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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Asia Pacific Studies and Thai Studies

Programme code:BA-APS&THAIUCAS code:T353
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Ingo Cornils Contact address:i.cornils@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 485

Entry requirements:

For entry requirements for this course please visit www.leeds.ac.uk/coursefinder

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Languages and related studies/ area studies

Programme specification:

This Joint Honours programme will be distinctive because it combines the core components of existing Leeds Thai studies programmes, building language skills, with the study of the Asia-Pacific region and its political economy. This combination is not offered in any other university in the UK, or to our knowledge internationally.

Moreover, Leeds is an internationally-recognised centre for training undergraduates and postgraduates in the dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region. Students on this programme combination will have the benefit of a year of study at a university in Thailand providing added value.

On sucesful completion of the programme, students will:
- have a sound knowledge of aspects of the Asia Pacific region and Southeast Asian societies, cultures and political economies;
- be able to effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis concerning the Asia Pacific region and Southeast Asia, in particular Thailand;
- be able to communicate fluently, effectively, skilfully and appropriately, both orally and in written form, in the Thai language, whilst maintaining a high degree of grammatical accuracy, with native or other competent speakers;
- be able to demonstrate an ability critically to evaluate change and development of the Asia-Pacific region from a variety of perspectives, and one or more aspects of the literature, language, culture, linguistic context, history, politics, geography, social and economic structure of Thailand.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

in Level 1 students must study 120-125 credits. Students are required to take 60 credits of Thai Studies and 40 credits of Asia Pacific Studies, plus a 20 credit cornerstone module.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST1703Basic Thai Language and Culture 120 creditsSemester 1
EAST1704Basic Thai Language and Culture 220 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following modules

EAST1051History and Culture of Imperial China20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST1070Modern China10 creditsSemester 2
EAST1080Chinese Culture in the Twentieth Century10 creditsSemester 2
EAST1263Japan in War and Peace10 creditsSemester 2
EAST1265Japan: History and International Politics10 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST1450Foundations of East Asia20 creditsSemester 1
EAST1550Introduction to East Asian Religions20 creditsSemester 1

Other relevant East Asian language or FLTU modules may be allowed with permission of Programme Manager

Students will be required to study 40 credits from the following optional modules::

EAST1010Basic Chinese Language 120 creditsSemester 1
EAST1020Basic Chinese Language 220 creditsSemester 2
EAST1051History and Culture of Imperial China20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST1052History and Culture of Early Imperial China10 creditsSemester 1
EAST1053History and Culture of Late Imperial China10 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST1070Modern China10 creditsSemester 2
EAST1080Chinese Culture in the Twentieth Century10 creditsSemester 2
EAST1210Basic Japanese Language (1)20 creditsSemester 1
EAST1220Basic Japanese Language (2)20 creditsSemester 2
EAST1263Japan in War and Peace10 creditsSemester 2
EAST1265Japan: History and International Politics10 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST1266Japan: A Cultural History from Buddhism to Murakami Haruki10 creditsSemester 1
EAST1450Foundations of East Asia20 creditsSemester 1
EAST1500Introduction to Religious and Philosophical Texts of East Asia20 creditsSemester 2
EAST1550Introduction to East Asian Religions20 creditsSemester 1
EAST1703Basic Thai Language and Culture 120 creditsSemester 1
EAST1704Basic Thai Language and Culture 220 creditsSemester 2

Students will be required to study 20 credits from the following cornerstone modules.

MODL1070World Histories20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL1090Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application20 creditsSemester 2
MODL1100Politics, Culture and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL1401Discourse, Culture and Identity20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

As part of your induction to academic work, and in order to provide you with additional support in key areas of your programme, students are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to undertake the following 5-credit Study Skills module. This module resides above the required 120 credits students take in Level 1 and as such it is not compulsory, but it draws together key guidance that augments provision elsewhere.

MODL1500LCS Academic Essentials5 creditsSemester 1


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students will spend the second year abroad in Thailand.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST9013Year Abroad in Thailand120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Students must pass the Year Abroad to continue with their degree.

The Year Abroad does not contribute directly to the final classification mark, although performance during the Year Abroad will be taken into account in borderline classification cases, in accordance with the criteria published in the School's Code of Practice on Assessment.


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. Finalists may only take level 1 modules which are listed as discovery skills modules (skd) and only to the value of 20 credits.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2704Intermediate Thai Language and Culture 120 creditsSemester 1
EAST2705Intermediate Thai Language and Culture 220 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Students will be required to study 60 credits from the following modules over the course of levels 2 and 3.

EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3035Energy Security: Global and Asian Perspectives20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3604Korea: Politics, Economy and International Relations20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3703South East Asia in the Global Context20 creditsSemester 1

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

- Candidates will be required to study between 60 and 80 credits from the following optional modules over level 2 and 3.
- The optional modules available may vary from year to year.

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1
EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2009Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2180An Introduction to Cantonese (1)10 creditsSemester 1
EAST2182Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers 110 creditsSemester 1
EAST2190An Introduction to Cantonese (2)10 creditsSemester 2
EAST2192Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers 210 creditsSemester 2
EAST2300Intermediate Japanese (1)20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2305Intermediate Japanese 220 creditsSemester 2
EAST2350Politics in Contemporary Japan20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST2470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2480Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2550Intermediate Chinese (1)20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2570Intermediate Chinese (II)20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2600Contemporary Southeast Asia20 credits 
EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3035Energy Security: Global and Asian Perspectives20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3140Chinese Society20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3150Women and Family in Chinese Society20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3256Narratives of Japanese Modernity: Fiction and Film20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3604Korea: Politics, Economy and International Relations20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3702Religion in Japan20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3703South East Asia in the Global Context20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3707Buddhism: A Lived Tradition20 creditsSemester 2

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules in a third subject or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.


Year 4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. Finalists may only take level 1 modules which are listed as discovery skills modules (skd) and only to the value of 20 credits.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST3732Advanced Thai Language and Culture I20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3733Advanced Thai language and Culture II20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study ONE of the following Final Year Project modules.

MODL3310Final Year Project: Extended Essay20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3320Final Year Project: Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Students will be required to study 60 credits from the following modules over the course of levels 2 and 3.

EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3035Energy Security: Global and Asian Perspectives20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3604Korea: Politics, Economy and International Relations20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3703South East Asia in the Global Context20 creditsSemester 1

- Not all modules will be available every year.
- Candidates may not take a module from this group that they taken in another group/year.

- Candidates will be required to study between 60 and 80 credits from the following optional modules over the course of levels 2 and 3.
- The optional modules available may vary from year to year.

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1
EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2009Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2180An Introduction to Cantonese (1)10 creditsSemester 1
EAST2182Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers 110 creditsSemester 1
EAST2190An Introduction to Cantonese (2)10 creditsSemester 2
EAST2192Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers 210 creditsSemester 2
EAST2300Intermediate Japanese (1)20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2305Intermediate Japanese 220 creditsSemester 2
EAST2350Politics in Contemporary Japan20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST2470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2480Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2550Intermediate Chinese (1)20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2570Intermediate Chinese (II)20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2600Contemporary Southeast Asia20 credits 
EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3035Energy Security: Global and Asian Perspectives20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3140Chinese Society20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3150Women and Family in Chinese Society20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3256Narratives of Japanese Modernity: Fiction and Film20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3604Korea: Politics, Economy and International Relations20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3702Religion in Japan20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3703South East Asia in the Global Context20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3707Buddhism: A Lived Tradition20 creditsSemester 2
FOAR3150Religion and Violence20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3310Final Year Project: Extended Essay20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules in a third subject or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.

Last updated: 15/08/2017

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