Understanding China in a globalising world

Module code: 5WSEL023W
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Semester: 20
Available to: Students in all faculties, however some courses already include cross-disciplinary modules and are structured to offer opportunities to expand professional skills. Students on these courses are unable to choose Westminster Plus Electives – check the list of courses

This cross-disciplinary module aims to provide students with a short-burst, immersive learning opportunity to study in China and to consolidate their research skills in their second year of studies. The module combines teaching offered at partner institutions in China on subjects relevant to the theme of globalisation with fieldwork activities in teams organised jointly with the University of Westminster’s international partners.

The aim of the module is to enable students to understand the social, political and cultural forces of globalisation at work within China. The focus will be on enabling students to make meaningful comparisons in relation their own cultural settings. The module encourages students to think about the ethics of fieldwork and the embedded nature of research. 

Students take a 10-day international field trip in China, undertaking ethnographic work with students from our partner universities, study visits, and participating in presentations from researchers in the local setting. Pre-field trip workshops engage students in developing cultural knowledge and learning skills.

Please note: This pilot module is offered on a competitive basis due to the funding arrangements in place for 2017/2018. To be eligible for this module a student must have passed 120 credits at Level 4 before 15 September 2017 with a grade average of at least 55%.

Travel and accommodation for this module are covered through your normal tuition fee. As there are only 20 places available across the University a selection process will take place in July 2017. Students will need to apply to take this module and more information about this will be provided once you register your pre-interest with Elliott Welch: [email protected]

Your Faculty Registry will contact you with further information about this during the summer vacation period. Once accepted formally onto the module, Tier 4 Visa students must also contact [email protected].

What’s the advantage?

This module is great if you are interested in:

  • Thinking strategically about the economic, political and cultural dimensions of China’s role within our globalised world;
  • Stretching yourself to take responsibility for your own learning by participating in interactive workshops and classes in China;
  • Developing your fieldwork skills by leading mini-research projects whilst in China.