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Program Details

Faculty : Faculty of Humanities

Program Name : Bachelor of Arts (Chinese Studies)

BGCSE Points(or similar) : 35


Type : Under Graduate

No. of Semesters : 8

Description : BGCSE/equivalent with a minimum of grade C in English Language. 1. The Chinese Studies programme is a concentrated Single Major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. This concentration is necessary in view of the high language standard to be mastered in four years. 2. In the Third Year, Single Major Students will spend a compulsory year in China at a partner institution. This year is an indispensable feature in order to produce graduates with sufficient fluency in Chinese and familiarity with the society. It will however be expensive, and it is therefore necessary that students’ sponsors should be aware of the full cost, and able to guarantee it, for any student to be admitted to the Single Major. (In this regard the programme is similar to some existing high-cost programmes such as medicine.) 3. Teaching will be in English at lower levels. This is in accordance with international best practice and is necessary because of the relative difficulty of beginning Chinese. 4. To successfully complete the programme, students will be required to obtain 122 credits, of which 39 will be from core language courses, 30 from a compulsory year abroad in China, 30 from optional social/historical courses, 15 from electives and 8 from GEC courses.

Courses involved :

Semester 1

Core Courses

  BASIC MANDARIN I Credits : 6
  INTRODUCTION TO CHINA Credits : 3
  INTRO TO COMMN & ACADEMIC LITERACY(HUM & EDU) Credits : 3
  COMPUTER SKILLS FUNDAMENTALS I Credits : 2

Optional Courses

  INTRODUCTION TO WORLD PREHISTORY Credits : 2
  Course Description :This course provides students with a basic understanding of prehistory through a critical appraisal of concepts of culture change and continuity in selected regions of the world. Key concepts such as human evolution, domestication, origins of agriculture and emergence of complex societies are discussed. 2 lecture hours per week.
  PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT Credits : 3
  INTRO. TO SOCIAL & CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY Credits : 3
  PRINCIPLES OF TOURISM Credits : 3

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 1.

Semester 2

Core Courses

  BASIC MANDARIN II Credits : 6
  UNDERSTANDING CHINA Credits : 3
  ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL COMMN (HUM & EDU) Credits : 3
  COMPUTER SKILLS FUNDAMENTALS 2 INFORMATION SKILLS 11 Credits : 2

Optional Courses

  INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF HISTORY Credits : 2
  Course Description :The course applies the skills and methods of university historians to selected aspects of the history of Botswana and neighbouring areas, raising questions of individual identity, gender, class, language and ethnicity, inheritance and heritage. 2 lecture hours per week.
  PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING Credits : 3
  AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS Credits : 3

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 2.

Semester 3

Core Courses

  PRE-INTERMEDIATE MANDARIN CHINESE I Credits : 6
  ANCIENT AND IMPERIAL HISTORY OF CHINA Credits : 3
  CHINESE PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION Credits : 3
  INTRO. TO CHINESE LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 3.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 3.

Semester 4

Core Courses

  PRE-INTERMEDIATE MANDARIN CHINESE II Credits : 6
  MODERN HISTORY OF CHINA (SINCE 1911) Credits : 3
  POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CONTEMPORARY CHINA Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 4.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 4.

Semester 5

Core Courses

    No Core courses present in this Program for Semester 5.

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 5.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 5.

Semester 6

Core Courses

    No Core courses present in this Program for Semester 6.

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 6.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 6.

