SUPPLEMENTARY SUBJECT IN CHINESE STUDIES

Introduction

The central empire

Of all languages in the world, Chinese is the one spoken by the greatest number of people. The People’s Republic of China is also an immense country, undergoing rapid development. China plays an increasingly important role in the world community, and as a student, you examine the enormous national and international challenges this central empire is facing. How is the Chinese national identity developing in correlation with globalisation, for example, and what impact do these rapid changes have on norms, institutions and individuals?

Mandarin, Ming and Mao

In Chinese as a subsidiary subject, you study Chinese language, culture, history and social conditions. The degree programme begins with a one-year preparatory course (propaedeutics), which gives you an introduction to the language and the country. The language you learn is Mandarin, which is the official language in China. When you have finished your propaedeutic course, you continue with studies of the modern language. We stress that teaching must be in the form of a dialogue and that you – the student – have plenty of opportunity to participate actively.

Literature, media, history and society

In addition to the study of the language itself, you work with Chinese culture, history and social conditions. You thus work comprehensively with Chinese language, literature, media, history and society, and you learn how to examine the relationships between political, societal, cultural and financial issues. The emphasis is on modern China and its current development.

Language, history, culture and society

We deal with many different topics and aspects of Chinese language, history, culture and society, including:

  • What impact did the philosopher Confucius have on contemporary society? And what role does he play today?
  • For what reasons did Mao’s “great leap forward” fail?
  • How do you express yourself correctly in a conversation?
  • What is the literary arena like in China?
  • What common cultural features do Chinese people have and how great are the differences in the world’s most populated country?

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:

-       SEE THE ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.

Structure bachelor

Structure master

Student life

Forms of teaching

Most of the teaching in Chinese takes place in classrooms, where you and your fellow students contribute actively in discussions and with presentations.

You are expected to spend a study period in China during your fourth term.

Reading groups

Chinese students are divided into reading groups. This is important for both academic and social reasons, as it enables you to exchange subject-related knowledge and learn from each other, as well as socialising outside university hours.

In addition to your studies, there are many other activities available in your spare time.

  • Student Committee: This is the students’ political body, where you can discuss everything from academic regulations to Christmas lunches and excursions. The Student Committee consists of students of both Chinese and Japanese, and it is a great place to meet other students. The Student Committee is also responsible for organising celebrations and Friday bars, and for showing Asian films to the students.

Career

Chinese teacher

A subsidiary subject in Chinese qualifies you to teach Chinese at upper secondary schools, folk high schools, in businesses, etc.

You should note that Chinese is a minor subject at upper secondary school and you can therefore improve your job prospects by choosing a major subject as your main subject, e.g. English, Danish or history, rather than combining two medium or two minor subjects.

For more information about work at upper secondary schools, see the University of Aarhus web site or gymnasiejob.dk.

Culture, marketing and tourism

In addition to teaching, you are also qualified to work in the following areas:

  • Translation and interpreting: Many Danish companies with branches in China or collaborative agreements with Chinese people require staff with language skills.
  • Cultural communication: In recent years, Asia has built up one of the most powerful economies in the world, and an increasing number of graduates are employed in Danish companies based in China, in foreign companies and as cultural consultants in the travel industry.
  • Marketing: Due to the considerable cultural differences between Europe and China, advertising campaigns and information must be adapted to the target country. Many graduates therefore work with communication and marketing in import/export companies or international groups of companies with branches in Denmark and China.
  • Travel, conferences and tourism: Along with the increased interest in China, the number of people travelling to China is also increasing. This applies to both private individuals and companies. A job planning and organising travel activities is thus an obvious career choice for graduates of Chinese.

Competences

The subsidiary subject in Chinese provides you with the following skills:

  • Language: You are able to read, speak, write and understand modern Chinese.
  • Culture: You acquire an in-depth knowledge of Chinese culture, history and social conditions.
  • Communication: You learn to express yourself correctly in specific contexts, both verbally and in writing, and you understand how to adapt a message to different target groups in intercultural contexts.
  • Structure: During your studies, you spend a lot of time thoroughly learning the Chinese language, written characters, grammar and phonetics. You also learn to define a subject, examine it in depth and work independently on assignments and projects.