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2021/22 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 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST1010Basic Chinese Language 1
Pre-requisite for: EAST1020
20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1020Basic Chinese Language 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.

Optional modules:

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

EAST1110Modern China: History and Culture20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST1450Foundations of East Asia20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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

EAST1065China in East Asian History20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
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 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 (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:

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2015Chinese 2A20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2016Chinese 2B20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

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

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
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
EAST2180An Introduction to Cantonese (1)
Pre-requisite for: EAST2190
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2182Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers 1
Pre-requisite for: EAST2192
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2190An Introduction to Cantonese (2)10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2192Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers 210 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2300Intermediate Japanese (1)
Pre-requisite for: EAST3230
20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
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 
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
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.

Students may also choose to study the below module as long as they are not already enrolled onto Linguists into Schools.

FOAH2020Towards the Future: Skills in Context20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

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

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules or take the above FOAH module.


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 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be 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 will be required to study between 20-80 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 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
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
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)
MODL3800Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

- 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.

Last updated: 12/07/2021 16:43:10

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