BA Spanish and Chinese / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

Our BA Spanish and Chinese joint honours degree will give you a grounding in writing, speaking and understanding the Spanish and Mandarin Chinese languages.

Language study offers much more than just language fluency. You'll explore diverse aspects of the culture, society, history, politics and literature of the countries in which Spanish and Mandarin Chinese are spoken, helping you to develop intercultural awareness and communication skills - both highly valued by employers.

You'll benefit from excellent teaching, student support and cutting-edge study facilities, as well as from the vibrancy and cultural diversity of Manchester itself, Western Europe's most multilingual city.

With placement options available at partner universities and in professional environments in Spanish- and Chinese-speaking countries, a compulsory third year abroad gives our undergraduate students unforgettable and invaluable personal and professional experience.

Special features

Residence abroad

You can  study and/or work  for up to a year in a country or countries relevant to your chosen language(s) to improve your communicative language skills in a native-speaker environment.

Palaver Festival

Palaver Festival , a collaboration with the neighbouring Contact Theatre, offers you the opportunity to explore links between language and performance across a range of genres including literature, theatre, dance and more.

Collaborations and partnerships

The University has links with language and cultural institutions across the city, including:

  • Instituto Cervantes - a centre for Spanish culture
  • HOME - international and contemporary art, theatre and film
  • Alliance Française - home of French language and culture.

Societies

The University is home to over 30 international and language-related  student societies  offering a breadth of cultural activities and experiences, including the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Student Society.

Teaching and learning

You'll learn through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials, spending approximately 12 hours a week in formal study sessions.

For every hour of university study, you will be expected to complete a further 2-3 hours of independent study. You will also need to study during the holiday periods.

The individual study component could be spent reading, producing written work, revising for examinations or working in the University's Language Centre.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed in various ways, including:

  • written and oral examinations;
  • presentations;
  • coursework (which may include library research, linguistic fieldwork and data collection, or web-based research);
  • in your final year, a dissertation based on a research topic of your choice.

Assessment methods vary from course unit to course unit - see individual course unit listings for more information.

Course content for year 1

You will study 60 credits from each discipline.

In the first year of your course, you are trained in the modern spoken and written Spanish language through compulsory core courses and you will also be provided with the skills required to be successful in your study of Spanish and Latin American culture and history.

In Chinese you will study the core module 'Introduction to Chinese Studies' plus Chinese language.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Introduction to Chinese Studies CHIN10050 20 Mandatory
Chinese Language 1 CHIN51011 20 Mandatory
Chinese Language 2 CHIN51022 20 Mandatory
Cultures of the Hispanic World SPLA10410 20 Mandatory
Themes in Spanish and Latin American Studies SPLA10420 20 Mandatory
Spanish Language 1 SPLA51011 20 Mandatory
Spanish Language 2 SPLA51022 20 Mandatory
Spanish Language 3 SPLA51030 20 Mandatory
Modern Chinese Literature CHIN12122 20 Optional
Chinese Language 3 CHIN51031 20 Optional
Chinese Language 4 CHIN51042 20 Optional
Chinese Language 5 CHIN51051 10 Optional
Chinese Language 6 CHIN51062 10 Optional
Chinese Language 7 CHIN51071 10 Optional
Chinese Language 8 CHIN51082 10 Optional
Modern China: from the Opium Wars to the Olympic Games HIST10151 20 Optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10201 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 17 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

You may choose to study up to two thirds from either discipline or maintain equal weighting.

You follow a compulsory Spanish language course and take options (usually two) chosen from a list, an indicative example of which follows below

In addition to continuing your study in Chinese language, you develop your knowledge of China via a choice of courses on the country's literature, film, history, religion, society, culture, economics, anthropology and business. You also begin to prepare for residence abroad.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Chinese Language 3 CHIN51031 20 Mandatory
Chinese Language 4 CHIN51042 20 Mandatory
Chinese Language 5 CHIN51051 10 Mandatory
Chinese Language 6 CHIN51062 10 Mandatory
Chinese Language 7 CHIN51071 10 Mandatory
Chinese Language 8 CHIN51082 10 Mandatory
Chinese Language 9 CHIN51091 10 Mandatory
Chinese Language 10 CHIN51102 10 Mandatory
Spanish Language 4 SPLA51040 20 Mandatory
Spanish Language 5 SPLA51050 20 Mandatory
Visual Cultures in China and East Asia CHIN22521 20 Optional
Introduction to Classical Chinese CHIN28572 20 Optional
Chinese Language 3 CHIN51031 20 Optional
Chinese Language 4 CHIN51042 20 Optional
Chinese Language 5 CHIN51051 10 Optional
Chinese Language 6 CHIN51062 10 Optional
Chinese Language 7 CHIN51071 10 Optional
Chinese Language 8 CHIN51082 10 Optional
Chinese Language 9 CHIN51091 10 Optional
Chinese Language 10 CHIN51102 10 Optional
Transnational Chinese Cinemas DRAM20021 20 Optional
Late Imperial China: From the Jesuits to the East India Company HIST20422 20 Optional
Asia-Pacific Security POLI21041 20 Optional
History and Culture in Modern Spain SPLA20332 20 Optional
History of Latin America SPLA20362 20 Optional
Spanish Linguistics SPLA20772 20 Optional
Hispanic Cinemas SPLA20841 20 Optional
Cultures of Revolution in Latin America SPLA20861 20 Optional
Spanish Language 4 SPLA51040 20 Optional
Spanish Language 5 SPLA51050 20 Optional
Catalan Language & Culture 1 SPLA53010 20 Optional
Catalan Language & Culture 2 SPLA53020 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 32 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

