The programme is based in Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) which is home to the Department for Religious Studies including Asian Studies You benefit from the wide range of expertise and the interdisciplinary culture within the School.
Asian Studies at Kent takes a multidisciplinary approach that draws on modules in the humanities and social sciences to provide you with an insight into cultures and ideas that span continents.
Our degree programme
In your first year of study, you are introduced to the philosophical, religious and cultural traditions of East Asia as well as to the foundations of religious studies. You also have the opportunity to gain both written and spoken competency in an Asian language.
During all stages of your studies you may choose specialist modules that suit your interest. Some modules provide introductions to major world religions; others investigate philosophical themes like ethics. You can also explore connections between religion and topics such as psychology, popular culture or science and analyse beliefs in the context of a specific country, for example Japan.
In your final year of study, there is an option to take a dissertation module on a subject of your choice. This allows you to focus in detail on an area you are particularly passionate about.
Through Kent’s Templeman Library, you have access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format.
Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your studies and academic development. Our Student Learning Advisory Service offers useful workshops on topics like essay writing and academic referencing.
You may want to join one of the many student-led societies at Kent, including:
Chinese Society Religious Studies Society Japan Society Hindu Society Christian Union.
Teaching for all the non-language modules is through a combination of lectures and seminars. Assessment is by coursework (essays and presentations) and written examination.
Language assessment is through a combination of coursework (essays, presentations, projects, translations), unseen written examinations, oral examinations, dissertation, extended essay, and computer-assisted language learning tests.
In addition, independent study is enhanced by the final-year dissertation option, which enables students to pursue a topic in greater depth, linking the different pathways of the degree programme.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection: