Business and Economy of Contemporary China BSc

   
   
  

Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:T133
Qualification:BSc Hons
Type and duration:3 year UG
Qualification name:Business and Economy of Contemporary China
UCAS code
UCAS code
T133
Qualification
Business and Economy of Contemporary China | BSc Hons
Duration
3 years full-time
A level offer
AAB-ABB
Required subjects
A level accounting, economics or maths preferred
IB score
34-32
Course location
Jubilee Campus and Ningbo Campus
Course places
50
School/department
 

Overview

Covering business, finance, management and economics, this course equips graduates with the skills to work in China and non-native Mandarin speakers spend a year at our Ningbo campus.
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This course will enable you to gain an understanding of China's business, financial, management and economic development, combined with training in Mandarin from beginners' to advanced level. 

Year one

You will be introduced to aspects of business and economy of China and applied quantitative methods.

Year two

Year two will be spent at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. You will take modules designed and delivered to Nottingham standards, and will receive training in research skills. Native Mandarin speakers remain in Nottingham for their second year and choose from a range of optional modules.

Year three

You will return to Nottingham for year three, where your core modules will be the dissertation and advanced quantitative methods. You can also choose from a range of Chinese Studies modules. Optional modules can be taken from academic schools, subject to approval.

 

Entry requirements

A levels: AAB-ABB; social science or humanities or equivalent and/or evidence of ability in modern languages preferred

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Alternative qualifications 

View the alternative qualifications page for details.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

Notes for applicants 

All applications are considered equally on merit; students are usually selected on the basis of academic excellence and personal qualities. We do not rely on predicted grades alone and aim to take into account the broader context of each applicant's achievements, primarily as reflected by their personal statement and reference.

If you apply to us having already completed your A levels, your application will be considered in exactly the same way as those from candidates with predicted grades. Please tell us something about your gap-year activities in your UCAS personal statement.

Applicants are not routinely interviewed. If you are offered a place you will be invited to a UCAS visit day. The aim of the visit is for you to ensure that Nottingham meets your perceived needs and aspirations. In addition to a formal presentation, which provides details of the courses we offer, you will also be able to meet members of the teaching staff and, very importantly, some current undergraduates. 

 
 

Modules

Typical year one modules

Core

Applied Quantitative Methods for Business in China

This module provides an introduction to some of the quantitative techniques and IT skills employed in economic and business analysis. Content includes:

  • Numbers 
  • Algebra 
  • Function 
  • Linear and non-linear equations 
  • Maths for business and economics 
  • Index numbers 
  • Differentiation 
  • Optimisation

The emphasis is on practical application of mathematical techniques rather than on the study of mathematics.

This module aims to develop students' skills of applying algebra techniques to formulate and solve quantitative business and economic problems.

 
Approaches to Contemporary Chinese Studies

This is an introductory course designed to provide students with appropriate study skills, familiarity with resources, an understanding of the methodological approaches used in studying contemporary China, to develop students' understanding of how to use critical approaches to study all aspects of contemporary Chinese society.

The educational aims of this module are to:

  • develop students' ability to find and utilise relevant empirical materials 
  • develop students' intellectual and transferable vocational skills 
  • develop e-learning skills
 
Introduction to Business and Economy of China

This module intends to provide the fundamental knowledge of China's economic transformation and business development. It assists students to establish an understanding of issues including economic strategies, industrial sector transformation, investment, trade and business management.

The educational aims of this module are to:

  • provide an introductory programme that facilitates students learning in the disciplines of Management, Economics and Chinese Studies
  • introduce to students theoretical debates and empirical materials that are used in explaining business-related issues
  • familiarize students with comparative perspectives on business practices generally, and Chinese business practices specifically
  • practise and develop students' intellectual and transferable vocational skills 
  • foster students' awareness with economic issues, policies and institutions of China
 
Mandarin Chinese for Beginners

Mandarin modules are available from beginners’ (Level 1) to research (Level 5). Students are assessed and placed at the appropriate level of study. 

Please note: Native speakers of Mandarin will take Advanced English for Disciplinary Study modules instead of Mandarin.

This module provide students with the knowledge of Chinese phonetics, grammar, vocabulary and cultural information in order to develop their competence in Mandarin Chinese. The focus is on communicative competence in both spoken and written language. The script of Mandarin Chinese is taught to make sure that students on the course are not disadvantaged by their written language.

The overall aim of the module is provide students with the phonetic and basic grammatical knowledge and develop a competence in Mandarin Chinese in spoken and written language.

