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2024/25 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:Prof Caroline Rose Contact address:c.rose@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 600

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Languages, Cultures and Societies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Languages, Cultures and Societies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/sbs/sbs-languages-cultures-and-societies-23.pdf?sfvrsn=3c71a881_10


Programme specification:

The information on this page is accurate for students entering the programme in 2023/2024 or before. For students entering the programme from September 2024 or after, you can find the details of your programme:

BA Chinese and Thai Studies(For students entering from September 2024 onwards)

This programme equips students with the linguistic skills needed to understand a range of written, spoken and
broadcast material in Chinese and Thai, and the ability to communicate effectively with Chinese and Thai speakers. The deliberately modern bias of the programme aims to produce graduates with an all-round proficiency in Chinese and Thai, along with a range of transferable skills and insights.
Students begin both languages from scratch (although there is provision for those with some prior learning of Chinese or Thai) and follow an intensive language programme in their first year. The second year and third years are spent at a university in Thailand, and in China or Taiwan. In each case students follow a prescribed course of study in language and, where offered, non-language courses.
Students return to Leeds in their fourth year to follow advanced upper-level language and non-language modules in both subjects. 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, Thailand and the East Asian region.
Students are expected to graduate with a sound knowledge of the Chinese and Thai languages, invaluable experience of life in Thailand and in a Chinese-speaking society, and an understanding of the wider context of the East Asian region.




Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

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

Optional modules:

Candidates with no prior knowledge of Chinese will be required to study the following modules

EAST1010Basic Chinese Language 120 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1020Basic Chinese Language 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Students with prior knowledge of Chinese will, subject to a placement test, be required to study the following modules

EAST1460Intermediate Chinese (1)20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1461Intermediate Chinese (2)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Candidates with no prior knowledge of Thai will be required to study the following modules

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

Candidates with prior knowledge of Thai will, subject to a placement test, be required to study the following modules

EAST1510Introduction to East Asian Religions and Philosophies20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
EAST1704Basic Thai Language and Culture 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)


Year2 - View timetable

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

Candidates can choose to spend the second year of their programme in either China/Taiwan or Thailand

Optional modules:



Year3 - View timetable

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

Candidates can choose to spend the third year of their programme in either China/Taiwan or Thailand. If Year 2 is spent in Thailand, the third year will be spent in China/Taiwan. If Year 2 is spent in China/Taiwan, the third year will be spent in Thailand.

Compulsory modules:

MODL9500LCS Year Abroad120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

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 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2025Global Korea in Context: Sociocultural and Political Dynamics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2126Classical Chinese20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST2127Society and Culture of Early Modern China20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST2128Contemporary East Asian Culture20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2190An Introduction to Cantonese (2)10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2360Chinese Cinema20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2480Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST2605Topics in Contemporary Asia Pacific Societies20 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)
EAST3150Women and Family in Chinese Society20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsNot running in 202425
MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL2075Global Environmental Humanities20 creditsNot running in 202425

- 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, which includes a Final Year Project module. Students are required to take 60 credits in both Chinese and Thai: the Final Year Project module can be taken in - and count towards - either of the two languages. The remaining credits should be taken as optional modules in the other language to the Final Year Project or as MODL modules.

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 Documentary (Podcast)40 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.

EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3051Modern Documentary Chinese: Politics and Law10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3070Contemporary Chinese Literature10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3080Chinese Literature 1912 - 194910 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3120Classical Chinese20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3150Women and Family in Chinese Society20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3630Advanced Chinese to English Translation20 creditsNot running in 202425
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.

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

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3045Southeast Asia: Politics and Economy20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3120Classical Chinese20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3150Women and Family in Chinese Society20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3155Nature, Culture and Technology in Japan20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3355Death and Religion in Japan20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3525Globalising China and the Developing World20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsNot running in 202425
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)

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 optional Chinese/Thai EAST modules.

MODL3200Representing the Holocaust: Transgression and the Taboo20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3410Contemporary World Literature20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3600Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption20 creditsNot running in 202425
MODL3610Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
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)
MODL3800Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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