Your third year of study is  spent abroad  under approved conditions.

Course content for year 4

You may choose to divide your studies equally between both languages or study up to two thirds from either language. It is possible to undertake an optional dissertation with one-to-one supervision from an academic member of staff.

Spanish

Continue your studies of the Spanish language and perfect your writing and oral skills.

Choose from a wide range of options, including the study of Latin American revolutions, Spanish film and popular music, Hispanic literature.

Chinese

You may undertake a dissertation in Chinese studies to work on an area of particular interest in depth as well as selecting from various modules in religion, historical, cultural and social science areas.

The language teaching programme continues to develop skills such as reading and writing Chinese, and includes work on interpreting and on translation as practical skills.

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Languages-Based Project 1 CHIN38771 10 Mandatory
Language-Based Project 2 CHIN38772 10 Mandatory
Chinese Language 9 CHIN51091 10 Mandatory
Chinese Language 10 CHIN51102 10 Mandatory
Additional Chinese for Final Year Students CHIN51111 0 Mandatory
Spanish Language 6 SPLA51060 20 Mandatory
Dissertation in Chinese Studies CHIN30000 40 Optional
The Environment in Chinese Literature and Film CHIN30242 20 Optional
Religious and Political Ideologies of Modern China CHIN30312 20 Optional
Publishing and Print Media in Modern China CHIN35221 20 Optional
Business Chinese CHIN38682 20 Optional
Languages-Based Project 1 CHIN38771 10 Optional
Language-Based Project 2 CHIN38772 10 Optional
Chinese Language 9 CHIN51091 10 Optional
Chinese Language 10 CHIN51102 10 Optional
Additional Chinese for Final Year Students CHIN51111 0 Optional
Introduction to Interpreting: Context, Skills and Modes ELAN30242 20 Optional
China & the West: From the Opium War to the Olympic Games HIST31201 20 Optional
Dissertation in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies SPLA30000 40 Optional
Transnational Identities in Latin American Literature SPLA30011 20 Optional
Social Issues in Portuguese and Spanish Film SPLA30641 20 Optional
Modern Spanish Music: A Cultural History SPLA31081 20 Optional
The Politics of Business in Latin America SPLA31092 20 Optional
Plural Cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean SPLA31121 20 Optional
The Supernatural in Latin American Literature and Film SPLA31132 20 Optional
Memory and Culture in Post-Franco Spain SPLA31142 20 Optional
History of the Spanish Atlantic World: Empire, Trade, War SPLA31151 20 Optional
Catalan Language & Culture 1 SPLA53010 20 Optional
Catalan Language & Culture 2 SPLA53020 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 29 course units for year 4

Scholarships and bursaries

Residence Abroad Support We offer dedicated financial support packages of up to £2,000 for residence abroad students, based on household income. You will be automatically assessed for this, based on your Student Finance finance assessment - you just need to make sure you apply for a financial assessment in the academic year in which your residence abroad will take place.

RWS Brode Scholarship You may be eligible for this scholarship if you fulfil the following conditions:

  • Your qualifications were achieved at a state-funded school in the UK
  • your total household income does not exceed £60K (as verified by the Student Loan Company)
  • You achieve high marks in your A-levels (or equivalent qualifications), usually AAB or above
  • You apply to (and remain on) either a single honours Language programme, or a dual-language programme

Awards will be made according to a sliding scale, benefitting those who have the achieved the highest marks, whilst being from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.  Again, you will be automatically assessed for this, after you have registered on your degree programme. You simply need to make sure you allow the University access to your records when applying for your Student Loan (we cannot otherwise assess your eligibility).

Facilities

The  University Language Centre  is home to language resources, including a new interpreting suite, purpose-built recording rooms and resources for over 70 languages.

The Centre also offers multilingual word processing, language learning software, off-air recording and AV duplication, multilingual terrestrial and satellite TV, and extensive support and advice for learners.

Learn more on the  Facilities  page.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk