SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

BA Japanese Studies and ...

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)

View alternative entry requirements

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
  • Combinations
  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Fees and funding
  • Employment
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Overview

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.

Convenors

Key Information Set Data


Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.

Combinations

May be combined with:

*Taught at Birkbeck College, London

(Students are advised to see the other departments’ websites for options required in joint degrees)

Key Information Set data

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Structure

This is a three-years 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 module 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.

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

Choose 30 credits from List A.

Other Subject

60 credits are taken from the other subject

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
Issues in Post-war Japanese Society 1 155901329 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Issues in Post-war Japanese Society 2 155901330 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Compulsory Module

Choose 30 credits from List A or List B.

Other Subject

60 credits are taken from the other subject

Year 3
Optional modules

Choose either: 30 credits from List A and 30 credits from List B, OR choose 60 credits from List B. You are recommended to choose the following module.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Independent Project in Japanese Studies 155901364 1 UnitFull Year
Other Subject

60 credits are taken from the other subject

List A Options
Available to Year 1, 2 and 3 students depending on their language ability.
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
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 it is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

Available to Year 2 students only
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Extended Essay (Japanese Language and Culture) 1 155900853 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Available to Year 2 and 3 students

Please note that prerequisites or programme convenor approval may be required for some of these modules. Please see Teaching & Learning tab.

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Japanese Cinema: A Critical Survey 155901181 1 UnitFull Year
Pop and Politics in East Asia 155800077 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Japanese Art 154900110 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
The Visual Culture of Eighteenth-Century Japan 154900120 1 UnitFull Year
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
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
Representing Religion in Japanese Films 158000184 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Ethnography of Japan 151802081 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Available to year 3 students only

Please note that prerequisites or programme convener approval may be required for some of these modules. Please see Teaching & Learning tab

Module Code Unit value Term Availability
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.

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 2.

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

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

NB: The following modules can be taken as options in the 3rd year subject to prerequisites.

  • Ethnography of Japan: the prerequisite for this course is “Introduction to Social Anthropology” (Anthropology & Sociology Dept), which students can take as an option in year 2. See the Anthropology & Sociology Departments’s website for options required in the joint degree.
  • Economic Development of Modern Japan since 1868: prerequisites are either; Intermediate Economic Analysis or Economics of Developing Countries I (to be taken in year 2). See the Economics’ department website for options required in joint degrees.
  • Music of East Asia: the prerequisites are; GCSE Music or Grade 5, or clear evidence of performance skills

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. 

ProgrammeFull-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,575
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,387.50 £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 the languages and cultures of Japan, 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.

Choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills with which to further your studies of Japan, or to make comparative study with other areas. Japanese Studies may be combined with a huge range of other disciplines. For more information on the extra skills you will gain from your second subject, please see the relevant departmental page. 

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

A Student's Perspective

I really enjoyed the intimate atmosphere of SOAS and the chance to learn just as much from my fellow students as from my lecturers. I also really enjoyed how open and helpful the lecturers were, and was grateful to learn that they honestly cared about my progress in their course. I always felt supported during my time at SOAS.

Katarina Starcevic, Georgetown University

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