 

Optional

East Asian Business in the Twentieth Century

In view of the impact East Asian business has had on world business and trading patterns in recent decades, it is important to understand how business has evolved in the region. This module provides the historical background to key developments in East Asian business, including:

  • The history of Western business in Asia from colonial times to the post-Second World War period 
  • The economic, political and social background to business development in key countries in the region 
  • The emergence of Japan as Asia's first industrialized nation, the 'Economic Miracle' and development of the 'Japan, Inc.' model 
  • The development paths of East Asia's newly industrialized countries (NICs) from colonial rule into the 1980s China's post-1978 economic growth and business development 
  • The 1997 Asian financial crisis Business organisation, industrial groups, and industrial relations in East Asia

This module aims to assess the reasons why industrial capitalism developed in East Asian economies, as well as to analyse how it was adapted to local circumstances. As well as the major economies like Japan, China, and South Korea, insights will also be gained into smaller countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. Time will also be devoted to the Chinese diaspora and the development of Chinese and other transnational business groups in the East Asian region.

 
Essentials of Economics

The economic principles will be taught using applications to China.

Part 1: Introducing Economics

  • What do economists study? 
  • Different economic systems 
  • The nature of economic reasoning

Part 2: Foundations of Microeconomics

  • The theory of demand 
  • The theory of supply 
  • Elasticities of demand and supply 
  • Background to demand 
  • Background to supply

Part 3: Foundations of Macroeconomics

  • The national economy 
  • Unemployment and inflation
  • The open economy

The module aims to:

  • introduce students to thinking like an economist 
  • help students make sense of decisions people make on the daily basis
  • provide an introduction to the main important theoretical models and concepts that can be applied to a wide range of economic problems
 
Quantitative Methods for Social Science

This module provides an introduction to some of the quantitative techniques and IT skills employed in economic and business analysis. Content includes:

  • Numbers
  • Algebra
  • Function
  • Linear and non-linear equations
  • Maths for business and economics
  • Index numbers
  • Differentiation
  • Optimisation

The emphasis is on practical application of mathematical techniques rather than on the study of mathematics.

This module aims to develop students' skills of applying algebra techniques to formulate and solve quantitative business and economic problems.

 
 
 

Typical year two modules

Core modules in China

Chinese Economy and Society

This module emphasises sociological theories of family and society with reference to China. Topics include:

  • Political and social structure of China: the State, society, families and individuals 
  • Trust, Guanxi (social relations), and social capital 
  • Rural-urban divide: dualism, 'urban bias' or 'State bias' 
  • Nationhood, identity and ethnicity 
  • Health, education and aspirations

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the socio-economic aspects of China. The module objectives are to develop an understanding of contemporary Chinese society, its social structures and the effects of economic reform upon these, and to generate a familiarity with the main sources of information concerning China. 

Students will apply relevant theoretical frameworks to the analysis of social issues in contemporary China and analyse evidence on these issues.

 
Intermediate Mandarin

Mandarin modules are available from beginners’ (Level 1) to research (Level 5). Students are assessed and placed at the appropriate level of study. 

Please note: Native speakers of Mandarin will take Advanced English for Disciplinary Study modules instead of Mandarin.

This module concentrates on revising the basic skills acquired during previous study and aims to further develop students' oral and written communicative ability in the Mandarin Chinese language in more complex situations. The Mandarin Chinese language will be used as much as possible in class.

The overall aim of the module is to produce students who develop further competence in the four skills of the Mandarin Chinese language: listening, speaking, reading and writing, together with more complex grammatical structures.

 
Research Techniques in Contemporary Chinese Studies

How do researchers plan and deliver research projects? What are some of the ethical and practical considerations central to carrying out research? How do students start to become researchers in the China field? This module will address these questions by developing students’ skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of research methods and fieldwork techniques in the Chinese context. 

Topics for this module cover research design and strategies, case studies, semi-structured interviews, content & discourse analysis, risk assessment, safety and ethical issues, group and individual research projects.

Students will undertake practical fieldwork activities while based at The University of Nottingham campus in Ningbo. Seminar contact hours will comprise of student-led teaching sessions, small group and/or individual tutorials, and fieldwork trips. Where possible, students of Chinese language programmes will be encouraged to apply their nascent Chinese language skills to research tasks. Relevant fieldwork, information gathering and recording, writing and presentation skills will also be developed and enhanced.

