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2021/22 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Chinese and Thai Studies

Programme code:BA-CHIN&TAIUCAS code:TL31
Duration:5 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Maria Garcia Florenciano Contact address:M.GarciaFlorenciano@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 605

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

Programme specification:

The programme will:

- Allow students to study the disciplines of Chinese and Thai to the same depth as Single Honours students of the disciplines, but with less breadth in each. This means that Joint Honours students will normally be required to take compulsory and a subset of the optional modules that are also part of the corresponding Single Honours degree programmes, and that they will be assessed on those modules using criteria identical to those applied to Single Honours students. Joint Honours students will reach the same levels of fluency and accuracy in their target language(s) as Single Honours students.
- At Levels Two and Three, allow students to choose, within certain parameters, optional modules from the full range available within each discipline, and thereby devise pathways of their own choosing.
- Require students to undertake two periods of residence abroad: a Year Abroad in a Chinese-speaking country at the end of Level One, followed by a Year Abroad in a Thai-speaking country, or vice versa. Both periods of residence abroad will normally take the form of courses of study.
- Allow students the option at Level Three of undertaking an autonomous research project in either discipline, potentially linking the two disciplines by bringing knowledge and understanding gained in one discipline to bear in the other.
- Require students to acquire the flexibility of mind and variety of learning techniques needed to switch between the two disciplines.
- Provide a basis for further advanced study in either Chinese or Thai, or in a cognate interdisciplinary area.
- Have the flexibility to allow students to change programme upon successful completion of Level One, subject to approval. It is normally possible to switch from Joint Honours Chinese & Thai Studies into Single Honours in Chinese or Thai.


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 Chinese and 60 credits in Thai Studies.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST1010Basic Chinese Language 120 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1020Basic Chinese Language 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST1703Basic Thai Language and Culture 120 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1704Basic Thai Language and Culture 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Students with prior knowledge of Chinese may, subject to a placement test, study more advanced language modules (EAST2550/EAST2570) instead of EAST1010/EAST1020, as appropriate in their first year.

Students with prior knowledge of Thai may, subject to a placement test, study EAST1550 instead of EAST1703. (EAST1550 cannot then be taken as an optional module).

Optional modules:

Students will be required to choose 20 credits from the following group of Chinese modules:

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)
EAST1500Introduction to Religious and Philosophical Texts of East Asia20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST1550Introduction to East Asian Religions20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following group of Thai modules:

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)

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


Year2 - View timetable

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

Optional modules:

Candidates can choose to spend the second year of their programme in either China/Taiwan or Thailand and must choose one of the following modules:

EAST9011Year Abroad in China120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
EAST9013Year Abroad in Thailand120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)


Year3 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Candidates can choose to spend the third year of their programme in either China/Taiwan or Thailand but must choose a module that they have not yet taken from the following list:

EAST9011Year Abroad in China120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
EAST9013Year Abroad in Thailand120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Candidates may not select a module that they have taken in earlier in the programme.


Year4 - View timetable

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

In Level 2 students must study 120 credits and are required to take 60 credits in each of Chinese and Thai Studies.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2015Chinese 2A
Pre-requisite for: EAST3011
20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2016Chinese 2B
Pre-requisite for: EAST3011
20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2704Intermediate Thai Language and Culture 1
Pre-requisite for: EAST2705
20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2705Intermediate Thai Language and Culture 2
Pre-requisite for: EAST3732
20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

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

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST2009Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST2126Classical Chinese20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
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
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)
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)
EAST3025Chinese Linguistics: Theory and Practice20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3130Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction and Drama20 credits 
EAST3150Women and Family in Chinese Society20 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
MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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


Year5 - View timetable

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

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. Students are required to take 60 credits in Chinese and 60 credits in Thai Studies, including at least 20 credits as a Final Year Project module which can be taken in and count towards either of the named subjects.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST3275Chinese 3: Advanced Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
EAST3710Advanced Thai Language and Culture20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

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 who choose a Final Year Project in Thai will be required to choose 40 credits from the optional modules below.

EAST2009Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought20 creditsNot running in 202122
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)
EAST3025Chinese Linguistics: Theory and Practice20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3051Modern Documentary Chinese: Politics and Law10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3052Modern Documentary Chinese: Society and Development10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3070Contemporary Chinese Literature10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3080Chinese Literature 1912 - 194910 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3102Chinese Language for International Trade and Business20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3120Classical Chinese20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3130Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction and Drama20 credits 
EAST3148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsNot running in 202122
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)
EAST3470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3620Practical Chinese-English Translation10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
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.
- Not all modules will be available every year.

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits from the following modules if they are complete a Final Year Project in Chinese. (They are strongly recommended to take EAST3707 Buddhism: a Lived Tradition)

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3012Chinese Oral and Performance Traditions20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3120Classical Chinese20 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
EAST3525Globalising China and the Developing World20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3705Tourism and Development in South East Asia20 credits 
EAST3707Buddhism: A Lived Tradition20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
FOAH3150Religion and Violence20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

- Not all modules will be available every year.

The following modules can be taken in and count towards either Chinese or Thai credits. Students may choose to study up to 40 credits from the modules below instead of EAST 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)

Last updated: 11/10/2021 17:05:20

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