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2022/23 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Asia Pacific Studies

Programme code:BA-APSUCAS code:T300
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Kweku Ampiah Contact address:K.Ampiah@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 365

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 and Cultures

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:

At the end of the programme students should: have a broad knowledge of the politics, economies and societies of the contemporary Asia-Pacific region. Students will normally have taken Asia-Pacific related modules at level 1 which provide them with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the history, geography and culture of both Northeast and Southeast Asia.

The approach of the level 1 modules is comparative and thematic and provides a useful foundation for upper level modules. Students are also able to choose from a wide selection of country-specific modules offered by the Department of East Asian Studies, ranging from Japan and China to Mongolia, in addition to some Southeast Asia related modules.

Modules at level 2 and 3 enable students to deepen their knowledge of particular aspects of the region, again largely from a comparative perspective. The economic development and international politics of the region are key elements of the programme at this level, but other issues such as nationalism, democratisation, security, regionalism and globalisation are also covered. On completion of the degree students should be capable of drawing on a wide range of sources of information to analyse and construct arguments about the region and its component states. Students also have the opportunity to study a language, with the permission of the Head of Department.


The programme will help student develop an awareness of the increasing importance of the Asia-Pacific region in global affairs, and the expanding employment opportunities in the region. We would expect some of our graduates to take up jobs in the region, while others might continue their studies at MA level.


Year1 - View timetable

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

In Level 1 students must study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits form the following modules.
- Students are strongly encouraged to take EAST1450 Foundations of East Asia as one of their Optional 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 creditsNot running in 202223
EAST1550Introduction to East Asian Religions20 creditsNot running in 202223

Candidates must choose 40 credits from the following optional modules

EAST1010Basic Chinese Language 120 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1020Basic Chinese Language 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST1110Modern China: History and Culture20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST1210Basic Japanese Language (1)20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1220Basic Japanese Language (2)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST1271Japanese History and Society20 creditsNot running in 202223
EAST1450Foundations of East Asia20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
EAST1500Introduction to Religious and Philosophical Texts of East Asia20 creditsNot running in 202223
EAST1550Introduction to East Asian Religions20 creditsNot running in 202223
EAST1703Basic Thai Language and Culture 120 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1704Basic Thai Language and Culture 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
FLTU1003Beginners Korean20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
FLTU1013Elementary Korean20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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

Discovery modules:

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


Year2 - View timetable

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

In Level 2 students must study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

EAST2605Topics in Contemporary Asia Pacific Societies20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20-40 credits from the following modules over level 2:

EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2128Contemporary East Asian Culture20 creditsNot running in 202223
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Candidates will be required to study 60-80 credits from the following modules over level 2:

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2009Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought20 credits 
EAST2127Society and Culture of Early Modern China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
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 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsNot running in 202223
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)
EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3035Energy Security: Global and Asian Perspectives20 credits 
EAST3140Chinese Society20 credits 
EAST3150Women and Family in Chinese Society20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3256Narratives of Japanese Modernity: Fiction and Film20 creditsNot running in 202223
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3355Death and Religion in Japan20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3525Globalising China and the Developing World20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3707Buddhism: A Lived Tradition20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL2075Global Environmental Humanities20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

- EAST2300 cannot normally be taken by students who have spent a Year Abroad in Japan.

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)

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)

Students who fail one or more of the compulsory modules may only proceed on an ordinary degree (see Programme Year 3: Ordinary degree).

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits of discovery modules over levels 2 and 3.

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/FOAH module


Year3 - 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:

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)
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary (Podcast)40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Candidates will be required to study 20-40 credits from the following modules over level 3.
Candidates may not study an option already studied in level 2.

EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2128Contemporary East Asian Culture20 creditsNot running in 202223
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Candidates will be required to study between 40-60 credits from the following optional modules over levels 3:
Candidates may not study an option already studied in level 2.

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2009Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought20 credits 
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 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsNot running in 202223
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)
EAST3140Chinese Society20 credits 
EAST3148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3150Women and Family in Chinese Society20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsNot running in 202223
EAST3470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsNot running in 202223
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3707Buddhism: A Lived Tradition20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
FOAH3150Religion and Violence20 creditsNot running in 202223
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)
MODL3650Minoritised Languages, Dialects and Cultures from Past to Present20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of discovery modules

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