SOAS University of London

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

MA Japanese Studies and Intensive Language (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018


Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,685
Overseas fees:
£19,930

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

Entry requirements

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

This two-year full-time (ot four-year part-time) programme is designed to provide intensive language training at different proficiency levels - depending on entry level - within a Masters programme in Japanese Studies.

It allows students:

  • to cultivate or further develop a basic expertise in particular aspects of Japanese Studies.
  • to choose modules that meet their own needs, with respect to their interest in Japan and future career plans.
  • to develop their abilities to synthesize information, to think critically, to manage a complex research project and to present their results in verbal and written form.
  • to achieve a high level of language proficiency.
  • to master transferable language and analytical skills in order to prepare for a variety of potential future professional or research careers.

Combinations

May be combined with:

The following Intensive Language pathways are available with the MA Japanese Studies

Structure

Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation as outlined below.

In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. During the summer, they participate in a Summer School abroad. In the second year, they take another 30 language credits as well as 60 credits in the discipline; they also complete their dissertation in the discipline. 

Please note that on all Area Studies degrees, including Japanese Studies:

  • a maximum of 60 credits can be taken in any one subject area
  • a minimum of three subject areas must be covered.

For information on the programme structure for the four-year part-time version of the programme, please see the pdf programme specification at the bottom of this page.

Please see the relevant web pages in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures for information on the Intensive Language part of the programme.

Year 1 (two years full time)
Discipline Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Connections and Intersections: Core Aspects of East Asian Studies 15PJKH025 15 Term 2
Plus

Modules from the list below to the value of 45 credits.

Language Component

Students take 60 credits in the selected language.

Summer Abroad

Students participate in a Summer School abroad for the selected language.

Year 2 (two years full time)
Discipline Component

Modules from the list below to the value of 60 credits.

Language Component

Students take 30 credits in the selected language.

Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Japanese Studies 15PJKC990 60 Full Year
List of modules (subject to availability)
Anthropology and Sociology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
History of Art
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Shogunal Iconography in the Edo Period 15PARH007 15 Term 1
Popular Practice in the Edo Period Arts 15PARH008 15 Term 2
Economics

Adequate background in Economics is a prerequisite for this module. Please contact the convenor for details.

Available as a major only
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Economic Development of Japan 15PECH025 15 Term 1
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 15 Term 1
Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 15 Term 2
Modernity and Identity in Modern Japanese History 1868-1912 15PJKH026 15 Term 1
Nation and Empire in Modern Japanese History 1868-1945 15PJKH027 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Language
Available as a minor only
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Chinese 1 A (PG) 15PCHH031 15 Term 1
Chinese 1 B (PG) 15PCHH032 15 Term 2
Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 30 Full Year
Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 30 Full Year
Linguistics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Identity and social relations in Japanese (PG) 15PJKH022 15 Term 1
Issues in Japanese language learning 15PJKH023 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Literature
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Japanese Literature (Masters) 15PEAH012 15 Term 2
Japanese Traditional Drama (Masters) 15PEAH013 15 Term 1
Modernity and Identity in Modern Japanese History 1868-1912 15PJKH026 15 Term 1
Nation and Empire in Modern Japanese History 1868-1945 15PJKH027 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 1 (PG) 15PJKH028 15 Term 2
Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 2 (PG) 15PJKH029 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Self, City and Sexuality in Modern Japanese Literature 1868-1945 (PG) 15PJKH030 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Writing from the Margins: Minority Voices in Modern Japanese Literature, 1945 to the Present (PG) 15PJKH031 15 Term 2
Censoring Japan: A Socio-Cultural History of Japanese Television 15PJKH034 15 Term 2
Management
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Management in Japan I 15PFMC018 15 Term 1
Management in Japan II 15PFMC077 15 Term 2
Media
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 15 Term 1
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 15 Term 2
Censoring Japan: A Socio-Cultural History of Japanese Television 15PJKH034 15 Term 2
Music
Available as a minor only
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Politics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 30 Full Year
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 30 Full Year
Japan Unravelled 15PPOH033 15 Credits - Not Running 2018/19
Religions and Philosophies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 30 Full Year
Available as a minor only
Module Code Credits Term Availability
East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 15 Term 2

 

This is the structure for applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Department.

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

There are four key areas in which the programme allows students to develop:

Knowledge

  • Students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of Japan’s past and present, within the parameters of the modules and disciplines chosen, and of her connections to the wider East Asian Region through the core module.
  • Students will acquire an advanced understanding of the theoretical and methodological tools of the relevant disciplines.
  • Students who choose to take language will improve their knowledge of and ability to use Japanese in their everyday life and, depending on the level achieved, professional career.

Intellectual (thinking) skills

  • Students will learn how to assess data and evidence critically from a variety of sources and how to resolve problems of conflicting sources and conflicting interpretations.
  • Students will learn the strengths and disciplines of particular disciplinary and theoretical approaches, cultivating their ability to draw on a variety of such approaches.
  • Students will learn how to design and manage an independent research project, formulating the problem to be addressed, identifying the data to be analyzed, and synthesizing the findings to present well-supported conclusions.

Subject-based practical skills

  • Students will learn how to read critically, to participate effectively in seminar discussions, and to present their work in both oral and written form.
  • More specific skills will depend on the particular modules taken.

Transferable skills

  • Students will learn how to access and evaluate electronic and other data effectively and efficiently.
  • Students will learn how to solve complex problems, for example concerning economic development, historical causation, literary interpretation, or political decision-making.
  • Students will learn how to communicate effectively in a variety of settings and formats.

Through their language study, students will

  • acquire/develop skills in both written and spoken language.
  • develop a procedural knowledge of rules governing both oral and written linguistic usages and of multiple norms regulating intercultural communication, analytical skills (problem solving, formal operations), critical skills and creativity.
  • develop the ability to engage with people or texts from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, understanding the role of different linguistic or cultural frames of reference.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 2 year full-time programmes have 2 years of full-time fees - the fee in the second year will be higher than the fee for the first year (the full time fee below is for the first year only).

Full-time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£9,685 £19,930
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