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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST1450 Foundations of East Asia

20 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Clare Richardson-Barlow

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

East Asia is home to approximately 22% of the world’s population, 25% of the world’s GDP, and several of the world’s most significant political hot zones. The module will provide an introduction to the geography of and the cultural, political and social diversity of the countries that comprise East Asia. It will provide an outline of major historical developments, and examine some of the major issues in contemporary East Asia that make it a dynamic and significant region of our world.


The module aims to:
• introduce the geography and history of East Asia and consider its cultural, political, and social diversity.
• examine some of the current sociopolitical fault lines, as well as the important cultural features, like religion, literature, film, and folklore.
• explore continuity and change in the region, and compare and contrast the reasons behind changes

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
1. Outline key aspects defining the political, historical, cultural, and geographical diversity of East Asia.
2. Identify key determinants influencing the political and economic development of East Asia.
3. Recognise contemporary political developments in the region and demonstrate an appreciation for its diversity and dynamism.
4. Compare and contrast social, political and economic changes in different parts of East Asia.

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
5. Integrate cultural, historical, and socio-political perspectives to question and gain a well-rounded insight into the region.
6. Develop skills in visual communication, including the selection and arrangement of visuals (e.g. images, videos, graphics) to convey messages effectively.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have multiple opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module. In semester 1, students will have 2 opportunities for formal feedback prior to submission of their assessment: (1) they will receive feedback on their prepared research questions that accompany their contributions to their group projects, and (2) have a group session with the instructor. Students will have three opportunities for feedback on exam preparation in semester 2, including potential exam questions, exam outlines/plans, and annotated bibliographies. Students will prepare individual, un-assessed, presentations on readings for seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group Projectdigital storytelling project50.00
Online Assessment48 hr OTLA50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 07/02/2024


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