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2024/25 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA East Asian Studies and Chinese

Programme code:BA-EAST&CHINUCAS code:TT13
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Prof Caroline Rose Contact address:c.rose@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

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:

Programme specification:


This programme equips students with a broad knowledge and in-depth understanding of the politics, economies and societies of the contemporary East Asian region alongside the linguistic skills needed to understand a range of written, spoken and broadcast material in Chinese and the ability to communicate effectively with Chinese speakers. The deliberately modern bias of the programme aims to produce graduates with an all-round proficiency in Chinese along with a range of transferable skills and competencies.

Students begin the language from scratch (although there is provision for those with prior learning) and follow an intensive language programme in their first year. Students will also 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.

The second year is spent at a university in China or Taiwan where students follow a prescribed course of study in language, and in some cases non-language courses. Students return to Leeds in their third year to follow advanced upper-level language and non-language 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.

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 and the East Asian region.
Students are expected to graduate with a sound knowledge of the Chinese language, invaluable experience of life in a Chinese-speaking society, and an understanding of the wider context of the Sinophone world in the East Asian region and beyond.


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)

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)

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

EAST1460Intermediate Chinese (1)
Pre-requisite for: EAST1020
20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1461Intermediate Chinese (2)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 40 credits from the following optional modules:

EAST1241Premodern East Asia20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST1252Modern Japan20 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)



Candidates may study up to 20 credits from 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:

Candidates will spend their Residence Abroad in China or Taiwan.

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module

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

Optional modules:

Discovery modules:


Year3 - View timetable

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

We are currently refreshing our courses to make sure students have the best possible experience. Where there is no module code link below the full module details are not yet available. Before you are required to enrol on a module full details will be provided.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules

EAST2015Chinese 2A20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2016Chinese 2B20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following optional modules:
- Introduction to Cantonese - 20 Credits
- Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China - 20 Credits

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2126Classical Chinese20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST2127Society and Culture of Early Modern China20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST2148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2360Chinese Cinema20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2128Contemporary East Asian Culture20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2605Topics in Contemporary Asia Pacific Societies20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following optional modules:
- Japanese Cinema in the World - 20 Credits
- Nature and Technology in Japanese Literature and Film - 20 Credits
- Death and Religion in Japan - 20 Credits

EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2480Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World20 creditsNot running in 202425

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of discovery modules

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of discovery modules


Year4 - View timetable

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

We are currently refreshing our courses to make sure students have the best possible experience. Where there is no module code link below the full module details are not yet available. Before you are required to enrol on a module full details will be provided.

Compulsory modules:

EAST3275Chinese 3: Advanced Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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

EAST3045Southeast Asia: Politics and Economy20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3707Buddhism: A Lived Tradition20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates may study up to 20 credits from the following optional modules:
- Advanced Chinese in Context (Humanities) - 20 Credits
- Advanced Chinese in Context (Social Science) - 20 Credits

EAST3630Advanced Chinese to English Translation20 creditsNot running in 202425

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

EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3120Classical Chinese20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3525Globalising China and the Developing World20 creditsNot running in 202425

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of discovery modules

Last updated: 07/05/2024 13:20:50

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