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2021/22 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Thai Studies

Programme code:BA-THAIUCAS code:T311
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Adcharawan Seeger Contact address:a.seeger@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:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Languages, Cultures and Societies:
Languages, Cultures and Societies

Programme specification:

The Thai programme is distinctive for being the only such programme outside London, and for the way that it integrates language development with contextual awareness and understanding. It also uniquely offers the opportunity for students to integrate Thai studies with other South East Asian, Pacific Asian and East Asian studies modules.

The programme will initially take students from no knowledge of Thai language to an intermediate standard which will provide an adequate platform for language development during the year abroad. This will include a basic mastery, both oral and written, of full verbal morphology (transitivity, the three foci, internationality, agency, transformation and physical movement of the object, double transitivity and irregularities due to consonant changes at word and phoneme junctures), syntax (declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences and the use of word order in place of voice stress) and a vocabulary of several thousand words which will enable the speaker to make daily transactions (order food, ask directions, find accommodation etc.) and discuss in a reasonably fluent manner elements of both Thai and Western society and culture.

Students will also have a sound understanding of the basic features of Thai society and social values and know both how to 'fit in' and what to expect in their daily lives.

Students will return to Leeds in their third year and will follow advanced level language and non-language modules. By the end of their programme of study, students should be able to interpret material in a wider sense, fitting it into the broader social, developmental, cultural and political Thai and South East Asian contexts.

Students are expected to graduate with a sound knowledge of the Thai language, valuable experience of life in Thailand and Mainland South East Asia, and a deep understanding of Thai society.


Year1 - View timetable

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

In Level 1 students must study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST1703Basic Thai Language and Culture 1
Pre-requisite for: EAST1704
20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1704Basic Thai Language and Culture 2
Pre-requisite for: EAST9013
20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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:

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

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

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 20-40 credits of discovery modules.


Year2 - View timetable

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

Year abroad in Thailand

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST9013Year Abroad in Thailand120 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:

EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 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: EAST3710
20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 40 credits in approved options in level 2 from the following list:

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST2148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsNot running in 202122
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)
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 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.

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 will be able to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules.

Candidates will be able to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules or take the above FOAH module as long as they are not already enrolled onto Linguists into Schools


Year4 - View timetable

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

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. 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:

EAST3707Buddhism: A Lived Tradition20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
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 will be required to study a minimum of 20 credits in approved options from the following list:

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsNot running in 202122
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)
EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
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)
FOAH3150Religion and Violence20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 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)

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits of discovery modules.

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