Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chinese Studies

Entrance Requirements

Eligibility for admission to the programme shall be in accordance with the General Academic Regulations and the Faculty of Humanities Special Regulations 22.2, except that the Faculty shall have discretion to admit students who do not fully meet these requirements but who have prior qualifications in Mandarin Chinese.

Programme Structure

Chinese studies at the University of Botswana shall consist of the following programmes:

  1. Single Major
  2. Minor either in Language-only option or Language and cultural studies option.

1.0 SINGLE MAJOR

1.1 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.

1.2 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.

1.3 To successfully complete the programme, students will be required to obtain 124 credits.

1.4 The following will be the core courses:

Level 100

CHN101: Basic Mandarin 1 (6)
CHN102: Basic Mandarin 2 (6)
CHN103: Introduction to China (3)
CHN104: Understanding China (3)

Level 200

CHN201: Pre-intermediate Mandarin Chinese 1 (6)
CHN202: Pre-intermediate Mandarin Chinese 2 (6)
CHN203: Ancient and Imperial History of China [to 1911] (3)
CHN204: Modern History of China [since 1911] (3)
CHN205: Chinese Philosophy and Religion (3)
CHN206: Political Economy of Contemporary China (3)
CHN207: Introduction to Chinese Literature in Translation (3)

Level 300

CHN301: Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Reading and Writing 1(6)
CHN302: Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Reading and Writing 2 (6)
CHN303: Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Listening and Speaking (3)
CHN304: Chinese for Travelling (3)
CHN305: Chinese Speaking Societies in the World (in English) (3)
CHN306: Hot Topics in Contemporary China (in English) (3)
CHN307: Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK Level 3) (3)
CHN308: Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK Level 4) (3)

Level 400

CHN401: Advanced Mandarin Chinese 1 (6)
CHN402: Advanced Mandarin Chinese 2 (6)
CHN403: Africa’s Relations with China (3)
CHN404: China, Globalization & Changing Power Relations (3)
CHN405: Chinese Literature and Culture (3)
CHN406: Business Chinese (3)

1.5: Options for a total of 15 credits will be selected from a list of approved optional courses from other departments.

1.5.1 It should be noted that due to the special nature of this programme, all the Chinese Studies courses (both language and non-language) are core. The optional courses are approved courses which may be taken from other subjects. The programme does not include any electives.

1.5.2 The following list is provided for this year (2017-18); however, the Faculty may alter the list at discretion to take account of circumstances. (See regulations.) The list below has been arranged by broad categories so as to indicate areas of particular relevance.

Business

MGT100 Principles of Management (3)
MKT100 Principles of Marketing (3)
THM101 Principles of Tourism (3)
MGT200 Organizational Design and Development (Prereq MGT 100) (3)
MKT303 Sales Management (3)
MKT309 Internet Marketing (3)

History and Politics

ARC102 Introduction to World Prehistory (2)
HIS102 Introduction to the Study of History (2)
POL113 Foreign Policy and Diplomacy (3)
HIS201 African Cultures and Civilisations to c.1500 (3)
HIS214 Agriculture & Industrialisation in the World Economy to 1945 (3)
HIS333 Introduction to Foreign Policy, Diplomacy & International Relations (3)
HIS334 Superpowers in the 20th Century (3)
HIS446 Growth, Policy and Poverty in Africa, L. America, S & SE Asia 2 (3)
POL401 International Relations (3)

Language and Literature

ENG213 Prose Literature of Southern Africa (3)
ENG223 The Drama of Southern Africa (3)
ENG233 The Poetry of Southern Africa (3)
ALL353 African Oral Literature and the Media (3)
ENG317 African Drama (3)
ENG373 Botswana Literature (3)
ALL453 Women’s Literature in Botswana (3)
ENG433 Introduction to Gender issues (3)
ENG453 Bessie Head (3)
ENG463 Gender Issues in African Literature (3)

Media Studies

BMS320 Media and Society (3)
BMS329 Development Communication (3)
BMS421 Current Issues in African Media (3)

Philosophy and Religion

TRS107 African Traditional Religions (3)
TRS304 African Philosophy and Culture (3)
TRS409 African Christian Theologies (3)
TRS413 Hinduism (3)
TRS418 Contemporary African Philosophy (3)
TRS424 Buddhism (3) 

Society

SOC123 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology (3)
SOC236 Social Inequality (3)
SOC324 Sociology of Gender (3)
SOC424 African Social Thought (3)

1.6: The Programme structure is as follows:

