- Modern spoken and written Chinese (Mandarin)
- Modern and classical Chinese literature
- Chinese history and thought
- Political and social issues related to Chinese speaking countries
- Linguistic issues related to the Chinese language (its structure, functions, registers, writing systems etc.)
- Key methods and concepts of literary, historic and linguistic analysis
- Core economic concepts (e.g. opportunity cost, incentives, strategic thinking, marginal considerations, expectations and surprises).
- Core principles and models of microeconomics (concerning e.g. decision and choice, production and exchange, interdependency and markets, risk and information, economic welfare) and macroeconomics (concerning the aggregate consequences of individual decisions e.g. output, employment, growth, business cycles, money, inflation, and exchange rates).
- Applications of core economic theory and reasoning to applied topics and policy issues.
- Key mathematical and statistical/econometric techniques. The ability to understand applications of these techniques and to use them as problem solving tools or for data analysis
- Major modern developments in economic analysis, with a deeper understanding and appreciation of ongoing research activity in some more specialised areas.
- Knowledge and understanding of different disciplines up to the 2nd year level.
Teaching/learning methods and strategies
Chinese language is acquired through small-group classes, tutorials and regular, assessed coursework. Additional support is provided through the self-access facilities for language learning at the Language and Humanities Centre and the Languages MicroLab. The third year abroad provides total immersion in the Chinese language and culture.
Knowledge of Chinese literature, history, thought, culture and society is acquired through a combination of lectures and tutorials or seminars including group discussion and individual or joint presentations.
7 and 8 are developed progressively in the core courses in years 1,2 and 4 of the programme through lectures, small-group tutorials, on-line learning (via Learn 9), learning-by-doing through working through problem sets and guided independent study. Additional support in years 1 and 2 is provided by a Help Desk staffed by selected final year students.
9 and 11 are also developed in the core required courses, with more detailed and in depth treatment in a wide range of option courses taken in year 4 of the programme. Option courses employ a variety of teaching methods including: informal lectures, seminars, teamwork projects and debates. Regular class contact is supplemented by more informal, student-driven, office hours.
10 is developed as an integral part of the core courses. The core courses in years 1 and 2 have an innovative structure, in that rather than being taught and assessed in a separate module on quantitative techniques, these key techniques are developed and applied in a variety of micro- and macro-economic contexts, reinforcing understanding of the techniques and their usefulness in economic analysis. Additional support for learning is provided by on-line learning tools (via Learn 9) and a drop in ‘maths econ base’ staffed by maths honours students. 9 is further developed in the core courses in year 4, including courses in econometrics, and a variety of option courses in years 4. The core econometrics courses include lectures and small-group exercise classes, many of which are held in computer laboratories utilizing statistical/econometric packages.
Independent study, both to broaden knowledge and understanding and to learn-by-doing, is important throughout the programme and is progressively emphasised in later years. Co-operative learning, with fellow students, is also encouraged. Formal instances of co-operative learning exist through the use of study groups in Economics 1a and Economics 2.
12 is developed through ‘outside’ courses taken in years 1 and 2. Outside courses may be chosen from the very broad range of 1st and 2nd level courses offered by the University of Edinburgh. This enables students to pursue genuine outside interests in a wide diversity of subjects, as well as more cognate disciplines such as Economic History, Politics, Philosophy and Mathematics.
Testing on the knowledge base is through unseen written examinations in all areas, combined with assessed regular language exercises and oral examinations in Chinese language; and essays, coursework assignments and a dissertation in Chinese studies.
In Economics, knowledge and understanding is tested by a mix of multiple choice and written examinations, short and extended essays, problem sets, project reports in various formats, teamwork projects (including poster presentations) and a dissertation. Written examinations vary in format depending on the knowledge and understanding being tested. Some employ traditional essays (often with a model-based analytical core), others place more emphasis on problem-solving.