You are based in Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) where you benefit from the wide range of expertise and the interdisciplinary culture within the School.
Asian Studies at Kent takes a multidisciplinary approach. The broad range of topics and methodologies draws on the humanities and social sciences and develops your understanding of Asian cultures, both historically and today.
Comparative Literature develops your understanding of historical and cross-cultural literary traditions. It crosses the boundaries between literature and other forms of human expression, including film, visual arts and popular culture. You do not need to be able to read a foreign language to study Comparative Literature. While we encourage you to engage with foreign languages, you study translated works alongside literature originally written in English.
Our degree programme
In your first year of study, you are introduced to the philosophical, religious and cultural traditions of East Asia. You also explore the importance of narrative and storytelling to the make-up of societies and culture.
You have the opportunity to gain both written and spoken competency in an Asian language during all stages of your studies. You may also choose specialist modules that suit your interests including topics such as world literature, East Asian politics, Japanese culture, travel, exile and the ethnographic gaze, Chinese philosophy and gender in literature.
Between your second and third years of study you can choose to take a year abroad in an Asian country such as China, Japan or Korea.
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:
Creative Writing Society Chinese Society Hong Kong Society Japan Society Korea Society.
Teaching for all the non-language modules is through a combination of lectures and seminars. Assessment is by continuous assessment, coursework (essays and presentations) and written examination. Continuous assessment involves essays, assignments done in class, group presentations and contributions to seminar discussion.
If you are studying a language as part of your Asian Studies programme, 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: