|Degree:||Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BA (Hons))|
|Study modes:||full-time, part-time|
Asia is a fast-growing economic region as well as a large and diverse continent encompassing many countries, cultures and languages. On our joint honours programme in Asian Studies & Comparative Literature, you explore the cultural diversity of Asia while developing an appreciation of the literary works and traditions of Europe and beyond.
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.
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: