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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA East Asian Religions and Cultures

Programme code:BA-EARCUCAS code:T4T3
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Martin Seeger Contact address:m.seeger@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 365

Entry requirements:

For entry requirements for this course please visit: 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, Cultures and Societies:
Languages, Cultures and Societies
Theology and religious studies:
Theology and religious studies

Programme specification:

At the end of the programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- understand the historical development and basic teachings of the major religions and philosophical traditions of East Asia;
- understand some of the existing problems and shortcomings in Western studies of East Asian religions;
- demonstrate knowledge of Western constructions of East Asian religions;
- demonstrate knowledge of the historical development, major doctrines and social practices of Buddhism, Islam, Shinto, Christianity, Confucianism and Daoism in East Asia;
- demonstrate the skills to analyze critically a range of visual and literary materials;
- understand the complex interactions and relationships between East Asian religions, societies, and politics;
- demonstrate a sound knowledge of the cultural and religious aspects of East and Southeast Asian societies;
- to communicate effectively information, arguments and analyses concerning the East Asian religions and cultures;
- demonstrate interpersonal and intellectual skills and cultural awareness necessary for working within plural societies in which religions remain influential in a variety of aspects;
- demonstrate an ability critically to evaluate change and development of the cultural and religious aspect of East and Southeast Asian societies from a variety of perspectives


Year1 - View timetable

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

In Level 1 students must study 120-125 credits. Students are required to take 90-95 credits in East Asian Religions and Cultures and 30 credits of Discovery Modules.

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 2
THEO1930Introduction to the Study of Religion/s10 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

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

ARAB1140Muslim Beliefs: From Theology to Sunni-Shi'a Sectarianism20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
EAST1010Basic Chinese Language 120 creditsSemester 1
EAST1020Basic Chinese Language 220 creditsSemester 2
EAST1065China in East Asian History20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
EAST1110Modern China: History and Culture20 creditsSemester 1
EAST1210Basic Japanese Language (1)20 creditsSemester 1
EAST1220Basic Japanese Language (2)20 creditsSemester 2
EAST1269Japanese Culture and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
EAST1450Foundations of East Asia20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
EAST1703Basic Thai Language and Culture 120 creditsSemester 1
EAST1704Basic Thai Language and Culture 220 creditsSemester 2
THEO1900Introduction to South Asian Religions10 creditsSemester 2
THEO1920Religion, Politics and Society in the Modern World10 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits of discovery modules


Year2 - View timetable

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

In Level 2 students must study 120 credits. Over Levels 2 and 3 students are required to take 140 credits in East Asian Religions and Cultures as outlined, plus a 40-credit Final Year Project module to be taken in Level 3. The remaining credits may be taken as discovery modules or as further credits in East Asian Religions and Cultures.

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:

Optional modules:

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

EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3355Death and Religion in Japan20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3707Buddhism: A Lived Tradition20 creditsSemester 2

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Over levels 2 and 3 candidates will be required to study 80-100 credits from the following optional modules

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1
EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2009Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought20 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST2300Intermediate Japanese (1)20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2305Intermediate Japanese 220 creditsSemester 2
EAST2360Chinese Cinema20 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST2470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST2480Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2550Intermediate Chinese (1)20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2570Intermediate Chinese (II)20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3035Energy Security: Global and Asian Perspectives20 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3256Narratives of Japanese Modernity: Fiction and Film20 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3604Korea: Politics, Economy and International Relations20 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST3703South East Asia in the Global Context20 creditsSemester 1
THEO2200Hindu Traditions to 1600 CE20 creditsNot running in 201920
THEO2220Buddhism20 creditsNot running in 201920
THEO2250Sociology of Religion I20 creditsNot running in 201920
THEO2720Religion, Gender and Society20 creditsSemester 2
THEO3190Religions and Global Development20 creditsSemester 1
THEO3305Hindu Traditions to 1600 CE20 creditsNot running in 201920

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40-60 credits of discovery modules over levels 2 and 3


Year3 - View timetable

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

In Level 2 students must study 120 credits. Over Levels 2 and 3 students are required to take 140 credits in East Asian Religions and Cultures as outlined, plus a 40-credit Final Year Project module to be taken in Level 3. The remaining credits may be taken as discovery modules or as further credits in East Asian Religions and Cultures. A maximum of 20 credits of discovery modules may be taken in level 3. 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:

Optional modules:

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

MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

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

EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3355Death and Religion in Japan20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3707Buddhism: A Lived Tradition20 creditsSemester 2

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Over levels 2 and 3 candidates will be required to study 80-100 credits from the following optional modules:

ARAB3072Islam and Modernity20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3012Chinese Oral and Performance Traditions20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3035Energy Security: Global and Asian Perspectives20 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3256Narratives of Japanese Modernity: Fiction and Film20 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3355Death and Religion in Japan20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3604Korea: Politics, Economy and International Relations20 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST3703South East Asia in the Global Context20 creditsSemester 1
FOAR3150Religion and Violence20 creditsSemester 2
THEO3190Religions and Global Development20 creditsSemester 1
THEO3305Hindu Traditions to 1600 CE20 creditsNot running in 201920

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 40-60 credits of Discovery modules over levels 2 and 3.

Last updated: 20/06/2019

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