Semester 7

Core Courses

  ADVANCED MANDARIN CHINESE I Credits : 6
  AFRICA'S RELATIONS WITH CHINA Credits : 3
  CHINESE LITERATURE AND CULTURE Credits : 3

Optional Courses

  WOMEN'S LITERATURE IN BOTSWANA Credits : 3
  Course Description :The course will include a study on various literary texts created by women in Botswana from oral to written, how they handle relations of power, sexuality and gender issues, their vision and communicative strategies.
  BOTSWANA LITERATURE Credits : 3
  Course Description :The course is a critical study of the novel, poetry, short story and drama of Botswana. It will also trace the development of the literature. The course will focus on stylistic, thematic and generic differences and similarities in the works.
  INTRODUCTION TO GENDER ISSUES Credits : 3
  Course Description :This course will combine theoretical and practical approaches to literature in order to clarify how, and the extent to which, feminist criticism can be applied to analyse literary texts.
  AFRICAN CULTURES & CIVILISATIONS TO C.1500 Credits : 3
  INTRO TO FOREIGN POLICY, DIP.& INT. RELATIONS Credits : 3
  Course Description :The concepts of diplomacy, foreign policy and international relations, and their historical evolution; operation of the international system and role of big powers therein. 3 lecture hours per week.
  INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Credits : 3
  AFRICAN SOCIAL THOUGHT Credits : 3
  AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE Credits : 2
  Course Description :This course will examine how philosophy and culture have interacted in an African context. It will investigate the thought of several African thinkers.
  AFRICAN CHRISTIAN THEOLOGIES Credits : 2
  Course Description :This course will comprise readings from African theologians that focus on important theological issues facing the African Church today. It will examine the question of the enculturation of the Church in Africa, taking into account the cultural, social, economic and political factors in both colonial and postcolonial Africa.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 7.

Semester 8

Core Courses

  ADVANCED MANDARIN CHINESE II Credits : 6
  CHINA,GLOBALIZATION& CHANGING POWER RELATIONS Credits : 3
  BUSINESS CHINESE Credits : 3

Optional Courses

  DEVELOPMENTAL COMMUNICATION Credits : 3
  Course Description :A survey of major development communication theories and their application in different media projects as part of total communications strategies.
  THE POETRY OF SOUTHERN AFRICA Credits : 3
  Course Description :This course introduces students to the poetry of Southern Africa. While focusing on the modern written forms, it also points to the living, everyday experience of oral traditions of poetry. The course is broadly representative of the countries, themes and forms of poetic expression in the region.
  BESSIE HEAD Credits : 3
  Course Description :This course focuses on Bessie Head as one of the major writers to emerge from Botswana and Africa.
  GENDER ISSUES IN AFRICAN LITERATURE Credits : 3
  Course Description :Requiring a comprehensive reading of feminist theory and some literary texts, the course encourages students to draw on different disciplines to explore representations of motherhood and fatherhood in nationalist politics and literature; visual representations of female and male sexuality, mainstream feminist criticism and 'womanism.'
  AGRICULTURE & INDUST. IN THE WORLD ECONOMY Credits : 3
  Course Description :Comparing the rise of capitalism in Britain, France, Germany, Russia and parts of southern and eastern Europe, with Japan and North America—with emphasis on agrarian transition, commercial revolutions, economic crisis and recovery. 3 lecture hours per week.
  SUPERPOWERS IN THE 20TH CENTURY Credits : 3
  Course Description :Conceptual frameworks for analysing the international system; main historiographical issues concerning the role of the big powers and the survival of small states. 3 lecture hours per week.
  GROWTH, POLICY & POVERTY IN AFRICA, LATIN AMA Credits : 3
  Course Description :Comparing pre-colonial, colonial and postcolonial world regions: institutional settings, rise of capitalist development, contending rationalities in the agricultural sector, famines, hunger, and starvation; persistence of poverty and social exclusion. 3 lecture hours per week.
  ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT Credits : 3
  STRATEGIC SALES MANAGEMENT Credits : 3
  SOCIAL INEQUALITIES Credits : 3
  SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER Credits : 3
  CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY Credits : 2
  Course Description :This course will study some of the major issues that have shaped, and continue to shape, African's social, economic and political landscape. It will examine the development and application of such theories as humanism, African socialism and others.
  BUDDHISM Credits : 2
  Course Description :This course will study the origin, development and basic concepts of Buddhism. It will trace ways in which different "Buddhisms" developed.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 8.
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