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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Chinese (Modern)

Programme code:BA-CHIN(MOD)UCAS code:T100
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Sarah Dodd Contact address:s.dodd@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 485

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:

Examination Committee of East Asian Studies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Languages, Cultures and Societies:
Languages, Cultures and Societies

Programme specification:

By the end of the programme students should be equipped with the linguistic skills needed to understand a range of written, spoken and broadcast material in Chinese and the ability to communicate effectively with Chinese speakers. The deliberately modern bias of the programme aims to produce graduates with an all-round proficiency in modern Chinese along with a range of transferable skills and insights.

Students begin the language from scratch (although there is provision for those with A-level Chinese) and follow an intensive language programme in their first year. The second year is spent at a Chinese university where students follow a prescribed course of study in language, and in some cases non-language courses.

Students return to Leeds in their third year to follow advanced upper level language and non-language modules. By the final year of the programme students should be able to interpret relevant material in a wider sense, fitting it into the broader social, political, economic and cultural context of present-day China and the Asia-Pacific region.

Students are expected to graduate with a sound knowledge of the Chinese language, invaluable experience of life in China, and an understanding of the wider context of Chinese society.


Year1 - 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:

EAST1010Basic Chinese Language 1
Pre-requisite for: EAST1020
20 creditsSemester 1
EAST1020Basic Chinese Language 220 creditsSemester 2

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

Optional modules:

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

EAST1110Modern China: History and Culture20 creditsSemester 2
EAST1450Foundations of East Asia20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

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

EAST1065China in East Asian History20 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST1080Chinese Culture in the Twentieth Century10 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST1269Japanese Culture and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
EAST1450Foundations of East Asia20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
EAST1500Introduction to Religious and Philosophical Texts of East Asia20 creditsSemester 2
EAST1550Introduction to East Asian Religions20 creditsSemester 1

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

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits of discovery modules. Choosing all your Discovery modules from one subject area may be more advantageous.


Year2 - View timetable

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

The Year Abroad will be spent in China or Taiwan.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

EAST9011Year Abroad in China120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year3 - 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:

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1
EAST2015Chinese 2A20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2016Chinese 2B20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 40-60 credits from the following optional modules:

EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2009Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought20 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST2126Classical Chinese20 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST2127Society and Culture of Early Modern China20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2128Contemporary East Asian Culture20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2180An Introduction to Cantonese (1)
Pre-requisite for: EAST2190
10 creditsSemester 1
EAST2182Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers 1
Pre-requisite for: EAST2192
10 creditsSemester 1
EAST2190An Introduction to Cantonese (2)10 creditsSemester 2
EAST2192Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers 210 creditsSemester 2
EAST2300Intermediate Japanese (1)
Pre-requisite for: EAST3230
20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2360Chinese Cinema20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2480Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2605Topics in Contemporary Asia Pacific Societies20 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
EAST3130Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction and Drama20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3256Narratives of Japanese Modernity: Fiction and Film20 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3604Korea: Politics, Economy and International Relations20 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST3703South East Asia in the Global Context20 creditsNot running in 202021

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

Discovery modules:

Candidates can choose to study upto 20 credits of discovery modules.


Year4 - View timetable

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

Students must study 120 credits 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). Students must pass at least 100 credits at Level 3 and all core modules to proceed to gain the degree.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

EAST3275Chinese 3: Advanced Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

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

MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3340Final Year Project: Extended Translation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

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

EAST3051Modern Documentary Chinese: Politics and Law10 creditsSemester 1
EAST3052Modern Documentary Chinese: Society and Development10 creditsSemester 2
EAST3070Contemporary Chinese Literature10 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST3080Chinese Literature 1912 - 194910 creditsSemester 1
EAST3620Practical Chinese-English Translation10 creditsSemester 2

- Candidates will be required to study between 20-60 credits from the following optional modules.
- Candidates may not choose any modules they have already studied at level 2.

EAST2009Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought20 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST3012Chinese Oral and Performance Traditions20 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 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST3080Chinese Literature 1912 - 194910 creditsSemester 1
EAST3102Chinese Language for International Trade and Business20 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST3120Classical Chinese20 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST3130Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction and Drama20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST3355Death and Religion in Japan20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3525Globalising China and the Developing World20 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3604Korea: Politics, Economy and International Relations20 creditsNot running in 202021
EAST3703South East Asia in the Global Context20 creditsNot running in 202021
FOAH3150Religion and Violence20 creditsSemester 2
MODL3600Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption20 creditsSemester 1
MODL3610Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3620Decolonial Approaches20 creditsSemester 1
MODL3630Social Movements across Cultures20 creditsSemester 2
MODL3800Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

- The research project undertaken as part of FOAR2000 must relate to East Asian Studies.
- 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 can choose to study upto 20 credits of discovery modules.

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