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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA East Asian Religions and Cultures and Japanese

Programme code:BA-EARC&JAPNUCAS code:TV26
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Martin Seeger Contact address:m.seeger@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:

Examinations Committee of School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Area Studies, Theology and Religious Studies

Programme specification:

The programme will:

address the QAA benchmarks for area studies and religious studies and specifically will:
- enable student to work across more than one discipline by providing the flexibility to study two disciplines at level one;
- at Levels Two and Three, allow students to choose, within certain parameters, optional modules from the full range
- give students at Level Three the opportunity to undertake an in-depth piece of independent research in the realms of the religious and philosophical traditions of East Asia.
- available within each discipline, and thereby devise pathways of their own choosing;
- provide a basis for further advanced study in either of the disciplines or in a cognate interdisciplinary area;
- Have the flexibility to allow students to change programme upon successful completion of Level One, subject to approval.


Year 1 - View timetable

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

In Level 1 students must study 120-125 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST1210Basic Japanese Language (1)20 creditsSemester 1
EAST1220Basic Japanese Language (2)20 creditsSemester 2
EAST1500Introduction to Religious and Philosophical Texts of East Asia20 creditsSemester 2
EAST1550Introduction to East Asian Religions20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

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

EAST1052History and Culture of Early Imperial China10 creditsSemester 1
EAST1266Japan: A Cultural History from Buddhism to Murakami Haruki10 creditsSemester 1
MODL1070World Histories20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL1090Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application20 creditsSemester 2
MODL1100Politics, Culture and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
THEO1900Introduction to South Asian Religions10 creditsSemester 2
THEO1920Religion, Politics and Society in the Modern World10 creditsSemester 1
THEO1930Introduction to the Study of Religion/s10 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following options:

EAST1263Japan in War and Peace10 creditsSemester 2
EAST1264Japan: Geography, Economy and Society10 credits 
EAST1265Japan: History and International Politics10 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST1266Japan: A Cultural History from Buddhism to Murakami Haruki10 creditsSemester 1

- Candidates may not take a module from this group that they taken in another group/year.

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 year of the programme in Japan.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

EAST9012Year Abroad in Japan120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year 3 - View timetable

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

In Level 2 students must study 120 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

EAST2212Japanese 2A: Written Communication Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
EAST2222Japanese 2B: Spoken Communication Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to take the following modules over levels 2 and 3:

EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3702Religion in Japan20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3707Buddhism: A Lived Tradition20 creditsSemester 2

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits form the following optional modules:

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.

Candidates can choose to take up to 40 credits of discovery modules or they may take further modules from the following list:

PRHS2000Human Rights and Religion20 creditsSemester 2
THEO2200Hindu Traditions to 1600 CE20 creditsNot running in 201718
THEO2201Hindu Traditions20 creditsSemester 2
THEO2250Sociology of Religion I20 creditsNot running in 201718
THEO2251Sociology of Religion20 creditsSemester 1
THEO2651Reading New Testament Texts20 creditsNot running in 201718
THEO2720Religion, Gender and Society20 creditsSemester 2
THEO3190Religions and Global Development20 creditsSemester 1
THEO3305Hindu Traditions to 1600 CE20 creditsNot running in 201718

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to take up to 20 credits of Discovery Modules.


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:

EAST3285Japanese 3: Advanced Communication Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 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

Candidates will be required to study all of the following modules over Levels 2 and 3. Candidates must therefore take any module(s) they did not take in Level 2.

EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3702Religion in Japan20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3707Buddhism: A Lived Tradition20 creditsSemester 2

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits form the following options:

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

- 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 can choose to take up to 20 credits of discovery modules or they may take further modules from the following list:

ARAB3072Islam and Modernity20 creditsSemester 1
FOAR3150Religion and Violence20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PRHS2000Human Rights and Religion20 creditsSemester 2
THEO2200Hindu Traditions to 1600 CE20 creditsNot running in 201718
THEO2201Hindu Traditions20 creditsSemester 2
THEO2250Sociology of Religion I20 creditsNot running in 201718
THEO2251Sociology of Religion20 creditsSemester 1
THEO2651Reading New Testament Texts20 creditsNot running in 201718
THEO2720Religion, Gender and Society20 creditsSemester 2
THEO3190Religions and Global Development20 creditsSemester 1
THEO3305Hindu Traditions to 1600 CE20 creditsNot running in 201718

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

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to take up to 20 credits of Discovery Modules.

Last updated: 11/08/2017

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