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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Thai Studies

Programme code:BA-THAIUCAS code:T311
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Adcharawan Seeger Contact address:a.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:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Languages and related studies

Programme specification:

The Thai programme is distinctive for being the only such programme outside London, and for the way that it integrates language development with contextual awareness and understanding. It also uniquely offers the opportunity for students to integrate Thai studies with other South East Asian, Pacific Asian and East Asian studies modules.

The programme will initially take students from no knowledge of Thai language to an intermediate standard which will provide an adequate platform for language development during the year abroad. This will include a basic mastery, both oral and written, of full verbal morphology (transitivity, the three foci, internationality, agency, transformation and physical movement of the object, double transitivity and irregularities due to consonant changes at word and phoneme junctures), syntax (declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences and the use of word order in place of voice stress) and a vocabulary of several thousand words which will enable the speaker to make daily transactions (order food, ask directions, find accommodation etc.) and discuss in a reasonably fluent manner elements of both Thai and Western society and culture.

Students will also have a sound understanding of the basic features of Thai society and social values and know both how to 'fit in' and what to expect in their daily lives.

Students will return to Leeds in their third year and will follow advanced level language and non-language modules. By the end of their programme of study, students should be able to interpret material in a wider sense, fitting it into the broader social, developmental, cultural and political Thai and South East Asian contexts.

Students are expected to graduate with a sound knowledge of the Thai language, valuable experience of life in Thailand and Mainland South East Asia, and a deep understanding of Thai society.


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:

EAST1703Basic Thai Language and Culture 1
Pre-requisite for: EAST1704
20 creditsSemester 1
EAST1704Basic Thai Language and Culture 2
Pre-requisite for: EAST9005
20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 40-60 credits from the following optional modules:
Please note that EAST1051 is mutually exclusive with both 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
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

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

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 20-40 credits of discovery modules.


Year 2 - View timetable

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

Year abroad in Thailand

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST9013Year Abroad in Thailand120 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:

EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2704Intermediate Thai Language and Culture 1
Pre-requisite for: EAST2705
20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2705Intermediate Thai Language and Culture 2
Pre-requisite for: EAST3731
20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 40 credits in approved options in level 2 from the following list:

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1
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
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
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3702Religion in Japan20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3703South East Asia in the Global Context20 creditsSemester 1

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be able 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:

EAST3707Buddhism: A Lived Tradition20 creditsSemester 2
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.

MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3310Final Year Project: Extended Essay20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3320Final Year Project: Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3340Final Year Project: Extended Translation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 20 credits in approved options from the following list:

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1
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
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
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3702Religion in Japan20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3703South East Asia in the Global Context20 creditsSemester 1
FOAR3150Religion and Violence20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits of discovery modules.

Last updated: 11/08/2017

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