According to the amendments to the Law on Higher Education Institutions, which came into force on 01.01.2019, the period of accreditation of study programs has been extended. The new accreditation terms can be seen here.
|Field of study||Language and Culture Studies, Native Language Studies and Language Programmes|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Obtainable degree||Bachelor of Humanities in Asian Studies|
|Access to further studies||Access to Master Study Programmes or Second-level Professional Higher Education Study Programmes designed for studies after the awarding of Bakalaura grāds (Bachelor`s degree)|
|Programme director||Jānis Priede|
|Credits||120 KP or 180 ECTS|
|Tuition fee starting Autumn semester, 2019||Tuition fee per year - 2000 EUR|
|Number of students accepted each year||
Autumn semester 2019
State -funded study places- 18
Autumn semester 2019
Study places for tuition fee - 110
Minimum number of students - 25
|Start of studies||Autumn 2019|
|Language of instruction||Latvian, English|
This programme combines language studies with culture and regional studies in relation to the language module chosen by the student. The language courses are taught by native speakers. The Bachelor programme is targeted towards maintaining continuity of the research work in Asian studies; it aims at ensuring quality of knowledge and skills needed to pursue further professional or academic studies at MA level.
The programme is divided into four language modules:
Japanese language module;
Sinology module: Chinese or Korean;
India and Indonesia module: Hindi or Tibetan or Indonesian language;
Middle East module: Arabic or Turkish language.
Study period and time of classes
The full – time degree programme covers three academic years. Classes are mainly from 8.30am till 6pm in the working days.
Graduates can apply for work in schools and universities, business and culture oriented fields.
|Aim and tasks of the study programme||
The goal of the Bachelor’s Study Programme in Asian Studies (hereinafter BSP Asian Studies) is subordinate to four main goals of higher education, namely, to solve the tasks of personality, democratic society and scientific development and to meet the labour market requirements. It also aims to provide opportunities for the acquisition of academic education, which is based on the research of Asian region languages and cultures in order to (1) prepare graduates of BSP for further MA studies, which foresees the acquisition of additional academic degree. (2) To raise the graduates’ competitiveness in the labour market due to specificity of the education received. Also, by promoting students’ personal growth, (3) to efficiently supplement and diversify the circle of Humanities specialists with creative individuals and specialists of Asian region’s languages and cultures, and (4) to strengthen the Latvian national school of East Asian research, thereby ensuring in the future a sustainable contribution to democratic society and science development.
Objectives of the Study Programme
|Learning outcomes of the study programme||
As a result of the acquisition of the programme curriculum, students demonstrate awareness and understanding of the peculiarities of the Asian region’s language and cultural process during the various stages of the region’s development. Students also gain knowledge of diverse theoretical approaches, correlation and specificity of Asian Studies as well as of the current issues in the Asian region.
After completing the activities stipulated in the programme, students are able to place each specific fact in the corresponding cultural and linguistic context, compare and critically evaluate different views on the issues of Asian region research; to express an independent opinion and justify it. They are also able to demonstrate the acquired skills in the analysis of linguistic, literary-science, technical literature and cultural environment, carrying out an independent research and applying different research methods, as well as presenting their research findings.
The performance of study programme objectives in cooperation with fellow students and academic staff ensures the creation of attitudes related to language, culture development and interaction process and the scientific principles and historical research in Asian Studies (interest, communicability, tolerance, respect for the ideas expressed by the Asian region and other cultures, critical and constructive assessment of one’s own and others’ ideas, work responsibility, desire to improve one’s knowledge).
