The degree in Politics with Chinese allows you to explore the themes, concepts and events that have shaped the contemporary political scene, whilst studying Chinese language and culture.
You will begin your degree with one core course in Politics and Governance in the Contemporary World and one core Chinese module which is designed for beginners with little or no prior knowledge of Chinese Language or Culture. In addition, you can choose to complement your studies with a Politics module or from a wide range of options. As you continue with your studies, you will learn from academics committed to both teaching and research and will increasingly specialise through an extensive range of modules which focus on topical questions concerning government and politics in Britain, Europe, China and the world. Second year options include Politics of Development; Modern Political Thought, and the Foreign Policy of Rising Powers. The core Chinese Language modules will build on the intensive language introduction given in the first year through further language tuition.
In the final year, you will study Chinese Culture and Society and a further Chinese Language module. You have the opportunity to undertake a sustained investigation on a specific political subject of greatest interest to you and can choose from a wide range of modules, such as China in the Modern World. You also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, and may integrate your dissertation research with the study trip to China or the research-based placements that are organised by the department.