The course is taught in Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) and you benefit from the wide range of expertise and the interdisciplinary culture within the School.
At Kent, both Asian Studies and English Language and Linguistics take a multidisciplinary approach drawing on theories and methods from the social sciences and humanities.
The broad range of topics and methodologies develops your understanding of Asian cultures, both historically and today. You also study all aspects of language, including its nature, structure and use, and discover how it varies according to person, time and situation.
Our degree programme
In your first year of study, you are introduced to the philosophical, religious and cultural traditions of East Asia. You also engage with foundational concepts in linguistics that explore the structure of language, sounds systems, and the difference between spoken and written language.
You 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. Our broad range of modules includes topics like East Asian politics, Japanese culture, semantics, intercultural communication, and language processing.
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 Kent Hong Kong Society Japan Society Creative Writing Society English Language and Linguistics Society.
We also host the Centre for Language and Linguistics, which runs a programme of seminars, lectures and reading groups open to all students.
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: