In addition to the language the syllabus includes a broad range of stimulating options. First-year courses include an introduction to Chinese Studies. Second- and final-year options offer increasing levels of specialisation as you proceed towards your degree. They cover a wide variety of cultural, historical and literary material from various centuries that will enable you to understand both modern China and how China has become the country it is today. When students are studying modules with a primarily cultural focus, these modules will set out to equip the students with a detailed understanding of culture, history and society in a Chinese and/or Sinophone context. This will enable students to pursue specialised topics of particular interest that provide both breadth and depth. Each year you will study a total 60 credits in Chinese, and both the language and cultural modules will build over the years to provide both breadth and depth of understanding geared towards helping students to develop linguistic, analytical and communication skills by both working with others and individually.