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BSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response and Chinese / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

On the Modern Languages side of the degree students will study compulsory language units (the number of credits will depend on whether students are ab-initio or post-A-Level and whether they are studying European or non-European languages) and the study of the culture and history of a specific region. Teaching within Modern Languages in these latter areas are characterised particularly by the historically and politically contextualised study of culture and cultural practices, including in literature, visual culture and music, with thematic focus on such issues as the environment, popular culture, gender, immigration and transnationalisms, and religion. Crucial here is the understanding of language skills being informed by intercultural awareness and cultural knowledge being mediated by linguistic skills.

On the HRCI side of the degree students critically explore contemporary and historical issues within the broader fields of: international disaster management; peace and conflict studies; and humanitarian response. The thematic focus of the HCRI degree significantly overlaps with that of Languages. For instance, the investigation of environment, gender, migration, cultural norms and behaviours, power, politics, and popular culture. As such, students will be able to apply their theoretical understanding of these broader ideas, and contextualise them in different disciplinary and empirical areas. Furthermore, teaching within HCRI is very much research led, and draws on contemporary and historical case sites from across the world. The vast majority of these cases are located in countries where English is not the principal language. For example, students will explore issues such as resilience, peacebuilding, relief aid, maternal mortality, and refugees in diverse contexts including Puerto Rico, China, Haiti, Venezuela, Mexico, Iraq, Japan, and Cameroon. This will make the content particularly engaging and relevant for students of Languages.

In the first, second and final year students will follow core compulsory and optional introductory modules on both sides of the degree. In their final year students will also have the option of taking a dissertation on either side of the degree alongside their core language units and other optional units. Students will be allocated a dissertation supervisor according to existing procedures for the respective subject areas. Students will also be able to take one free-choice unit at levels 2 and 3, though they will not be required to do so.

In the third year of the degree students will undertake a period of residence abroad according to the School's established residence abroad requirements and provision. It is likely that many students on this degree combination will want to undertake work placements with relevant organisations where possible; but students will also be able to take up the offer of a study placement at one of the existing partner universities in the region of study.


  • Provide a critical insight into destabilising events and develop an understanding and appreciation of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of key issues which inform the debates on disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response.
  • Develop practical expertise in risk and vulnerability analyses, disaster preparedness and response and the integration of development and humanitarian action.
  • Foster an informed attitude on ethical issues related to humanitarianism, including international actions taken by governments, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations in response to disasters of both natural and human origins.
  • Develop strategic research methodologies and techniques, including data gathering, collation, analysis and dissemination of results in disaster risk management and humanitarian action contexts.

Special features


You'll have the opportunity to undertake field study - either here in the UK or overseas - where you'll learn how your knowledge of disaster management and humanitarian response might be applied in the context of real-life hazards and vulnerabilities.

Work placements

Work placements with key partner humanitarian organisations, such as Rethink Rebuild Society, Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) and Mines Advisory Group (MAG), will allow you to gain valuable professional experience.

You can also apply your subject-specific knowledge in a real-world context through a placement year  in your third year of study, enabling you to enhance your employment prospects, clarify your career goals and build your external networks.

Industry partnerships

Our pioneering partnerships with specific national and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) shape the real-world focus of our teaching, as well as offering strong industry links to key career destinations for graduates.

Partners include Save the Children, International Alert, Medecins Sans Frontieres, The Overseas Development Institute, ALNAP, Mines Advisory Group (MAG), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

HCRI is also a World Health Organization collaboration centre. 

Course content for year 1

You will split your study time equally between the two components of your degree.  

All Year 1 students take the core course unit `Introduction to Chinese Studies', plus study up to seven hours a week of `ab initio' Chinese language through dedicated classes aiming to build your linguistic confidence.

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
Introduction to Humanitarianism HCRI10202 20 Mandatory
Key Concepts in International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response HCRI11021 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Disaster Management HCRI11032 20 Mandatory
Modern Chinese Literature and Cinema CHIN12122 20 Optional
Chinese Language 3 CHIN51031 20 Optional
Chinese Language 4 CHIN51042 20 Optional
Chinese Language 5 CHIN51050 20 Optional
Modern China: from the Opium Wars to the Olympic Games HIST10152 20 Optional
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Course content for year 2

In addition to continuing your study in Chinese language, you will develop your knowledge of China via a choice of courses in areas such as literature, film, history, religion, society, culture, economics, anthropology and business, as well as 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 CHIN51050 20 Mandatory
Chinese Language 6 CHIN51060 20 Mandatory
China's Borderlands: Culture, Ethnicity and History CHIN20061 20 Optional
Visual Cultures in China and East Asia CHIN22521 20 Optional
Everyday Peace Building and Security HCRI20001 20 Optional
Disasters and Development HCRI20011 20 Optional
Rethinking Crisis HCRI20022 20 Optional
Emergency Humanitarian Assistance HCRI20212 20 Optional
Professional Experience Project HCRI20220 20 Optional
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Course content for year 3

Your third year is spent abroad under approved conditions, studying in China, Hong Kong or Taiwan.¿

For more information on the period of residence abroad please consult Residence Abroad .

Course content for year 4

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.

Cultural options include Chinese Politics, Pop Culture and Print Media today.

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
Chinese Language 6 CHIN51060 20 Mandatory
Languages-Based Project 1 CHIN51071 10 Mandatory
Language-Based Project 2 CHIN51072 10 Mandatory
Dissertation in Chinese Studies CHIN30000 40 Optional
Religious and Political Ideologies of Modern China CHIN30311 20 Optional
Socialism and Post-Socialism in China CHIN32012 20 Optional
Chinese Translation and Interpreting CHIN32112 20 Optional
Business Chinese CHIN38682 20 Optional
Chinese Language 5 CHIN51050 20 Optional
Dissertation and Research Methods HCRI30000 40 Optional
Introduction to Global Health HCRI30021 20 Optional
War, Migration and Health HCRI30032 20 Optional
Geographic Information Systems and Disasters: A Critical Introduction HCRI30211 20 Optional
Systemic Approaches to Disaster Management HCRI30221 20 Optional
Living Interventions HCRI30412 20 Optional
A Different Sort of Humanitarianism HCRI30611 20 Optional
Building Nations: nations, nationalism and post-conflict reconstruction HCRI30621 20 Optional
Disaster Mobilities of Climate Change HCRI30632 20 Optional
Young people in conflicts and displacement (20th-21st centuries) HCRI30641 20 Optional
Conceptualising the Camp HCRI30652 20 Optional
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