Modern Languages: Chinese and Global Communication BA Honours

University of Westminster
In London

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location London
  • Bachelor's degree
  • London

This Modern Languages degree is designed to develop your knowledge, use and understanding of the Chinese language and culture, along with the skills needed for effective communication in the professional global environment.
The course enables you to achieve a good or high level of linguistic competence in Chinese in all four skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking), and demonstrate a good or high degree of proficiency in mediating between Chinese and English.
You will be able to function linguistically in diverse cultural situations, and acquire qualities and skills in areas such as interpersonal communication and organisational skills, flexibility and tolerance, analysis and argument, autonomy and team working, and team management. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.
Our Chinese courses are only available to beginner or 'false beginner' entrants – false beginners are students who may be able to read and write a limited number of Chinese characters, and/or have the equivalent to one or two years' part-time study. Please note that we may need to test you to determine your entry point.
Course content.

You will study an integrated curriculum with a focus on applied language skills and cultural studies, supported by a rigorous development of your foreign language skills in all areas. You can also study an elective module from across the University in each year.
Teaching and learning takes place through a combination of formal lectures, seminars and practical workshops; guided self-study and preparation; and exposure to professionally relevant simulations and real-work environments. Much of your learning will take place during independent study, individually and in groups, in the well-resourced and recently refurbished library, at home and via the online learning provision.
Assessment methods include in-class coursework, essays and projects, presentations, and...


Where and when

Starts Location
On request
Harrow Campus, Northwick Park, HA1 3TP, London, England
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Starts On request
Harrow Campus, Northwick Park, HA1 3TP, London, England
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What you'll learn on the course

Communication Training
Team Training
Part Time

Course programme

Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include:
Intercultural Communication: an Introduction
Interpersonal Global Communication: Concepts and Strategies
Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums
The Chinese World and the Word
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Subjects of study include:
Culture(s) and Conflict(s): Representations of War, Conflict and Revolution across World Cultures
Expressions of Chinese Culture
Language, Power and Institutions: Decoding Dominant Narratives
Screening Memory through Food, Music and Childhood
Complex Narratives: Representation, Meaning and Identity
Transposing Current Affairs through Multilingual e-Collaboration
Work Placement/Work Shadowing Experience in a Language/Culture Setting
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Subjects of study include:
Developing Career Competences for Linguists
Dissertation/Professional Project
Dreaming the Same Dream? Concepts of Happiness across Cultures
Gender Matters: Femininities, Masculinities and Trans-Cultural Practice
Narrating the Other: Politics and Literature
People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory in and across Diasporic Spaces
Professionalising Global Communication
Themes in Contemporary Chinese Studies
The Course content.
is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over six to eight years.
Westminster electives
As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

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