SOAS University of London

Japan & Korea Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Culture

BA Japanese Studies

duration:
3 years

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,575


Fees for 2017/18 entrants. 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

2018 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: Mature students, candidates with non-standard qualifications, Japanese nationals, and heritage speakers (i.e., Japanese raised abroad) who meet the academic requirements may be 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

Start of programme: September

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 Studies programme provides students with the opportunity to study Japanese society, history and culture in depth, along with the study of the language. You will have the opportunity to take approved modules from other SOAS departments, such as Art & Archaeology, Religions, Anthropology, Economics, etc, allowing you to structure your programme of study with great flexibility and to develop and pursue your own individual interests.  

Why study Japanese Studies 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
  • this is a three-year degree and requires less intensive study of the Japanese language than the BA Japanese degree. Language modules can be taken at various levels of proficiency from pure beginner to very advanced
  • you will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our Open Options modules to take advantage of the expertise of our other departments
  • 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

Apply now via UCAS or visit our upcoming Open Day.

Find out more about how to apply.

Convenors

Key Information Set Data

Structure

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.

This is a three-year degree and requires less intensive study of the Japanese language than the BA Japanese degree. Language modules can be taken at various levels of proficiency from pure beginner to very advanced.

The degree provides wide-ranging coverage of modules taught by specialists in the Japan section and other SOAS departments including: pre-modern and modern literature, applied linguistics, history, religion, media studies and popular culture.

In the final year, you will write an Independent Study Project based on in-depth research in one of many possible fields.

Year 1
Core Module

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

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Aspects of Japanese Culture 1 155901199 15 Term 1
Aspects of Japanese Culture 2 155901200 15 Term 2
Core Language Module

30 credits of Japanese language at the appropriate level from List A.

Optional Module

Choose 30 credits from List B.

Open Option

Choose one open option module to the value of 30 credits from this department, or another department (i.e. a module in a subject other than those named in the student’s chosen degree title). Students may not choose a language open option during their first year. The full list of Japanese Open Options can be found at the bottom of this page and here is a list of non-language open options.

Other modules we would like to recommend are:

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Cultural History of Tibet 155901327 30 Full Year
Culture and Society in Modern and Contemporary Korea 155900809 30 Full Year
Chinese 103: History and Culture of China 155901001 30 Full Year
Year 2
Core Module

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

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Survey of Pre-Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 155901213 15 Term 1
Survey of Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 155901214 15 Term 2
Optional Modules

Choose 30 credits from list A and 30 credits from list B.

Open Option

Choose an open option module to the value of 30 credits (open option is a module in a subject other than those named in the students chosen degree title). Alternatively, choose modules to the value of 30 credits from List B.

Year 3
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Independent Project in Japanese Studies 155901364 30 Full Year
Optional Modules

Either choose; 30 credits from List A and 30 credits from List B, OR choose 60 credits from list B.

Open Option

Choose an open option module to the value of 30 credits (open option is a module in a subject other than those named in the students chosen degree title). Alternatively, choose modules to the value of 30 credits from List B.

List A Options
Avaliable to year 1,2 and 3 students
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Basic Japanese 1 155900874 30 Full Year
Basic Japanese 2 155900875 30 Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 1 155901345 30 Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 2 155901346 30 Full Year
Advanced Japanese: Contemporary Topics 155901255 30 Full Year
J2: Japanese Readings 155901235 15 Term 2
Introduction to Pre-Modern Japanese language 155901294 15 Term 2
Readings in Japanese History 155900881 15 Term 1
Readings in Japanese Intellectual History 155900882 15 Term 2
Higher Advanced Japanese 155901285 30 Full Year
Avaliable to year 2 or 3 students only
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Readings in Pre-Modern Japanese Literature 155901284 30 Full Year
Readings in Modern Japanese Literature 155901273 30 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.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to Pre-Modern Japanese language 155901294 15 Term 2
Avaliable to year 1 students only
Module Code Credits Term Availability
H120 Introduction to the History of East Asia 154800229 30 Full Year
Buddhism: Foundation 158000110 15 Term 1
Religions of East and Central Asia 158000100 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of East Asia 154900163 15 Term 2
Avaliable to year 2 students only
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Extended Essay (Japanese Language and Culture) 1 155900853 15 Term 1
Avaliable to year 1 & 2 students only
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Issues in Post-war Japanese Society 1 155901329 15 Term 1
Issues in Post-war Japanese Society 2 155901330 15 Term 2
Management in Japan and Korea: Domestic and International Developments 151030023 30 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

Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Visual Culture of Eighteenth-Century Japan 154900120 30 Full Year
Pop and Politics in East Asia 155800077 15 Term 1
H283 Modern Japan 154800233 30 Full Year
Japanese Religion: A Historical Overview 158000044 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Themes in Japanese Religions 158000043 15 Term 2
Representing Religion in Japanese Films 158000184 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Japanese Cinema: A Critical Survey 155901181 30 Full Year
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 15 Term 1
Japanese Art 154900110 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Ethnography of Japan 151802081 15 Term 1
Avaliable to year 3 students only

Recommended prerequisites for Economic Development of Japan: Microeconomic Analysis 153400130 OR Macroeconomic Analysis 153400123. The convenor will also consider on a case-by-base students who have not taken the prerequisite.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Economic Development of Japan 153400134 15 Term 2
Extended Essay (Japanese Language and Culture) 2 155900854 15 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.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Memory and Militarism on Japanese TV 155901378 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Readings in Modern Japanese Literature 155901273 30 Full Year
Readings in Japanese History 155900881 15 Term 1
Readings in Japanese Intellectual History 155900882 15 Term 2
Readings in Pre-Modern Japanese Literature 155901284 30 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.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Issues in the Study of Language Learning 1 155901197 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Issues in the Study of Language Learning 2 155901198 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
The Structure of Japanese 1 155900747 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
The Structure of Japanese 2 155900748 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

Programme Specification

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Modules are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, usually one hour a week of each. Sometimes, one follows the other in a two-hour bloc. Sometimes, the tutorial is at a different time or on a different day than the lecture.

Lectures are led by an academic while tutorials are sessions in which students are expected to present reports and take a lead in discussions.

Depending on the size of the class, some intermediate and advanced level modules are less strictly divided between a formal lecture and a tutorial discussion, and instead, the topic is briefly introduced by the lecturer, followed by a seminar discussion. Advanced level modules, which are usually taught in one two-hour bloc, often take this format.

The assessment procedures involve coursework assignments, tests and unseen examinations. They provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the content and systems taught in lectures, tutorials and the literature.

The Independent Study Project (ISP)

These can be taken by final-year students only. Like the Special Subject dissertation, its aim is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct original historical research on their own initiative, to engage in in-depth analysis of particular subjects and to use a range of primary historical sources. It too involves no formal classes and is assessed by a single 10,000-word dissertation (including notes but excluding bibliography).

Learning Resources

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,575
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,350 £8,288
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2017-04-17 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

Studying this programme will provide students with competency in language skills as well as intercultural awareness and understanding.

Skills gained include:

  • a familiarity with the region through a combination of the study of language, literature, history, cinema, politics, economics or law
  • communication and presentation skills
  • analytical skills
  • the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources

Graduates from the Department leave SOAS not only with language and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector.

Find out more about Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea Destinations

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

  • Bloomberg L.P
  • British High Commission
  • British Council Tokyo
  • Deloitte Management Consulting Ltd.
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International
  • NHK-Japan Broadcasting Corporation
  • Oxford University
  • The British Embassy
  • The British Museum
  • Wall Street Associates

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Head of Production
  • US Marketing Executive
  • Senior Research Executive
  • Director of Development and Alumni Relations
  • Project Leader, Strategic Planning
  • Solicitor
  • Architect
  • Interactive Designer
  • HM Ambassador to Japan
  • Freelance Japanese Translator

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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