Chinese and History BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: TV11
Start date: September 2018
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer: AAB
(specific subjects required)
UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: No
China plays an important role on the global stage and is one of the worlds largest economies. This degree combines core and optional modules allowing you to become proficient in a major world language while gaining a broader understanding of the history and culture of China and East Asia as a whole. We teach Chinese from beginners level, but if you already have some knowledge of the subject we can normally accommodate you.
History gives you the chance to explore all aspects of human activity across cultures and over time. Core modules will introduce you to historiography and working with primary sources, developing your skills and knowledge. Youll then choose from a wide range of optional modules to pursue topics that interest you, from the fall of Rome to the 20th century and the US to India. Youll also gain a wide range of transferable skills that are very attractive to employers.Back to top
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects. You’ll study one of our Cornerstone modules in Year 1 to draw your two subjects together, and apply your knowledge and skills to a major research project in either subject in your final year.
In your first year core modules will develop your Chinese language skills. Youll also choose from optional modules introducing Chinese history, culture and religious traditions. Then youll spend a year studying in China to improve your language skills and experience the local culture, and return to advanced language classes over the next two years. Youll also choose from optional modules from Cantonese to Sino-Japanese relations.
In your first year youll study core modules that introduce you to concepts such as historiography, and develop historical skills like working with primary sources. In the following year, youll choose from a wide range of optional modules, keeping a balance between earlier and later periods. You could study the Crusades, Imperial Germany or Mao Zedong and China since 1949. In your final year, youll focus on a specific theme or topic in your special subject and develop your research and critical skills.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
|Basic Chinese Language 1||20 credits|
|Basic Chinese Language 2||20 credits|
|Historiography and Historical Skills||20 credits|
|Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study||20 credits|
|IT for LCS Students||5 credits|
|World Histories||20 credits|
|Year Abroad in China||120 credits|
|Chinese 2A||20 credits|
|Chinese 2B||20 credits|
|Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought||20 credits|
|Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan||20 credits|
|Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World||20 credits|
|Religion in China||20 credits|
|Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China||20 credits|
|Chinese Linguistics: Theory and Practice||20 credits|
|Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction and Drama||20 credits|
|Chinese Society||20 credits|
|Colonial Encounters: France and its Empire, 1830-1945||20 credits|
|The Republic in Crisis: Conflict and Identity in France since 1870||20 credits|
|Victorian England: Old England and Industrial Society 1837-1865||20 credits|
|The Cult of Saints in Medieval Europe c.400-c.1500||20 credits|
|Jewish Communities in Medieval Europe||20 credits|
|Fraternity, Skill and the Politics of Labour, 1660-1870||20 credits|
|Britain and the Atlantic World||20 credits|
|Britain and the Industrial Revolution||20 credits|
|Britain and Decolonisation - from the Western Front to the Present Day||20 credits|
|English History 1066-1216: Creation and Destruction of the Anglo-Norman Kingdom||20 credits|
|The Body, Disease and Society in Europe, 1500-1750||20 credits|
|The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union, 1921-1993||20 credits|
|Mughals, Merchants and Mercenaries: 'Company Raj' in India 1600-1857||20 credits|
|Russia under the Romanovs, 1812-1917||20 credits|
|The American Century, 1941-1980||20 credits|
|Black Politics from Emancipation to Obama||20 credits|
|History on the High Street||20 credits|
|History in the Media||20 credits|
|American Business History||20 credits|
|Global Business History||20 credits|
|Mao Zedong and Modern China, 1949-Present||20 credits|
|Chinese 3: Advanced Skills||20 credits|
|Final year project|
|Religion in China||20 credits|
|Modern Documentary Chinese: Politics and Law||10 credits|
|Modern Documentary Chinese: Society and Development||10 credits|
|Chinese Literature 1912 - 1949||10 credits|
|Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction and Drama||20 credits|
|Women and Family in Chinese Society||20 credits|
|East Asia's Regional Political Economy||20 credits|
|Japanese Cinema in the World||20 credits|
|Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present||20 credits|
|South East Asia in the Global Context||20 credits|
|Religion and Violence||20 credits|
|History on the High Street||20 credits|
|Conquest, Convivencia and Conflict: Christian and Muslim Spain, 711-1212||40 credits|
|Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement||40 credits|
