SOAS University of London

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

BA Japanese Studies and ...

duration:
3 years

Fees 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,907


Fees for 2018/19 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)

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

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 Combined Honours Degree provides students with the opportunity to study Japanese culture in depth, along with the study of the language. It will not only provide you with a thorough grounding in Japanese culture but will allow you to create a specialist niche for yourself by studying another subject.

What subjects can you combine it with?

Other disciplines -  Economics, History, History of Art/ Archaeology, International Relations, Linguistics, Music, Politics, Social Anthropology, Study of Religions, World Philosophies.

Languages - Chinese, Korean, Korean Studies

Why study Japanese Studies Combined Honours 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
  • choosing to study a Combined Honours programme will allow you take advantage of the expertise of one of our other departments and help you create a specialist niche for yourself
  • 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


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

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. A smaller number of language classes can be taken at various levels of proficiency from pure beginner to very advanced.

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

Choose 30 credits from List A.

Year 2
Core Module

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

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
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 Credits Term Availability
Independent Project in Japanese Studies 155901364 30 Full 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 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
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 it is at the correct level. They must also ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.

Available to Year 2 students only
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Extended Essay (Japanese Language and Culture) 1 155900853 15 Term 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 Credits Term Availability
Japanese Cinema: A Critical Survey 155901181 30 Full Year
Pop and Politics in East Asia 155800077 15 Term 1
Queer Cinema in Asia 155907000 15 Term 1
Japanese Art 154900110 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
The Visual Culture of Eighteenth-Century Japan 154900120 30 Full Year
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
Survey of Pre-Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 155901213 15 Term 1
Survey of Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 155901214 15 Term 2
Representing Religion in Japanese Films 158000184 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Ethnography of Japan 151802081 15 Term 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 Credits Term Availability
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.

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 2.

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

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, in modules of 60, 45, 30 or 15 credits. They are taught over 10 or 20 weeks. The programme structure shows which modules are taught over one term or the full year. It also shows which modules are compulsory and which are optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others.

More information is on the page for each module.

Modules

The following Open Option modules can be taken as options in the 3rd year:

  • Economic Development of Modern Japan since 1868. The prerequisites are either Intermediate Economic Analysis or Economics of Developing Countries I (to be taken in Year 2).
  • Musical Traditions of East Asia. The prerequisites are GCSE Music or Grade 5, or clear evidence of performance skills.

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 2018/19 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 £16,907
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £8,454
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2018-04-30 00:00

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

Employment

Studying this programme will provide students with competency Japanese language skills as well as intercultural awareness and understanding. Choosing to study a Combined programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge as you develop additional skills with which to further your studies of Japan, or to make comparative study with other areas. 

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
  • 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

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

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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