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Chinese Studies

Chinese Studies

Chinese is a group of similar but often mutually exclusive languages spoken primarily in the Oriental nations of South and East Asia. Between 15–20% of the world's population speak Chinese as their first language.

The most common form, Standard Chinese, is the Beijing dialect of the Mandarin language. It is the official language of China, Taiwan and Singapore, and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
Courses often offer a great insight into the Chinese nation, including business, economy, geography, history, language, law, politics, religion, media and culture.

Digging deeper into subject interests can help you in a number of ways:

  • Confirm whether this is (or isn't) something you would be interested in enough to want to study it at university either as the focus of your degree or a minor/elective

  • Give you some inspiration to use when creating your questions and topics for IA's (coursework) and your Extended Essay

  • Provide you with content for your university application writing in the future, enabling you to reflect on the things you've been doing to explore your interests in a way that is academically relevant to the course or institution you are applying for.

Useful Resources

The Linguist
Access Archived copies of The Linguist published by the Chartered Institute of Linguists for free online -or subscribe to read the latest copy.
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Summer Schools in Europe
The most complete directory of summer courses in Europe. It includes courses for high school, undergraduate and graduate students, so ensure you read the descriptions to find options right for you.
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Online Course
Coursera is an online platform for distance learning. They have a range of free courses delivered by universities. Search in this section to find courses of interest to you, often these are courses you can follow at your own pace.
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Online Course
The X Series courses on the EdX platform are free online courses delivered by universities and aimed at helping you explore areas of interest.
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Online Course
FutureLearn is a free online platform where universities from around the globe host FREE online courses you can undertake in your areas of interest. Browse courses by categories or use the search bar to find courses relevant to your interests
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Asian Studies Centre
The Asian Studies Centre was founded in 1982 at St Antony's College and is primarily a co-ordinating organisation which exists to bring together specialists from a wide variety of different disciplines. Geographically, the Centre predominantly covers South, Southeast and East Asia. The Asian Studies Centre works closely with scholars in the Oriental Institute, the Oxford China Centre, the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme and the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies (in premises at St Antony's). The Asian Studies Centre is host to the Taiwan Studies Programme, Modern Burmese Studies Programme, the South Asian History Seminar Series and the Southeast Asian Studies Seminar Series.
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TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities
Podcast | Recorded Lecture
The University of Oxford is home to an impressive range and depth of research activities in the Humanities. TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities is a major new initiative that seeks to build on this heritage and to stimulate and support research that transcends disciplinary and institutional boundaries. Here we feature some of the networks and programmes, as well as recordings of events, and offer insights into the research that they make possible.
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Languages & Cultures Lectures & Talks from the University of Lancaster
Recorded Lecture
The department of Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University have recorded a range of taster lectures which are available free on You Tube
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These videos bring you cutting-edge research from Oxford's graduate students on a wide range of topics - from climate change and colonialism, to microbiomes and mathematical logic. Each video offers an introduction to a new topic, plus lots of activities and further resources to explore. When you click on a topic, you will be asked a few questions and then you will be able to play the video you've chosen.
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Royal Society for Asian Affairs You
Video | Webinar | Recorded Lecture
A collection of webinars and recorded lectures from the UK Royal Society for Asian Affairs
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Website | Podcast | Blog | Video
The HE+ website has supercurricular resources created and written by Cambridge students and academics including challenging activities, engaging videos, reflective questions and much more.
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