|Dividing India: The Road to Democracy in South Asia, 1939-1952||40 credits|
|Tradition and Modernity in Colonial Africa: Uganda's Kingdoms 1862-1964||40 credits|
|The Third Reich, 1933-1945||40 credits|
|Popular Belief in the Medieval West 1000-c.1500||40 credits|
|The Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939||40 credits|
|Cultural Encounters: Spain, Portugal and the Wider World in the Late Middle Ages||40 credits|
|The Cultural History of Venice, 1509-1797||40 credits|
|Gendering the Raj: Women, Imperialism and Nationalism in Colonial and Postcolonial India||40 credits|
|History Long Essay||20 credits|
|Inventing the Barbarians||20 credits|
|Memories: Autobiographies and Memoirs as Historical Sources||20 credits|
|Read All About It! Understanding News, c.1500-Present||20 credits|
|Printing and Books in Early Modern Europe||20 credits|
|Stalin and Stalinism||40 credits|
|France and Algeria from 1830 to the Present||40 credits|
|Georgians at War||40 credits|
|The French Wars of Religion||40 credits|
|The Korean War||40 credits|
|The Breaking of Contemporary Britain: Challenges from the Post-War Period||20 credits|
|Men and Masculinity in Britain, c.1860-1960: War, Work and Home||20 credits|
|Crime and Punishment in Colonial Southern Asia||20 credits|
|War on Tribe or War on Terror? Historicizing Afghanistan and Pakistan||40 credits|
|The Iron Lady Abroad: Margaret Thatcher and UK Foreign Policy from 1979||40 credits|
|The Soviet Union in World Politics, 1917-1991||20 credits|
|Doomed to Failure? European Great Power Politics from Bismarck to the Outbreak of World War I||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
Our tutors are experts in their fields, and their teaching is informed by their own cutting-edge research.
We use a range of teaching methods to help you benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials or occasionally workshops. However, independent study is also central to this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. You will be able to apply your skills and knowledge in a Final Year Research Project on a topic of your own choice.
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Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in History, excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking.
GCSE: grade 4/C or above in a foreign language.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Grade 4/C in a foreign language at GCSE is required. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. This course has additional subject specific requirements for History. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.
We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
D3, M1, M1 including D3 in History
35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in History at Higher Level and 4 in a foreign language at Standard Level
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in History
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AB in Advanced Highers including A in History and AABBB in Highers, or A in History in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers
The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.
European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in History.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in History (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level including History (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and pass Access to Leeds.
We accept a wide range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.
English language requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.Back to top
Studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of two subjects, including proficiency in a major world language. As well as demonstrating that youre intellectually versatile, your degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers actively seek.
Youll have good research skills, and youll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. Youll then be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, youll have strong research and organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team. You will also have a strong understanding of cultural diversity, allowing you to work effectively with people whose backgrounds differ from yours.
All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and graduates have pursued careers across the globe that reflect the diversity of their degrees. Theyve gone on to be successful in education, the media, law, publishing, the civil service, business and finance and the charity sector to name a few. Many others have also pursued postgraduate study, including further training in language-based careers such as translating and interpreting.
To find out more about graduate destinations in your subjects, please see the relevant Single Honours pages.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.Back to top
After your first year youll have the opportunity to spend a year studying at a university in either Taiwan or mainland China.
Youll take language courses provided by our partner universities, a great opportunity to improve your spoken and written Chinese. But for many, its the highlight of their course because of the opportunity it gives them to be surrounded by Chinese culture and get a real sense of life in the country.
Read more about Residence Abroad in East Asian Studies
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