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2024/25 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA East Asian Studies

Programme code:BA-EASTUCAS code:T300
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Prof Caroline Rose Contact address:c.rose@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

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, Societies
Area Studies

Programme specification:

The information on this page is accurate for students entering the programme from September 2024. For students who entered the programme before September 2024, you can find the details of your programme:

This programme equips students with a broad knowledge and in-depth understanding of the politics, economies and societies of the contemporary East Asian region. In their first year, students will take modules 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, while also allowing for country-specific focus on Japan, China and Southeast Asian countries, providing a strong foundation for upper-level 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, international politics and history of the region are key elements of the programme at this level, but other issues such as culture and society, 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. The programme will enable students to develop an awareness of the significance of East and Southeast Asia in global affairs. We would expect some of our graduates to take up jobs in the region, while others might continue their studies at MA level.
Students on this programme may apply for transfer to the International variant which enables them to study at one of a range of universities with which the University of Leeds has established links. The opportunity to apply for a work placement degree involving a year in industry is also available.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

EAST1241Premodern East Asia20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
EAST1450Foundations of East Asia20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
EAST1510Introduction to East Asian Religions and Philosophies20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits and may study up to 40 credits from the following modules:

EAST1110Modern China: History and Culture20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST1252Modern Japan20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Candidates may study up to 20 credits from the following optional modules:

EAST1010Basic Chinese Language 120 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1210Basic Japanese Language (1)20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1280Intermediate Japanese (1)20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1460Intermediate Chinese (1)20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1703Basic Thai Language and Culture 120 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates may study up to 20 credits from the following optional modules:

EAST1020Basic Chinese Language 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST1220Basic Japanese Language (2)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST1281Intermediate Japanese (2)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST1461Intermediate Chinese (2)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST1703Basic Thai Language and Culture 120 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of the following optional modules

MODL1050Introduction to Audio-Visual Culture20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL1060Language: Structure and Sound20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL1070World Histories20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL1090Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL1100Politics, Culture and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL1150Worlds of Literature20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL1401Discourse, Culture and Identity20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of discovery modules.


Year2 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

[Basket 1- EAS] Candidates will be required to study 20 credits and may study up to 40 credits from the following optional modules:
Southeast Asia: Politics and Economy- 20 credits

EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2025Global Korea in Context: Sociocultural and Political Dynamics20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST2128Contemporary East Asian Culture20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST2605Topics in Contemporary Asia Pacific Societies20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

[Basket 2- China] Candidates will be required to study 20 credits and may study up to 40 credits from the following optional modules:

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2127Society and Culture of Early Modern China20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2360Chinese Cinema20 creditsNot running in 202425

[Basket 3 - Japan] Candidates will be required to study 20 credits and may study up to 40 credits from the following optional modules:

Japanese Cinema in the World- 20 credits
Nature, and Technology in Japanese Film and Literature - 20 credits
Death and Religion in Japan- 20 credits

EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2480Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2570Intermediate Chinese (II)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

[Basket 4 - language] Candidates may study up to 40 credits from the following optional modules:

EAST2300Intermediate Japanese (1)20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2305Intermediate Japanese 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2550Intermediate Chinese (1)20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of the following optional modules

MODL2070Reception, Transmission and Translation: The Global Circulation of Literature20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL2075Global Environmental Humanities20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL2250Digital Communications Across Cultures20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of discovery modules.


Year3 - View timetable

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

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study ONE of the following compulsory 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 a minimum of 40 credits from the following optional modules in Baskets 1 and 2:

Basket 1:

EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3045Southeast Asia: Politics and Economy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3155Nature, Culture and Technology in Japan20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsNot running in 202425

Basket 2:

EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3355Death and Religion in Japan20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3525Globalising China and the Developing World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3707Buddhism: A Lived Tradition20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of the following optional modules

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 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3620Decolonial Approaches20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3650Minoritised Languages, Dialects and Cultures from Past to Present20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL3800Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of discovery modules

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