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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Chinese and Japanese Studies

Programme code:BA-CHIN&JAPUCAS code:TT12
Duration:5 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Ingo Cornils Contact address:i.cornils@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 605

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

Programme specification:

The programme will:

- Allow students to study the disciplines of Chinese and Japanese to the same depth as Single Honours students of the disciplines, but with less breadth in each. This means that Joint Honours students will normally be required to take compulsory and a subset of the optional modules that are also part of the corresponding Single Honours degree programmes, and that they will be assessed on those modules using criteria identical to those applied to Single Honours students. Joint Honours students will reach the same levels of fluency and accuracy in their subjects as Single Honours students.
- At Levels Two and Three, allow students to choose, within certain parameters, optional modules from the full range available within each discipline, and thereby devise pathways of their own choosing.
- Require students to undertake two periods of residence abroad between Levels One and Two. The period of residence abroad will normally take the form of two years of study, one in a Japanese-speaking country and one in a Chinese-speaking country.
- Allow students the option at Level Three of undertaking an autonomous research project in either discipline, potentially linking the two disciplines by bringing knowledge and understanding gained in one discipline to bear in the other.
- Require students to acquire the flexibility of mind and variety of learning techniques needed to switch between the two disciplines.
- Provide a basis for further advanced study in either Chinese or Japanese, or in a cognate interdisciplinary area.
- Have the flexibility to allow students to change programme upon successful completion of Level One, subject to approval. It is normally possible to switch from Joint Honours Chinese & Japanese into Single Honours in either discipline.


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 in Chinese and 60 credits in Japanese.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST1010Basic Chinese Language 1
Pre-requisite for: EAST1020
20 creditsSemester 1
EAST1020Basic Chinese Language 220 creditsSemester 2
EAST1210Basic Japanese Language (1)
Pre-requisite for: EAST1220
20 creditsSemester 1
EAST1220Basic Japanese Language (2)20 creditsSemester 2

Students with prior knowledge of Chinese and/or Japanese will, subject to a placement test, study more advanced language modules, as appropriate in their first year.

Optional modules:

Students will be required to choose 20 credits from the following group of Chinese modules.
- Students are strongly recommended to take at least one of EAST1070 and EAST1080.
- Please note that EAST051 is mutually exclusive with EAST1052 and EAST1053.

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
EAST1450Foundations of East Asia20 creditsSemester 1
EAST1500Introduction to Religious and Philosophical Texts of East Asia20 creditsSemester 2
EAST1550Introduction to East Asian Religions20 creditsSemester 1

Students are required to choose 20 credits of the following group of Japanese modules.

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
EAST1500Introduction to Religious and Philosophical Texts of East Asia20 creditsSemester 2
EAST1550Introduction to East Asian Religions20 creditsSemester 1

Candidates may not select a module from this list that they have selected in the list above.

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]

Candidates will spend the second and third year of their programme in Japan and China/Taiwan (one year in each country).

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study one of the following modules:

EAST9011Year Abroad in China120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
EAST9012Year Abroad in Japan120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year 3 - View timetable

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

Candidates will spend the second and third year of their programme in China/Taiwan and Japan (one year in each country).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates may not select a module that they have taken in earlier in the programme.

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study one of the following modules:

EAST9011Year Abroad in China120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
EAST9012Year Abroad in Japan120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year 4 - View timetable

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

In Level 2 students must study 120 credits. Students are required to take 60 credits in Chinese and 60 credits in Japanese.

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:

EAST2015Chinese 2A20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2016Chinese 2B20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2212Japanese 2A: Written Communication Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
EAST2222Japanese 2B: Spoken Communication Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Students are required to choose 20 credits from the following list of Chinese options.

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1
EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2009Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2180An Introduction to Cantonese (1)10 creditsSemester 1
EAST2470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2480Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3025Chinese Linguistics: Theory and Practice20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
EAST3120Classical Chinese20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3130Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction and Drama20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3140Chinese Society20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3150Women and Family in Chinese Society20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 1
FOAR2000Research Placement20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

- The research project undertaken as part of FOAR2000 must relate to East Asian Studies.
- NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Students are required to take 20 credits from the list of Japanese modules below:

EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2480Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2600Contemporary Southeast Asia20 credits 
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1
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

- Candidates may not select a module that they have taken in earlier in the programme.
- NB: Not all modules will be available every year.


Year 5 - View timetable

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

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. Students are required to take 60 credits in Chinese and 60 credits in Japanese.

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:

EAST3275Chinese 3: Advanced Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
EAST3285Japanese 3: Advanced Communication Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following group of Chinese optional modules:

EAST3051Modern Documentary Chinese: Politics and Law10 creditsSemester 1
EAST3052Modern Documentary Chinese: Society and Development10 creditsSemester 2
EAST3070Contemporary Chinese Literature10 creditsSemester 2
EAST3080Chinese Literature 1912 - 194910 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3620Practical Chinese-English Translation10 creditsSemester 2

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following group of Chinese optional modules:

EAST2009Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3025Chinese Linguistics: Theory and Practice20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
EAST3051Modern Documentary Chinese: Politics and Law10 creditsSemester 1
EAST3052Modern Documentary Chinese: Society and Development10 creditsSemester 2
EAST3070Contemporary Chinese Literature10 creditsSemester 2
EAST3080Chinese Literature 1912 - 194910 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3102Chinese Language for International Trade and Business20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3120Classical Chinese20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3130Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction and Drama20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3140Chinese Society20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3150Women and Family in Chinese Society20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1
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
FOAR3150Religion and Violence20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3310Final Year Project: Extended Essay20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3320Final Year Project: Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3800Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

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

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits from the following group of Japanese optional modules:

EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3256Narratives of Japanese Modernity: Fiction and Film20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3281Advanced Japanese in Context 1: Politics and International Relations20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3284Advanced Japanese in Context 4: Literature20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3286Advanced Japanese in Context: Culture and Identity20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3287Advanced Japanese in Context 5: Japanese Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in Historical Context20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3288Advanced Japanese in Context 6: Japanese Religion and Culture in Historical Context20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3580Advanced Japanese in Translation20 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
FOAR3150Religion and Violence20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3310Final Year Project: Extended Essay20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3320Final Year Project: Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

- Not all modules will be available every year.
- Students may only choose up to 20 credits of modules, which are not level-3 coded modules (eg EAST3XXX) in the final year.

Last updated: 10/08/2017

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