The course is based in Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) which is home to the Department of Philosophy and the Department of 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. 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.
Philosophy gives you the opportunity to develop your own thoughts on philosophical ideas and engage in debates on a range of topics.
Our degree programme
In your first year of study, you are introduced to the philosophical, religious and cultural traditions of East Asia. Further, you explore some of the foundational concepts of philosophy such as logic, ethics and metaphysics.
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. Our broad range of modules include topics like East Asian politics, Japanese culture, feminist philosophy or modern Chinese society.
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:
Philosophy Society Chinese Society Hong Kong Society Japan Society.
The Philosophy Department runs an active events programme that you are welcome to attend. It includes:
reading groups seminars and conferences the philosophy reading weekend.Asian studies
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.
Some modules have lectures, some have seminars, and all have class discussions. Some promote ‘student active’ learning techniques which encourage you to work on individual or group research, and present your findings to the rest of the class.
Assessment of philosophy modules is by essays, in-class assignments, seminar participation or tests, or a combination of these methods.
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: