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2021/22 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Asia Pacific Studies and Japanese

Programme code:BA-APS&JAPNUCAS code:TT23
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Maria Garcia Florenciano Contact address:M.GarciaFlorenciano@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:

East Asian Studies, School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

East Asian Studies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Languages, Cultures and Societies:
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/subject-benchmark-statements/sbs-languages-cultures-and-societies-15.pdf?sfvrsn=2098f781_12

Programme specification:

- enable students to work across more than one discipline by providing the flexibility to study two disciplines at level one;
- allow the study of two disciplines to the same depth as any single honours students but with less breadth in each discipline;
- provide students with the ability oto understand the range of written, spoken and broadcast material in Japanese and the ability to communicate effectively with Japanese speakers;
- enable students to spend a period of study in a Japanese university and to immerse themselves in Japanese society;
- provide basis for further advanced study in either of the disciplines or in a cognate interdisciplinary area.


Year1 - View timetable

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

In Level 1 students must study 120 credits. Students are required to take 60 credits in Japanese and 40 credits in Asia Pacific Studies, plus a 20 credit cornerstone module.

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST1210Basic Japanese Language (1)20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1220Basic Japanese Language (2)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Students with prior knowledge of Japanese may, subject to a placement test, study more advanced language modules as appropriate in their first year (40 credits from EAST2300, EAST2305, FLTU1026, FLTU1030).

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following modules:
- Students are strongly encouraged to take EAST1450 Foundations of East Asia as one of their Optional modules in Level 1.

EAST1065China in East Asian History20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
EAST1110Modern China: History and Culture20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST1450Foundations of East Asia20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
EAST1550Introduction to East Asian Religions20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates may not select a module from this list that they have selected in the list below.

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits from the following Asia Pacific Studies optional modules.
Please note that EAST1051 is mutually exclusive with both EAST1052 and EAST1053

EAST1270Modern Japan: History and International Politics20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST1271Japanese History and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
EAST1450Foundations of East Asia20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
EAST1500Introduction to Religious and Philosophical Texts of East Asia20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST1550Introduction to East Asian Religions20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1703Basic Thai Language and Culture 120 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1704Basic Thai Language and Culture 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Other relevant East Asian language or FLTU modules may be allowed with permission of Programme Manager

Students will be required to take 20 credits from the following cornerstone modules:

MODL1070World Histories20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL1090Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL1100Politics, Culture and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL1401Discourse, Culture and Identity20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:


Year2 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST9012Year Abroad in Japan120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)


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:

EAST2212Japanese 2A: Written Communication Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
EAST2222Japanese 2B: Spoken Communication Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Asia Pacific Studies
Candidates will be required to study 40 credits from the following core modules over level 2 and level 3:

EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2127Society and Culture of Early Modern China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2128Contemporary East Asian Culture20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2605Topics in Contemporary Asia Pacific Societies20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsNot running in 202122

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Candidates will be required to study between 80 and 100 credits from the following optional modules over levels 2 and 3:

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2009Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST2127Society and Culture of Early Modern China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2128Contemporary East Asian Culture20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST2182Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers 110 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2192Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers 210 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2300Intermediate Japanese (1)20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2305Intermediate Japanese 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2350Politics in Contemporary Japan20 credits 
EAST2360Chinese Cinema20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST2480Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2550Intermediate Chinese (1)20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2570Intermediate Chinese (II)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2605Topics in Contemporary Asia Pacific Societies20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3150Women and Family in Chinese Society20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3707Buddhism: A Lived Tradition20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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

Students may choose to study the below Careers Service module.

CSER2206Developing Your Professional Identity: Preparing for a Career in Within The Arts, Heritage and Creative Industries20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
FOAH2020Towards the Future: Skills in Context20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules in a third subject or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules in a third subject, pursue additional modules in the two named subjects or take the above CSER module.


Year4 - View timetable

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

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits including a Final Year Project. Students will be required to study 40 credits in Asia Pacific Studies and 60 credits in Japanese. 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 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

At Level 3 students must take a minimum of a 100 credits of level 3 modules (i.e EAST 3XXX) in order to qualify for the degree.

Candidates are required to study ONE of the following Final Year Project modules.

MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3340Final Year Project: Extended Translation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Candidates are required to study 40 credits from the following list of optional modules.

EAST2127Society and Culture of Early Modern China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2128Contemporary East Asian Culture20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2605Topics in Contemporary Asia Pacific Societies20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3012Chinese Oral and Performance Traditions20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3281Advanced Japanese in Context 1: Politics and International Relations20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3286Advanced Japanese in Context: Culture and Identity20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3287Advanced Japanese in Context 5: Japanese Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in Historical Context20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3289Advanced Japanese in Context 4: Literature20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3580Advanced Japanese in Translation20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsNot running in 202122
FOAH3150Religion and Violence20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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

Asia Pacific Studies
Candidates will be required to study 40 credits from the following core modules over level 2 and level 3:

EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2127Society and Culture of Early Modern China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2128Contemporary East Asian Culture20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2605Topics in Contemporary Asia Pacific Societies20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsNot running in 202122

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

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2009Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST2127Society and Culture of Early Modern China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2128Contemporary East Asian Culture20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST2182Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers 110 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2192Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers 210 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2300Intermediate Japanese (1)20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2305Intermediate Japanese 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2350Politics in Contemporary Japan20 credits 
EAST2480Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2550Intermediate Chinese (1)20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2570Intermediate Chinese (II)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2605Topics in Contemporary Asia Pacific Societies20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3012Chinese Oral and Performance Traditions20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3150Women and Family in Chinese Society20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3355Death and Religion in Japan20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3525Globalising China and the Developing World20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3707Buddhism: A Lived Tradition20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
FOAH3150Religion and Violence20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL3600Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3610Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3620Decolonial Approaches20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3630Social Movements across Cultures20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

- Students may only choose up to 20 credits of modules, which are not level-3 coded modules (eg EAST3XXX) in the final year.
- Candidates may not take a module from this group that they have taken in another group/year.
- Not all modules will be available every year.
- Candidates may not take a module from this group that they taken in another group/year.

The following modules can be taken in and count towards either Asia Pacific Studies or Japanese credits. Students may choose to study up to 40 credits from the modules below instead of Japanese/Asia Pacific Studies optional modules.

MODL3410Contemporary World Literature20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3600Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3610Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3620Decolonial Approaches20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3630Social Movements across Cultures20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL3800Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules in a third subject or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.

Last updated: 11/10/2021 16:57:59

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