BA Modern Sinology

The BA in Modern Sinology is a so-called “Mono-BA”, i.e. a single-subject BA (as opposed to a two-subject BA, or double major). It is aimed at those students who wish to study China in all its linguistic and cultural facets. This study program requires very high levels of motivation and resilience, as students are required to learn the modern Chinese language in both its spoken and written forms, master the basics of classical Chinese and complete both introductory and advanced seminars on topics relating to modern China.

The course of studies in the bachelor’s degree program “East Asian Studies/Modern Sinology” is divided into the areas of language training, knowledge transfer, theory and methodological training, research and preparation for further studies as well as preparation for professional careers.

Language Training: The students develop basic qualifications in modern, standard Chinese language (spoken and written) as a prerequisite for the mastery of everyday communication. There is an introduction to the pre-modern literary language. The fifth semester is spent at a Chinese or Taiwanese partner university.

Knowledge transfer: Students acquire introductory qualifications in the fields of history and philosophy/religion. Additionally, students choose three from the following five fields to acquire introductory qualifications: politics, society, economics, law of modern China and linguistics of modern Chinese. These introductory qualifications enable students to understand processes in modern and contemporary China.

Theory and methodological training: The course provides a critical understanding of important cultural and social science theories and methods in their application to the subject of China. In addition to the major Sinology students have to take a minor (subject-external area of competence/ außerfachlicher Kompetenzbereich) to attain skills and competencies in a second discipline for developing further their academic profile.

Academic research work and preparation for advanced degree programs: Students obtain the ability to deepen the knowledge acquired independently and to develop knowledge of the current state of research. They acquire the capability to take a differentiated approach to reflection regarding modern China and are introduced to scientific work on issues that arise in this context.