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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA East Asian Religions and Cultures and Thai Studies

Programme code:BA-EARC&THAIUCAS code:VT6H
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:

Examination 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:

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

Optional modules:

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

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
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
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

Note that EAST1051 is mutually exclusive with both EAST1052 and EAST1053.

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 studying at a University in Thailand.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST9013Year Abroad in Thailand120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:


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:

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:

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.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study 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:

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

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 between 20-40 credits 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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