SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

BA Japanese Studies

duration:
3 years

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£9,000
Overseas fees:
£16,250


The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2016 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.
A Levels:
AAB-ABB
IB:
35 (665 at HL)

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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

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Overview

Programme Code: T200 BA/Jap

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.

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

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Aspects of Japanese Culture 1 155901199 0.5 Unit Term 1
Aspects of Japanese Culture 2 155901200 0.5 Unit Term 2
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 module in a subject other than those named in the students chosen degree title). Alternatively, choose one unit from List B.

Year 2
Core Unit

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

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Survey of Pre-Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 155901213 0.5 Unit Term 1
Survey of Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 155901214 0.5 Unit Full Year
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 module in a subject other than those named in the students chosen degree title). Alternatively, choose one unit from List B.

Year 3
Compulsory Module
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Independent Project in Japanese Studies 155901364 1 Unit Full Year
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 module in a subject other than those named in the students chosen degree title). Alternatively, choose one unit from List B.

List A Options
Avaliable to year 1,2 and 3 students
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Basic Japanese 1 155900874 1 Unit Full Year
Basic Japanese 2 155900875 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 1 155901345 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 2 155901346 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced Japanese: Contemporary Topics 155901255 1 Unit Full Year
J2: Japanese Readings 155901235 0.5 Unit Term 2
Introduction to Pre-Modern Japanese language 155901294 0.5 Unit Term 2
Readings in Japanese History 155900881 0.5 Unit Term 1
Readings in Japanese Intellectual History 155900882 0.5 Unit Term 2
Higher Advanced Japanese 155901285 1 Unit Full Year
Avaliable to year 2 or 3 students only
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Readings in Pre-Modern Japanese Literature 155901284 1 Unit Full Year
Readings in Modern Japanese Literature 155901273 1 Unit Full Year
List B Options

Before selecting a module, student's must first check that the module 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 programme convenor.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Introduction to Pre-Modern Japanese language 155901294 0.5 Unit Term 2
Avaliable to year 1 students only
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
H120 Introduction to the History of East Asia 154800229 1 Unit Full Year
Buddhism: Foundation 158000110 0.5 Unit Term 1
Religions of East and Central Asia 158000100 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of East Asia 154900163 0.5 Unit Term 2
Avaliable to year 2 students only
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Extended Essay (Japanese Language and Culture) 1 155900853 0.5 Unit Term 1
Avaliable to year 1 & 2 students only
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Issues in Post-war Japanese Society 1 155901329 0.5 Unit Term 1
Issues in Post-war Japanese Society 2 155901330 0.5 Unit Term 2
Management in Japan and Korea: Domestic and International Developments 151030023 1 Unit Full Year
Avaliable to year 2 or 3 students only

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

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
The Visual Culture of Eighteenth-Century Japan 154900120 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
H283 Modern Japan 154800233 1 Unit Full Year
Japanese Religion: A Historical Overview 158000044 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Themes in Japanese Religions 158000043 0.5 Unit Term 1
Representing Religion in Japanese Films 158000184 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 0.5 Unit Term 2
Japanese Cinema: A Critical Survey 155901181 1 Unit Full Year
Japanese Art 154900110 1 Unit Full Year
Avaliable to year 3 students only

Please note that prerequisites or programme convenor approval may be required for some of these modules

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Extended Essay (Japanese Language and Culture) 2 155900854 0.5 Unit Term 1
The following modules 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.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Memory and Militarism on Japanese TV 155901378 1 Unit Full Year
Readings in Modern Japanese Literature 155901273 1 Unit Full Year
Readings in Japanese History 155900881 0.5 Unit Term 1
Readings in Japanese Intellectual History 155900882 0.5 Unit Term 2
Readings in Pre-Modern Japanese Literature 155901284 1 Unit Full Year
The following modules are available as options only to ‘BA Japanese studies & Linguistics’ students

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

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Issues in the Study of Language Learning 1 155901197 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Issues in the Study of Language Learning 2 155901198 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
The Structure of Japanese 1 155900747 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
The Structure of Japanese 2 155900748 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Fees and funding

Employment

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

SOAS is a unique institution not only through its degrees, but also through the diversity of people that you meet here. My department is more like a family, the teachers are warm and caring, and they know how to maintain our curiosity for learning new things.

Ana Luiza Olanescu

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