SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

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

2017 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

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

This programme offers students the opportunity to study Japanese culture indepth, along with the study of Japanese language. The programme prides itself in having a broad range of expertise in Japanese subjects across the School. If you want to learn about culture/society in depth and study some Japanese language, as well as study a particular discipline, then this programme offers you many opportunities. We have experts and module offerings in traditional Japan and 2 in contemporary Japan including the popular arts, as well as politics and economics.

Please note that the BA Japanese Studies will undergo a structural reform for 2018/19. Two different core modules (0.5 units each) will be added to year 2 of the degrees, replacing the current core modules (Survey of pre-modern Japanese Literature in Translation and Survey of Modern Japanese Literature in Translation). This change will allow students to engage more with contemporary Japan and thus widen the scope of understanding current issues. 

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Structure

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.

Please note that the BA Japanese Studies will undergo a structural reform for 2018/19. Two different core modules (0.5 units each) will be added to year 2 of the degrees, replacing the current core modules (Survey of pre-modern Japanese Literature in Translation and Survey of Modern Japanese Literature in Translation). This change will allow students to engage more with contemporary Japan and thus widen the scope of understanding current issues. 

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.

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 Module

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

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Aspects of Japanese Culture 1 155901199 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Aspects of Japanese Culture 2 155901200 0.5 UnitsTerm 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 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 2
Core Module

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

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Survey of Pre-Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 155901213 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Survey of Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 155901214 0.5 UnitsTerm 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 Unit value Term Availability
Independent Project in Japanese Studies 155901364 1 UnitFull 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 Unit value Term Availability
Basic Japanese 1 155900874 1 UnitFull Year
Basic Japanese 2 155900875 1 UnitFull Year
Intermediate Japanese 1 155901345 1 UnitFull Year
Intermediate Japanese 2 155901346 1 UnitFull Year
Advanced Japanese: Contemporary Topics 155901255 1 UnitFull Year
J2: Japanese Readings 155901235 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Introduction to Pre-Modern Japanese language 155901294 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Readings in Japanese History 155900881 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Readings in Japanese Intellectual History 155900882 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Higher Advanced Japanese 155901285 1 UnitFull Year
Avaliable to year 2 or 3 students only
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Readings in Pre-Modern Japanese Literature 155901284 1 UnitFull Year
Readings in Modern Japanese Literature 155901273 1 UnitFull 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 Unit value Term Availability
Introduction to Pre-Modern Japanese language 155901294 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Avaliable to year 1 students only
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
H120 Introduction to the History of East Asia 154800229 1 UnitFull Year
Buddhism: Foundation 158000110 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Religions of East and Central Asia 158000100 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Themes in the Art and Archaeology of East Asia 154900163 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Avaliable to year 2 students only
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Extended Essay (Japanese Language and Culture) 1 155900853 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Avaliable to year 1 & 2 students only
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Issues in Post-war Japanese Society 1 155901329 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Issues in Post-war Japanese Society 2 155901330 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Management in Japan and Korea: Domestic and International Developments 151030023 1 UnitFull 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 Unit value Term Availability
The Visual Culture of Eighteenth-Century Japan 154900120 1 UnitFull Year
Pop and Politics in East Asia 155800077 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
H283 Modern Japan 154800233 1 UnitFull Year
Japanese Religion: A Historical Overview 158000044 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Themes in Japanese Religions 158000043 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Representing Religion in Japanese Films 158000184 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Japanese Cinema: A Critical Survey 155901181 1 UnitFull Year
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Japanese Art 154900110 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Ethnography of Japan 151802081 0.5 UnitsTerm 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 Unit value Term Availability
Economic Development of Japan 153400134 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Extended Essay (Japanese Language and Culture) 2 155900854 0.5 UnitsTerm 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 Unit value Term Availability
Memory and Militarism on Japanese TV 155901378 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Readings in Modern Japanese Literature 155901273 1 UnitFull Year
Readings in Japanese History 155900881 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Readings in Japanese Intellectual History 155900882 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Readings in Pre-Modern Japanese Literature 155901284 1 UnitFull 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 Unit value Term Availability
Issues in the Study of Language Learning 1 155901197 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Issues in the Study of Language Learning 2 155901198 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
The Structure of Japanese 1 155900747 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
The Structure of Japanese 2 155900748 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

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

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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