The aims of this module are to:

  • develop awareness and understanding of a range of research methods and fieldwork techniques in China
  • enable students to plan and undertake research activities in a field setting in China
  • provide guidance in the development of safety, ethical and cross-cultural considerations associated with research and fieldwork investigations
  • introduce skills of information collection and synthesis, and develop the ability to evaluate the significance and relevance of information
  • enable students to locate and handle a variety of primary source materials together with other relevant data, and to construct a bibliography of secondary sources
 

Optional modules in China

Doing Business in China

This module introduces key aspects of doing business in China and frames these issues relative to practices in developed market economies. Aspects of doing business in contemporary China include market and non-market strategy, entry mode selection, alliance management, negotiation with Chinese partners, human resource management, marketing, protection of intellectual property rights, and strategic management. 

Key theories for business will be discussed and reflected upon for the case of China, international business in China, and Chinese firms. Market and non-market aspects of the Chinese business environment will be discussed and illustrated.

The module aims to:

  • develop students' ability to apply theoretical frameworks and models to the analysis of doing business in China
  • enhance students' understanding of current business and management practices of companies operating in China
  • increase student insight in the Chinese business environment and its impact of Chinese and international business
  • foster students' cultural awareness
 
International Political Economy

This module introduces students to the major topics in China's interaction with and role in international political economy (IPE). It includes useful concepts and theories in IPE, the evolution of China’s ties with international political economy since 1949, the linkage between domestic and international political economy of China and players in the making of external political economic policies in China.

It also examines China's role in international economic regimes (such as the WTO) and in the global and regional orders of political economy. It provides a survey of the political economy of China’s ties with the major powers and regions such as the US, East Asia, and major oil producing nations.

This module aims at enabling students to develop an understanding of the role China plays in international political economy and think critically issues related to this topic.

 
The Rise of Modern China

This module covers the history of China from the 1840s, through to the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949. It looks at social, cultural, political and economic developments in this period from a variety of angles and approaches.

The module focuses in particular on the ways in which Chinese society responded to the arrival of 'modernity' in the form of the Western powers and Japan throughout the period in question, but also how different groups in China tried to remould or redefine China as a 'modern' nation-state and society.

The educational aims of this module are to:

  • develop students' understanding of the major events and processes which shaped Chinese society between1840 and 1949 
  • enhance students' understanding of historiographical debates around the subject 
  • practise and develop students' intellectual and transferable skills
 

Core modules in Nottingham

Chinese Business Law

The module aims to provide an overview of the development of Chinese business law in the context of economic globalization and in particular of China's WTO membership. The module mainly includes:

  • Political economy of business regulation in China and China's WTO membership
  • Introduction to the Chinese's legal system and law making process
  • Chinese contract law, law on business organisations, company law and corporate governance in China, Chinese anti-monopoly law and intellectual property laws

It concludes with discussions on the possible impacts of China's integration into the economic globalization on its domestic business regulation.

The module aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding on the legal framework of business regulation in China after its WTO membership. It in particular focuses on the characteristics of contemporary Chinese business law. By introducing the transformation of the business laws in China, it aims to serve as one useful angel for students to better understand the transformation in the contemporary China.

 
Chinese Society and Economy

This module emphasises sociological theories of family and society with reference to China. Topics include:

  • Political and social structure of China: the State, society, families and individuals 
  • Trust, Guanxi (social relations), and social capital 
  • Rural-urban divide: dualism, 'urban bias' or 'State bias' 
  • Nationhood, identity and ethnicity 
  • Health, education and aspirations

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the socio-economic aspects of China. The module objectives are to develop an understanding of contemporary Chinese society, its social structures and the effects of economic reform upon these, and to generate a familiarity with the main sources of information concerning China. 

Students will apply relevant theoretical frameworks to the analysis of social issues in contemporary China and analyse evidence on these issues.

 

Optional modules in Nottingham

East Asian Business in the Global Economy

The organisation and globalisation of business in the major economies of East Asia will be examined. Focusing on Japan, China and Korea, it will be possible to identify characteristic features of East Asian business systems, the internationalisation of various types of business systems and the trajectories of interaction between East Asian and north Atlantic businesses.

This module is aimed principally at assessing the interactions between East Asian Business and the global economy. Building on the first semester module that outlines the evolution of East Asian business systems, this module will contextualise these developments and link them with recent trends associated with globalisation.

