M.A. (China Studies) | M.A.(C.S.)

China is important strategically to India’s economic and foreign policy initiatives; the long relationship between the countries has also created a wealth of exchange in the field of religion and culture. These factors open up many opportunities in terms of careers:

  • Research in areas such as Foreign Policy; Economic Relations; Religion, Philosophy, History and Culture; Language and Literature.
  • Translation and Interpretation: in business and economics, as well as Sinological areas such as literature and culture.
  • Entrepreneurship: start-up culture is widespread in both countries and students can explore the possibilities of starting their own business, networking with counterparts in China, Taiwan, Singapore or Malaysia.

 

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Career Path

China is important strategically to India’s economic and foreign policy initiatives; the long relationship between the countries has also created a wealth of exchange in the field of religion and culture. These factors open up many opportunities in terms of careers:

  • Research in areas such as Foreign Policy; Economic Relations; Religion, Philosophy, History and Culture; Language and Literature.
  • Translation and Interpretation: in business and economics, as well as Sinological areas such as literature and culture.
  • Entrepreneurship: start-up culture is widespread in both countries and students can explore the possibilities of starting their own business, networking with counterparts in China, Taiwan, Singapore or Malaysia.

Eligibility

1. B. A. in China Studies or any other discipline, from a recognized university or institute with minimum Chinese Language Proficiency of HSK 4 Level.

2. Students with Bachelor's in a discipline other than China Studies will have to take an entrance exam.

3. A score of minimum 40% is required in the entrance exam.

Pedagogy

Teaching-learning will occur in lecture and seminar format; with liberal use of media such as films, newspaper articles and case studies. Workshops on themes related to the curriculum of that semester will be organised to enrich the learning experience.

Curriculum

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Semester I Semester II
Core Course 1: Chinese Language (A) Core Course1: Chinese Language (B)
Core Course 2: Religion and Philosophy: Three Main Traditions Core Course2: Contemporary China: Challenges and Prospects
Core Course 3: Contemporary China Elective 1 : Doing Business with China
Elective 1: Modern Chinese Economy Elective 2: China Foreign Cooperation
Elective 2: History of China: An Overview Elective 3: Translation Theory and Practical Exercises
*French or Japanese Language * Students can opt for an audit course and choose between
French or Japanese Language. There are no credits for this course.
Elective 4: Case Studies: China Business and Economy
  Elective 5: Chinese Geography
  Elective 6: China, Persia, Tibet, Kashmir: A Shared Past
Semester III Semester IV
Core Course 1: Advanced Business Chinese Thesis
Core Course 2: China: International Relations   
Core Course 3: Research Methodology    
Elective 1: Start-Up Project  
Elective 2: Advanced Chinese Translation  

Differentiators

  • The Centre for Buddhist Studies has a well-established Chinese language programme and is approved as a Hanban test centre for the past 3 years.
  • Faculty drawn from the best in their field, academia as well as industry, from India and abroad.
  • Opportunities to benefit from student-exchange programmes with international universities.
  • In-house start-up incubation lab is one of the finest in the country.
  • Improved employability as a result of a well-developed network with Indian companies doing business with China and Chinese companies in India.

Programme Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will:

  • Have taken HSK 5 (or equivalent) and at least HSKK-Intermediate during the programme.
  • Have a deep understanding of Chinese culture and distinctive features of Chinese identity, including their role on the world stage.
  • Have a sound grasp of modern Chinese business environment and the possibilities of engagement.
  • Be able to participate in India-China engagement in third countries.
  • Read papers at national and international conferences organised by Somaiya Vidyavihar University.
  • Acquire high-impact research skills.