Year 1

Semester One

CORE

CHN101: Basic Mandarin (6)
CHN103: Introduction to China (3)
1 OPTIONAL

Choose one (1) from the following (4):

MGT100 Principles of Management
THM101 Principles of Tourism
ARC102 Introduction to World Prehistory
SOC123 Introduction to Social & Cultural Anthropology

GECs

ICT121 (2)
COM111 (3)

Total credits: 17

Semester Two

CORE

CHN102 Basic Mandarin 2 (6)
CHN104 Understanding China (3)
1 OPTIONAL

Choose one (1) from the following (3):

MKT100 Principles of Marketing
HIS102 Introduction to the Study of History
TRS107 African Traditional Religion

GECs

ICT122( 2)
COM112 (3)

Total credits: 17

Year 2

Semester One

CORE

CHN201 Pre-intermediate Mandarin Chinese (6)
CHN203 Ancient and Imperial History of China (3)
CHN205 Chinese Philosophy and Religion (3)
CHN207 Introduction to Chinese Literature in Translation (3)

Total credits: 15

Students have the possibility to add one optional course.

Semester Two

CORE

CHN202 Pre-intermediate Mandarin Chinese 2 (6)
CHN204 Modern History of China (3)
CHN206 Political Economy of Contemporary China (3)
1 OPTIONAL (3)

Total credits: 15

Year 3

Semester 1

CORE

CHN301: Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Reading and Writing 1 (6)
CHN303: Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Listening and Speaking (3)
CHN305: Chinese Speaking Societies in the World (in English) (3)
CHN307: Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK Level 3) (3)

Total credits: 15

Students have the possibility to add one optional course.

Semester 2

CORE

CHN302: Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Reading and Writing 2 (6)
CHN304: Chinese for Travelling (3)
CHN306: Hot Topics in Contemporary China (in English) (3)
CHN308: Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK Level 4) (3)

Total credits: 15

Students have the possibility to add one optional course.

Year 4

Semester One

CORE

CHN401: Advanced Mandarin Chinese 1 (6)
CHN403: Africa’s Relations with China (3)
CHN405: Chinese Literature and Culture (3)
1 OPTIONAL

Choose one (1) from the following (3):

HIS201: African Cultures and Civilization to c.1500
HIS333: Introduction to Foreign Policy, Diplomacy & International Relations
POL401: International Relations
ENG373: Botswana Literature
ALL453: Women’s Literature in Botswana
ENG433: Introduction to Gender Studies
TRS304: African Philosophy & Culture
TRS409: African Christian Theologies
SOC424: African Social Thought

Total credits: 15

Semester Two

CORE

CHN402 Advanced Mandarin Chinese 2 (6)
CHN404 China, Globalization & Changing Power Relations (3)
CHN406 Business Chinese (3)
1 OPTIONAL

Choose one (1) from the following (3):

MGT200 Organizational Design & Development (Prereq MGT100)
MKT303 Sales Management
HIS214 Agriculture & Industrialization in the World Economy to 1945
HIS334 Superpowers in the 20th Century
HIS446 Growth, Policy, Diplomacy & International Relations
ENG233 The Poetry of Southern Africa
ENG453 Bessie Head
ENG463 Gender Issues in African Literature
BMS329 Development Communication
TRS418 Contemporary African Philosophy
TRS424 Buddhism
SOC236 Social Inequality
SOC324 Sociology of Gender

Total credits: 15

2.0. MINORS

A Minor in Chinese Studies will be available for students in other programmes. Apart from its general educational value, a qualification in Chinese would improve employability for e.g. an engineering, tourism or business graduate.

Three possible types of secondary qualification are available:

  1. Minor in Chinese Studies (Language option) with study in China
  2. Minor in Chinese Studies (Language option) with supplementary language study with the Confucius Institute, etc.
  3. Minor in Chinese Studies (cultural option)
    For Years One and Two, Minor students will take the same language courses as the Major students. Minor students will take a reduced language component at Year Three, and take some non-language courses at Year Four.

2.1 Minors in the Chinese Studies Programme

Students wishing to graduate with a Minor in Chinese Studies can select either a language option or an option including language and cultural studies. All these options require 51 credits.

2.2 Minor in Chinese Studies, Language-only option 

This Minor would be suitable for a student specializing in some other subject but wishing to acquire some degree of competence in Chinese language, thus increasing employability for e.g. an engineering, tourism or business graduate.

2.2.1 Language-only Option with study in China

The requirements for this option are 

  • 24 core credits from all the language courses at first and second year 
  • 15 core credits from a winter session in China
  • 6 credits from GEC courses
  • 6 credits from electives

However, the requirement for a winter session in China may, at the discretion of the Faculty, be replaced by a shortened study session in China and/or alternative language courses such as Confucius Institute classes, an attachment to a Chinese company, etc.