Students will become familiar with the nature of East Asian business, how East Asian economies have fared over the last 20 years, and the influence of 'collective management' practices on European and American business and organisations. They will also be able to judge the extent to which convergence has become a major force in world business over the last 20 years.

 
Social Change and Public Policy in China's Reform Era

Students will learn how the Chinese central government has responded to socio-economic changes by issuing a number of key policy initiatives, most notably in the field of social security, health, education, labour, innovation and the environment. In the first part of the module participants will be sensitized about the interplay between socio-economic transformation, administrative reform and public policy making during China's reform era (1978-). Students will gain a deeper understanding how new government functions contribute to innovations in public sector management.

Drawing both on primary and secondary sources students will familiarise themselves with the increasingly lively domestic debates among social and political scientists, educators, media professionals, civil society practitioners, government officials and lawyers about goals and means of China's modernisation drive. In the second part of the module students will learn about the expanded spaces for participatory policy making in China by analysing case studies in all five substantive policy fields.

Students will be enabled to acquire the necessary theoretical and practical skills to analyse public policies in China. They will be encouraged to think critically about policy models and contrast them with evolving practices of public policy making in China.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the scale of social change in China, learn about the value of participatory policy making, and through small and big group deliberations and action will internalise a culture of collaboration by developing group presentations on selected public policies.

 
The Rise of Modern China

This module covers the history of China from the 1840s, through to the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949. It looks at social, cultural, political and economic developments in this period from a variety of angles and approaches.

The module focuses in particular on the ways in which Chinese society responded to the arrival of 'modernity' in the form of the Western powers and Japan throughout the period in question, but also how different groups in China tried to remould or redefine China as a 'modern' nation-state and society.

The educational aims of this module are to:

  • develop students' understanding of the major events and processes which shaped Chinese society between1840 and 1949 
  • enhance students' understanding of historiographical debates around the subject 
  • practise and develop students' intellectual and transferable skills
 
 

Typical year three modules

Core

Advanced Quantitative Methods and IT Skills for Business

This module applies descriptive statistics and inferential statistics to economics and business, including data collection, pictures of data, summarising data, probability, confidence intervals, sampling, random variables, sample distribution, hypothesis testing and linear model estimation of cross-section data. The emphasis is on practical application of these techniques rather than on the study of statistics and econometrics.

The module aims to:

  • develop key mathematical, statistical and econometric techniques and their application to problems and data
  • develop basic skills in the use of econometric software package for model estimation using real world data and interpret the results
 
Dissertation

This is an individual dissertation project based on a Chinese studies topic to be agreed by the candidate and the dissertation tutor (module convenor) and specialist supervisor.

The module aims to:

  • develop skills of problem recognition and definition
  • raise awareness of and responding to the ethical issues related to gathering data
  • implement risk assessment skills related to fieldwork and developing a culture of safety and appropriate research practices
  • have the opportunity to develop and apply research design and investigation skills in a field-based environment
  • enhance skills of information collection and synthesis, and the ability to evaluate the significance and relevance of information
 

Optional

China's Political Economy

This module examines the interaction between politics and economy in China during the economic reform period from 1978 onward. Particular attention will be given to the progress and periods of China's reform, the political context of major economic policies, reform of major aspects of the economy, evolution of economic institutions, as well as an overview of economic development in China prior to 1978.

The module will highlight the role of the political factors and state policies in China’s economy, which is important for a good understanding of the reform and economic development in China.

The educational aims of this module are to:

  • enhance students' understanding of the relationship between politics and economics in contemporary China and how politics affects economic policies in China 
  • familiarize students with debates and empirical materials that are used in explaining changes in China's political economy 
  • provide a programme that facilitates progressive learning in the disciplines of Political Economy and Chinese Studies 
  • foster students' cultural awareness and understanding of a populous developing nation and economy 
  • provide a programme that facilitates students' progressive learning in the disciplines of Political Economy and Chinese Studies
  • enhance students' understanding of the theoretical debates and empirical materials that are used in explaining the inter-relationship of politics and economics in contemporary China 
  • practise and develop students' intellectual and transferable vocational skills 
  • foster students' cultural awareness
 
Chinese Film and Literature

The module examines the close linkage between literature and cinema in China. It also explores trends in modern Chinese cinema and literature, with a primary focus on different genres and themes developed since 1978. By placing Chinese cinema and literature within their cultural, social and historical contexts, students will analyse, interpret and appreciate such phenomena.

