Internship and language in China POLITIC5067

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Students will spend eight weeks (May to July) in China where they will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Chinese society and culture. While there, they will be able to take an intensive course of Chinese language instruction, an internship in a Chinese workplace or a combination of the two. They will depart for China after their final sets of Glasgow April/May exams and return before the end of July.



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





For the internship, students will write a short project relating to their internship (to be selected in conjunction with employer) (4000 words, 100%, if they take only the internship; 2000 words, 50%, if they take the combined internship and language option).

Students taking the language classes will, on their return to Glasgow, sit a Chinese language exam to evaluate improvement in Chinese language. This will involve an oral exam (to test speaking and listening) and written comprehension and translation exam. Students will have their language level assessed before they leave for China so that their progress on return can be evaluated. Progress will be evaluated as pass/fail, but not graded (because of the potentially very different starting levels in Chinese language of our students there cannot be a standard expected level of Chinese ability at the end of the programme of study).

Course Aims

1. Enable student to experience life in China and immerse themselves in Chinese culture and society.

2. (Internship only) Give students experience of working in China and hands-on experience of the Chinese working environment and business practices.

3. (Language only) Improve their oral and aural Chinese (Mandarin) and reading and writing of standard Chinese (short form characters)

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ demonstrate their understanding of life in China

■  describe and analyse their experience of Chinese culture and society


Those taking the internship will be able to:


■ demonstrate their understanding of working in a Chinese workplace

■  describe and reflect critically upon the basic principles and practices of the organisation where they have held their internship

Those taking the Chinese language classes will be able to:


demonstrate that they have improved their Chinese language skills (reading comprehension, written, spoken and aural comprehension).

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the couse's summative assessment.