary China together and will discover China’s approaches to foreign relations, international diplomacy, nature, ecological civilisation, economic reform, and cross-cultural communication.  The second year is spent overseas with Chinese nationals going to Lancaster’s partner universities in Europe, Australia, Canada or the US, while those learning Chinese will spend the year at a Chinese university where teaching is in English.  In the third year you will continue to learn about contemporary China and specialise in the pathway of your choice. 

    Students who spend the second year in China studying Chinese, are eligible to apply for Confucius Institute bursaries to contribute towards living expenses while at University in China. 

    You may also be interested our other Contemporary China courses:

    • International Management in Contemporary China
    • International Relations in Contemporary China
  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level ABB

    Required Subjects A level grade B in Geography. We may as an alternative to Geography accept a cognate subject from; Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English Literature, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, World Development.

    GCSE Mathematics grade C or 4, English Language grade C or 4

    IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

    Other Qualifications

    International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects.

    BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit

    We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

    Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.

    Year 1

      Core

    Year 2

      Core

    Year 3

      Core

      Optional

    Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Careers

    Careers

    This degree enables graduates to be theoretically, linguistically and culturally ready to undertake a range of careers that relate to China in different ways. At the end of their degree, they will be able to confidently use Chinese language in their work and life. They will also be able to understand, evaluate and respond to a range of cultural, political, environmental and entrepreneurial challenges posed by China’s rise in a globalising world. All students will have the opportunity to enhance and demonstrate their in-depth subject knowledge and interdisciplinary skills gained on the scheme through the mandatory dissertation in the final year. All students on the programme will experience living and studying abroad, work experience, public engagement experience and training to bolster their employability.

    Many of our graduates use their skills in research, analysis and communication to follow careers directly related to global relations in commerce, industry, accountancy, law, teaching, academic work or journalism. This course may also be a foundation for careers in the Civil Service, international organisations, public affairs, NGOs and charities. Having a level of proficiency in Chinese language and cultural awareness will add a competitive edge to students who are interested in developing international careers, as China is a growth area for most governments, businesses and NGOs. 

    Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability awareness, career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

    Lancaster Management School has an award winning careers team to provide a dedicated careers and placement service offering a range of innovative services for management school students. Our high reputation means we attract a wide range of leading global employers to campus offering you the opportunity to interact with graduate recruiters from day 1 of your degree.

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2019/20 entry fees have not yet been set.

    Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

    Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.

    Funding

    For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

    In the academic year 2018-2019, Lancaster University will support student internationalisation by reducing their fees during the year abroad to 15% of our regular fees. Students do not pay a fee to their host university during their year abroad.

    Bursaries to cover maintenance costs while studying abroad are available through the Confucius Institute for students who spend their year abroad in China.

    For more information about funding and bursaries, please contact the programme director or the Confucius Institute. 

    Students may incur travel costs dependant on their placement location.

    Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews. 

Take your studies into the field

When you study at Lancaster, you will have the opportunity to take your studies beyond the classroom and into the field. The Environmental and Earth Sciences degrees run exciting, optional visits to locations across the globe. Here are just a few examples.

Volcanic Processes, Mount Etna

Volcanic Processes, Mount Etna

This field course involves studying volcanic processes on Europe's largest active volcano, Mount Etna in Sicily.

Glacier-Landscape Interactions, Iceland

Glacier-Landscape Interactions, Iceland

Discover how glaciers interact with the volcanic environment of Iceland during this week-long field course.

Water, Society and Istrian Landscape, Croatia Water, Society and Istrian Landscape, Croatia

Water, Society and Istrian Landscape, Croatia

This field course tackles the challenges of managing the environment and especially water resources in the Istrian Peninsula.

Lectures

Lectures provide an introduction to the key issues and findings in each topic and are delivered by an expert in that particular field. Lectures usually last either one or two hours and should be complemented by reading relevant literature on the topic. We provide online reading lists, suggesting suitable books and journals which will be available either digitally or in print from our library.

Tutorials

Tutorials are usually one-hour sessions where you will be encouraged to discuss your learning with a small group of fellow students, under the guidance of a tutor. We encourage you to make the most of these groups by becoming used to speaking out, listening to others and learning to increasingly present yourself with confidence. You'll become experienced in being part of a team and explore the topics under study together.

Practical Classes

Many of our modules include practical sessions alongside lectures and tutorials. These are designed to help you discover the key biological principles underpinning your study, whilst also developing your skills which you will be able to put to use throughout your degree and future career.

Assessment

The assessment process varies across modules, but includes laboratory reports, essays, independent project reports, group presentations, multiple-choice tests and exams. Assessment is an on-going process, rather than being left solely until the end of the degree. This means we are able to offer feedback to you throughout your degree and, equally as importantly, it relieves pressure on you when modules are examined at the end of each year.

Take your studies into the field

When you study at Lancaster, you will have the opportunity to take your studies beyond the classroom and into the field. The Geography degrees run exciting, optional visits to locations across the globe. Here are just a few examples.

Glacier-Landscape Interactions, Iceland

Glacier-Landscape Interactions, Iceland

Discover how glaciers interact with the volcanic environment of Iceland during this week-long field course.

Food and Culture Politics, Paris

Food and Culture Politics, Paris

This field course takes students to the historical city of Paris to investigate the social, political and environmental impacts of globalising food production.

Water, Society and Istrian Landscape, Croatia Water, Society and Istrian Landscape, Croatia

Water, Society and Istrian Landscape, Croatia

This field course tackles the challenges of managing the environment and especially water resources in the Istrian Peninsula.

Volcanic Processes, Mount Etna

Volcanic Processes, Mount Etna

This field course involves studying volcanic processes on Europe's largest active volcano, Mt Etna, Sicily.

Lectures

Lectures provide an introduction to the key issues and findings in each topic and are delivered by an expert in that particular field. Lectures usually last either one or two hours and should be complemented by reading relevant literature on the topic. We provide online reading lists, suggesting suitable books and journals which will be available either digitally or in print from our library.

Tutorials

Tutorials are usually one-hour sessions where you will be encouraged to discuss your learning with a small group of fellow students, under the guidance of a tutor. We encourage you to make the most of these groups by becoming used to speaking out, listening to others and learning to increasingly present yourself with confidence. You'll become experienced in being part of a team and explore the topics under study together.

Practical Classes

Many of our modules include practical sessions alongside lectures and tutorials. These are designed to help you discover the key biological principles underpinning your study, whilst also developing your skills which you will be able to put to use throughout your degree and future career.

Assessment

The assessment process varies across modules, but includes laboratory reports, essays, independent project reports, group presentations, multiple-choice tests and exams. Assessment is an on-going process, rather than being left solely until the end of the degree. This means we are able to offer feedback to you throughout your degree and, equally as importantly, it relieves pressure on you when modules are examined at the end of each year.

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