It will include analyses of individual texts in translation and films with English subtitles. The module requires students to view films in English subtitles each week. It will increase students' awareness of the major developments in literature and film as they are embedded in the wider changes in modern China.

The module leads students to examine the shifting socio-political and cultural landscape in mainland China in the 20th and 21st centuries through the lens of film and literature.

Crossing disciplinary boundaries including film studies, cultural studies, media studies and sinology, students will not only gain a knowledge of key issues and events in modern and contemporary Chinese history and society, but also of approaches to understanding and appreciating literary and cinematic texts.

 
Government and Politics of Taiwan and Hong Kong

This module introduces students to the nature and driving forces for politics and for development in the two most important Chinese societies that followed paths different from that adopted on the Chinese mainland under the leadership of the Communist Party.

This module aims at stimulating students to think critically about the uniqueness of China, its people, tradition and politics. It is best taken by students who have already studied the politics and society of the PRC. They will be required to reflect critically on the significance and the implications of Taiwan and Hong Kong having followed alternative approaches successfully.

 
International Political Economy of China

This module introduces students to the major topics in China's interaction with and role in international political economy (IPE). It includes useful concepts and theories in IPE, the evolution of China’s ties with international political economy since 1949, the linkage between domestic and international political economy of China and players in the making of external political economic policies in China.

It also examines China's role in international economic regimes (such as the WTO) and in the global and regional orders of political economy. It provides a survey of the political economy of China’s ties with the major powers and regions such as the US, East Asia, and major oil producing nations.

This module aims at enabling students to develop an understanding of the role China plays in international political economy and think critically issues related to this topic.

 
Mandarin Chinese for the Advanced Level

Mandarin modules are available from beginners’ (Level 1) to research (Level 5). Students are assessed and placed at the appropriate level of study. 

Please note: Native speakers of Mandarin will take Advanced English for Disciplinary Study modules instead of Mandarin.

Module content is as follows:

  1. Studies on accuracy of grammar on times and changes, and connectors and discourse markers in spoken and written Chinese
  2. Vocabulary related to physical features, personalities, human social behaviours, economic developments and basic statistics 
  3. Language functions for relating experiences, describing physical features, making generalisations, defining historic personalities and celebrities and describing changes, etc. 

The aim of this module is to build on the practical language experiences gained previously, to consolidate and extend vocabulary, to increase comprehension, to reinforce grammatical accuracy and to develop a fluent command of written and spoken Mandarin Chinese.

 
Media and Communications in Globalising China

Media systems are critically important in any modern political system, and this module leads students directly to the heart of understanding how the media relates to contemporary society and politics in the People's Republic of China. It introduces students to the unprecedented transformation in contemporary Chinese media and communication in the context of economic reforms, development of new media technologies and globalisation.

The educational aims of this module are to:

  • demonstrate to the students that Chinese media embodies a tense negotiation site between official ideologies and the market, the Party and state and the society, propaganda and commerce 
  • foster students' awareness of the relationships between the Party-state and the society, intensified by powers brought by commercialisation, globalisation and new media 
  • introduce students to the key changes in media and communications embedded in the rapidly changing political, economic and globalising contexts since 1978 
  • develop students' understanding of the debate between media and democracy and their ability to handle relevant empirical materials 
  • practise and develop students' intellectual and transferable vocational skills
 
 
 

 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Careers

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain's leading graduate employers.* The skills you develop during your Chinese studies degree at Nottingham are skills which a wide range of employers will recognise and value. You will leave us with an insight into the world's fastest growing economy.

As well as transferable skills, the other great benefit of your Nottingham degree is the in-depth understanding you will develop of the rapid changes China is undergoing today. If you take advantage of opportunities to study in China, you will see a side of the country that tourists, backpackers and most expatriates working there, never discover.

Your assumptions about China will be thoroughly challenged during your studies and you will see what is really happening in the world's most populous nation. This kind of knowledge and understanding of China is still in very short supply in the UK and beyond, and can give you a vital edge in the graduate jobs market, with or without a high level of language proficiency.

* The Graduate Market in 2013, 2014 and 2015, High Fliers Research.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 100% of first-degree graduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates 2013/14.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

 
 

Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help.

Home students*

There are several types of bursary and scholarship on offer. Download our funding guide or visit our financial support pages to find out more about tuition fees, loans, budgeting and sources of funding.

To be eligible to apply for most of these funds you must be liable for the £9,000 tuition fee and not be in receipt of a bursary from outside the University.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.  
 
 

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