United Kingdom, London

Understanding China

when 25 July 2016 - 12 August 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1450

This course focuses on the social, political and economic transformations that have taken place in contemporary China. In addition to providing a historical overview and factual information, the course promotes critical understanding of Chinese events and social structures. An important feature of the course is to encourage students to develop an understanding of interdisciplinary research and its potential through a multi-disciplinary teaching covering anthropology, sociology, politics and management studies.

Course leader

Guangtian Ha and Dr Damian Tobin

Target group

Current students, professionals + leisure learners

Course aim

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

To grasp the key themes and debates related to the social, economic and political transformations in China today;
To evaluate critically a range of materials that are available relating to the study of China;
Develop an understanding of interdisciplinary research and its potential.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.

Fee info

GBP 1450: Tuition
A tuition fee of £1450 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.

Application fee
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £60 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.

An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 31 March 2016.
15% discount for SOAS Alumni or if you take a combination of sessions 2 and 3.
20% discount for current SOAS students and our partner institutions.
Other discounts are available for groups, please contact us for further information.

Accommodation is available at an extra fee of £700 for 20 nights. For more details of how to reserve a room please our accommodation page.


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