2.2.2 Language-only Option with supplementary language study in Botswana

The requirements for this option are

  • 24 core credits from all the language courses at first and second year,
  • 15 core credits from alternative language courses such as Confucius Institute classes, an attachment to a Chinese company, etc.
  • 6 credits from GEC courses 
  • 6 credits from electives

2.3 Minor in Chinese Studies, Language and Cultural Studies Option

This Minor would be suitable for a student specializing in another subject but wishing to acquire basic Chinese language skills, together with a good understanding of Chinese society.

The requirements for this option are

  • 24 core credits from all language courses at first and second year
  • 9 core credits from a shortened study session in China or alternative language courses
  • 18 optional credits from six of the following courses:-

CHN103: Introduction to China (3 credits)
CHN104: Understanding China (3 credits)
CHN203: Ancient and Imperial History of China [to 1911] (3 credits)
CHN204: Modern History of China [since 1911] (3 credits)
CHN205: Chinese Philosophy and Religion (3 credits)
CHN206: Political Economy of Contemporary China (3 credits)
CHN207: Introduction to Chinese Literature in Translation (3 credits)
CHN403: Africa’s Relations with China (3 credits)
CHN404: China, Globalization & Changing Power Relations (3 credits)
CHN405: Chinese Literature and Culture (3 credits)

2.4.To graduate with the Minor in Chinese Studies (Language and cultural studies Option) a student shall be required to obtain 51 credits, including 24 core credits from Basic Mandarin 1, Basic Mandarin 2, Preintermediate Mandarin Chinese 1, and Pre-intermediate Mandarin Chinese 2, 9 core credits from a shortened study session in China or, at the discretion of the Faculty, approved alternative language courses, attachments with Chinese companies and agencies, etc., and 18 optional credits from six of the following courses:

CHN102 Introduction to China (3 credits)
CHN103 Understanding China (3 credits)
CHN203 Ancient and Imperial History of China [to 1911] (3 credits)
CHN204 Modern History of China [since 1911] (3 credits)
CHN205 Chinese Philosophy and Religion (3 credits)
CHN206 Political Economy of Contemporary China (3 credits)
CHN207 Introduction to Chinese Literature in Translation (3 credits)
CHN403 Africa’s Relations with China (3 credits)
CHN403 China, Globalization & Changing Power Relations (3 credits)
CHN404 Chinese Literature and Culture (3 credits)

2.5 Students with prior HSK qualifications in Chinese language may, at the discretion of the Faculty, be given credit for these as substituting for language courses.

2.6 The list of approved optional courses from other departments shall be determined and published as appropriate from time to time.

3.0 Assessment

Assessment shall normally include course assessment as provided for in General Regulations, including essays, tests, presentations, project assignments, group exercises, practical exercises, and other forms of assessment appropriate to the particular course, and final examinations, but the assessment requirements may vary between courses according to the approved course prescriptions.

4.0 Progression

In order to proceed from one semester to the next, a student must obtain a cumulative GPA, which is in accordance with General Regulation 00.9.

5.0 Awards in Chinese Studies

Bachelor of Arts Degree:

To graduate as Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies, students must qualify for a BA under the General Regulations of the Faculty of Humanities, and satisfy the requirements for the Major in Chinese Studies. 

To graduate with the Major in Chinese Studies, a student shall be required to obtain 124 credits.

Minors:

To graduate with the Minor in Chinese Studies (Language option), a student shall be required to obtain 51 credits, including 24 core credits from Basic Mandarin 1, Basic Mandarin 2, Pre-intermediate Mandarin Chinese 1, and Pre-intermediate Mandarin Chinese 2, 15 core credits from a winter session in China, 6 credits from GEC courses, and 6 credits from electives. At the discretion of Faculty, the requirement for a winter session in China may be replaced by other appropriate language study, which may include a shortened study session in China, approved alternative language courses, attachments with Chinese companies and agencies, etc.

To graduate with the Minor in Chinese Studies (Language and cultural studies Option) a student shall be required to obtain 51 credits, including 24 core credits from Basic Mandarin 1, Basic Mandarin 2, Pre-intermediate Mandarin Chinese 1, and Pre-intermediate Mandarin Chinese 2, 9 core credits from a shortened study session in China or at the discretion of the Faculty approved alternative language courses, attachments with Chinese companies and agencies, etc., and 18 optional credits.