SOAS, University of London

BA Japanese and ...

SOAS, University of London
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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location City of london
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  • City of london
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Programme Code: T210
Start of programme: Sepetember
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
From the study of pre-modern Japanese literature and history, to contemporary cinema and TV, we are the home to the largest concentration of Japanese specialists in Europe. The BA Japanese Combined Honours Degree provides students with the highest level of competence in all aspects of the written and spoken language, as well as an introduction to both classical and modern Japanese culture, and is suitable for both absolute beginners as well as those with some knowledge of the Japanese language. Students will spend the third year of study in Japan furthering language proficiency and understanding of the local business practices and culture. Additionally, the nature of the Combined Honours Degree will allow you to create a specialist niche for yourself by studying another subject.
What subjects can you combine it with?
Other disciplines - Development Studies, Economics, English, Geography, History, History of Art/ Archaeology, International Relations, Linguistics, Music, Politics, Social Anthropology, Study of Religions, World Philosophies Languages – Chinese Studies, Korean, Korean Studies
Why study Japanese Combined Honours at SOAS?
we are home to the largest concentration of Japan specialists outside of Japan
you will not only learn the essential language skills but also an in depth understanding of the region’s culture covering subjects from literature, history, cinema, and politics
you will spend your third year in Japan furthering language and cultural proficiency
we are specialists in the delivery of more that forty African and Asian languages. Your command of a language will set you apart from graduates of other universities
choosing to study a Combined Honours programme will allow you take advantage of the expertise of one of our other departments allowing you create a specialist niche for yourself
Apply now via UCAS or visit our upcoming Open Day.

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Scarlet Hutton
4.0 22/03/2018
What I would highlight: Teaching here is exceptional and you'll notice an increase in your ability to work with a global team. They got really great professors.
What could be improved: It was great
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What you'll learn on the course

Japanese Language
Japanese Culture
Study of Language Learning
post war Japanese society
Japanese language
Japanese language

Course programme

Students take 120 credits per year composed of core and optional modules, which allows for students to design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals. Students take 60 credits of Japanese language, and the remaining 60 credits from their other subject in each year apart from Year 3.

The third year is spent at one of the twenty-plus Japanese universities that we have exchange programmes with. During the year in Japan you will study Japanese language as well as modules of your choice on Japan, and be able to have an important adventure in your life.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to research a topic of your choice in an Independent Study Project.

1st year Elementary JapaneseCore Language Module

Core modules must be passed in order to progress to the following year of study.

  • J100: Elementary Japanese
Other Subject

Two subject degree students choose 60 credits from their second subject.

1st year Accelerated JapaneseCore Language Module

Core modules must be passed in order to progress to the following year of study.

  • J100: Accelerated Elementary Japanese
Core Module

Students must choose one of the following modules.

  • Japanese Cultural History to 1600: Power, Belief, Creativity
  • Japanese Cultural History 1600 to 1945: Power, Belief, Creativity
Other Subject

Two subject degree students choose 60 credits from their second subject.

2nd YearCore Language Module

Core modules must be passed in order to progress to the following year of study.

  • J200: Intermediate Japanese
Other Subject

Two subject degree students choose 60 credits from their second subject.

3rd Year: Year Abroad

Please see more information on the year abroad in Japan under the Teaching & Learning tab.

4th YearCompulsory Japanese Language use module

Student must take 30 credits from List A.

Optional Modules

Depending on the number of credits to be studied in the second subject, the remaining credits can be from List A or List B or from the second subject.

List A (Language use modules)
  • Independent Study Project in Japanese Language and Culture
  • J400: Advanced Japanese
  • Modernity and Identity in Modern Japanese History 1868-1912
  • Nation and Empire in Modern Japanese History 1868-1945
  • Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 1
  • Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 2
  • Self, City and Sexuality in Modern Japanese Literature 1868-1945
  • Writing from the Margins: Minority Voices in Modern Japanese Literature, 1945 to the Present
List B - (Non-language based disciplinary modules)

These optional modules are only available to students in year 4.

  • History and Memory in East Asian Cultures
  • Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature
  • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora
  • History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century
  • The Other Korea: North Korea since 1945
  • Cinema and Performance in China: Critical and Historical Approaches
  • Japanese Language Ideologies
  • Japanese Traditional Drama
  • Modern Japanese Literature
  • Japanese New Wave Cinema: Youth, Sex and Protest
  • Japanese Cinema: a Critical Survey
  • Extended Essay (Japanese Language and Culture) 2
  • Extended Essay (Japanese Language and Culture) 1
Programme Specification
  • BA Japanese and...Programme Specifications 2017/18 (pdf; 148kb)

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