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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

BA Japanese Studies

Programme Code: T200 BA/Jap Duration: 3 years

Overview

2015 Entry Requirements

  • A Levels: AAB
  • IB: 35 (6/6/5)
  • BTEC: DDM
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
  • Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 80%
  • French Bacc: 14/20
  • German Abitur: 2.0
  • Italy DES: 80/100
  • Austria Mat: 2.0
  • Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

Minimum Entry Requirements: No preliminary knowledge of the language is required.

Subjects Preferred: A foreign language at A level, or equivalent, is desirable but not essential.

Interview Policy: In principle all mature students, and all Japanese nationals and all students one of whose parents is Japanese are invited for interview.

This is a three-year degree taught entirely at SOAS (it does not include a year of study in Japan), and requires less intensive study of the Japanese language than the BA Japanese – a smaller number of language classes can be taken at various levels of proficiency from pure beginner to very advanced.

The degree provides wide-ranging coverage of disciplines taught by specialists in the Japan section (pre-modern and modern literature, theoretical and applied linguistics, history, religion, media studies and popular culture), and allows access to the disciplinary expertise of other Japan-related specialists across the school. It therefore enables students to structure their course of study with great flexibility, to develop their own individual interests.

The BA Japanese Studies degree is available as a single subject and joint subject degree.

In the final year, single–subject students write an Independent Study Project based on in-depth study in one of many possible fields using Japanese language sources.

Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Year 1
Core Unit

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

Core Language Unit

Japanese language unit at the appropriate level from List A.

1 Optional Unit

Choose one unit from List B.

1 Open Option Unit

Choose an open option unit (open option is a course in a subject other than those named in the students choosen degree title). Alternatively, choose one unit from List B.

Year 2
Core Unit

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

2 Optional Units

Choose one unit from list A and one unit from list B.

1 Open Option Unit

Choose an open option unit (open option is a course in a subject other than those named in the students choosen degree title). Alternatively, choose one unit from List B.

Year 3
Compulsory Course
2 Optional Units

Either choose; 1 unit from List A and 1 unit from List B, OR choose 2 units from list B.

1 Open Option Unit

Choose an open option unit (open option is a course in a subject other than those named in the students choosen degree title). Alternatively, choose one unit from List B.

List A Options
Avaliable to year 1,2 and 3 students
Avaliable to year 2 or 3 students only
List B Options

Before selecting a course, student's must first check that the course is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

Avaliable to year 1,2 and 3 students

NB: Year 1 students wanting to take H383 Modern Japan (normally for year 2 or 3 students only), may be accepted following an interview with the course convenor.

Avaliable to year 1 students only
Avaliable to year 2 students only
Avaliable to year 1 & 2 students only
Avaliable to year 2 or 3 students only

Please note that prerequisites or course convenor approval may be required for some of these courses

Avaliable to year 3 students only

Please note that prerequisites or course convenor approval may be required for some of these courses

The following courses require advanced language proficiency

'Memory and Militarism on Japanese TV' can only be taken in the final year of study.'Readings in Modern Japanese Literature' and 'Readings in Pre-modern Japanese Literature' can only be taken in year 2 or 3.

The following courses are available as options only to ‘BA Japanese studies & Linguistics’ students

The courses 'Introduction to the Study of Language Learning I & II' can only be taken in year 1 or 2. The courses 'Structure of Japanese I & II' can only be taken in year 2 or 3.

Programme Specification

Teaching & Learning

Destinations

As a student specialising in Japanese, you will gain competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature and culture (which can include literature, film, music, art and religion) of various parts of Japan.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in both business and the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

Being a city girl, I thought life in London wouldn’t be too much of a culture shock but it actually was! London is very different from cities like New York or Tokyo. It really is one of a kind.

Hannah Kang, Georgetown University