General rules (here)
Competition criteria for persons with an obtained secondary education on year 2004 and onwards:
CE in Latvian
CE in English
Competition criteria for persons with an obtained secondary education up to year 2004 (not included) as well as persons who have obtained their secondary education abroad and persons with special needs:
final average grade in Latvian and Literature
final grade in English
Preferential claims: Latvian state student scientific conference Foreign Linguistics and Foreign Literature Science and History section (Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Middle East languages) and LU and its cooperation partner organized Asian language speaking competition degree 1 – 3 winners in years 2018 and 2019
Note: study programme contains the following sub-programmes: Middle East studies (Arabic or Turkish); Sinology (Chinese or Korean) and Japan studies. The sub-programme must be specified when applying for studies. Competition evaluations are determined by sub-programmes
Conditions for persons who have acquired secondary education abroad:
1) it is possible to claim a state-funded study place and tuition fee study place by producing a Latvian proficiency certificate in accordance with article 1.12. Competition evaluation is calculated using formula variant 2. Without producing the proficiency certificate it is possible to claim a tuition fee study place (competition evaluation is not calculated);
2) English proficiency that is verified by a passable English final grade in secondary education document, the exception being cases when secondary education is acquired in English. English proficiency requirements for foreigners who have acquired secondary education abroad are specified in article 1.14
For persons with an obtained secondary education on year 2004 and onwards: CE in Latvian and Literature up to year 2011 or CE in Latvian from year 2012 (writing and text creation (2,5 x 100 = 250)) + CE in English (listening (1,5 x 100 = 150) + reading (1,5 x 100 = 150) + speaking (1,5 x 100 = 150) + language usage (1,5 x 100 = 150) + writing (1,5 x 100 = 150))
For persons with an obtained secondary education up to year 2004 (not included) as well as persons who have obtained their secondary education abroad and persons with special needs: secondary education document final average grade in Latvian and Literature (20 x 10 = 200) + secondary education document final grade in English (60 x 10 = 600) + secondary education document final average grade in certain subjects (20 x 10 = 200)
|Programme practical realization||
The Department of Asian Studies ensures the practical implementation of the programme in accordance with its aims and objectives:
Diverse teaching methods are utilised in all study courses to develop analytical thinking and argumentation, academic writing and oral presentation skills. Some of the most progressive Asian language teaching methods are applied in the implementation of the study programme. This is also facilitated by educational materials from the respective countries (textbooks, audio and audio-visual materials, computer software). With regard to the implementation of academic study courses, it is ensured that courses are taught by lecturers who are involved in active research work and possess scientific knowledge about the subject matter. The BSP Asian Studies is implemented in the form of full-time studies. The programme implementation is organised in form of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical studies and individual research. The efficient implementation and application of interactive methods is important in the implementation of the study programme.
In addition to traditional means, dialogical methods are increasingly utilised in studies (projects, group work, creative workshops and discussions). The proportion of seminars is increasing each year. In the first years of programme implementation, the inclusion of seminars as an integral part of the study process was prevented by the large number of students per group. This issue was resolved by dividing the theoretical courses in study modules, thus facilitating work in smaller groups and improving the course quality, as well as making it possible to increase the proportion of seminars.
Students receive academic support through regular consultations and, in some cases, through individual classes. Special consultations and seminars are held so that students could better prepare for final exams.
The programme’s management welcomes and encourages students to take intensive language and culture courses at foreign universities, depending on the selected module. It is planned to further expand collaboration with universities and international cooperation partners in the relevant regions of Asia to ensure such an opportunity for larger number of students.
A variety of assessment methods is employed during the study programme acquisition:
The assessment of Bachelor’s Thesis is based on principles used in reviewing research papers. Additional points are exclusively awarded, depending on the number of utilised sources and literature units. There is a need for a proper scientific apparatus, ability to assess scientific literature, utilise relevant methodology of scientific research. Given that successful defence of Bachelor's Thesis requires a timely preparation of theoretical basis, draft of structure and analysis of literary sources (most of which are in the language of the specific Asian module), the programme’s management is considering the possibility of distributing credit points to be acquired by defending the Bachelor’s Thesis accordingly to the period of its writing (5th and 6th academic term). This will promote students’ motivation to timely and efficiently conduct the first stage of Bachelor’s Thesis writing.
Thus students are informed about requirements set in the course description during the introduction of each course: at the first lecture students are acquainted with the requirements for completing the course and passing the exam . Also, the form of assessment and deadlines are specified. The evaluation is conducted within a 10-point system. Students’ feedback is taken into account in the organisation of several course assessments, for instance, when selecting an oral or written form of test. The evaluation procedure, which is stipulated in course descriptions, is regularly discussed at the Department meetings.
Yearly programme costs per student correspond to the tuition fee given above.