BA Japanese Studies (dual degree options)

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


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.

The BA Japanese Studies Combined Honours Degree 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.

The Combined Honours degree may be combined with:

  • Chinese (JapChi) with jacs code TT12 (4 years with a year abroad in China)
  • Economics (BA/JSE) with jacs code TL21
  • History (BA/JSH) with jacs code TV2C
  • History of Art/Archaeology (BA/JSHAA) with jacs code TV23
  • International Relations LTG2
  • Korean (BA/KorJap) with jacs code TT42 (4 years with a year abroad in Korea)
  • Korean Studies, T2T4
  • Linguistics (BA/JSL) with jacs code TQ21
  • Music (BA/JSMu) with jacs code TW2H
  • Politics (BA/JSP) with jacs code TL22
  • Social Anthropology (BA/JSSA) with jacs code TL26
  • Study of Religions (BA/JSSR) with jacs code TV2P
  • World Philosophies, T201

*Taught at Birkbeck College, London
(Students are advised to see the other departments’ websites for options required in joint degrees)

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 than forty African and Asian languages. Your command of a language will set you apart from graduates of other universities.

Choosing to study a Combined Honours programme will allow you to take advantage of the expertise of one of our other departments and help you create a specialist niche for yourself.

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 a comparative study with other areas.

Skills gained include:

  • 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 a 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.

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

Structure

Students take 120 credits per year composed of core and optional modules, which allows 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.

Year 1

Compulsory Module

  • Cool Japan: Manga, Anime, Sushi
  • Reading and Writing East Asian Studies
  • H120 Introduction to the History of East Asia

Choose a Japanese Language module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

plus

Guided Option

Choose a module(s) from List B at an appropriate level below to the value of 30 credits.

or

Open Options

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits.

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

Year 1 (Combined Honours Degree)

Compulsory Modules

  • Cool Japan: Manga, Anime, Sushi
  • Reading and Writing East Asian Studies

and

Choose a Japanese Language module(s) from List A at an appropriate level below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Choose a module(s) from the second subject to the value of 60 credits.

Year 2

Core Module

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

  • Nation and Identity in Contemporary Japan
  • Gender and Society in Contemporary Japan

Compulsory Module

Choose a Japanese Language module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

plus

Choose a module(s) from List B at an appropriate level below to the value of 30 credits.

plus

Guided Option

Choose a module(s) from List B at an appropriate level below to the value of 30 credits.

or

Open Options

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits.

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

Year 2 (Combined Honours Degree)

Compulsory Module

  • Nation and Identity in Contemporary Japan
  • Gender and Society in Contemporary Japan

Choose a Japanese Language module(s) from List A at an appropriate level below to the value of 30 credits.

or

Choose a module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Choose a module(s) from the second subject to the value of 60 credits.

Year 3

Compulsory Module

  • Independent Project in Japanese Studies

and

Choose a Japanese Language module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

or

Choose a module(s) from List B at an appropriate level below to the value of 30 credits.

plus

Choose a module(s) from List B at an appropriate level below to the value of 30 credits.

plus

Guided Option

Choose a module(s) from List B at an appropriate level below to the value of 30 credits.

or

Open Options

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits.

  • Language Open Option Modules
  • Non-Language Open Option Modules

Year 3 (Combined Honours Degree)

Compulsory Modules

Choose a module(s) from List A below to the value of 30 credits.

and

Choose a module(s) from List B below to the value of 30 credits.

or

Choose a module(s) from List B below to the value of 60 credits.

and

Choose a module(s) from the second subject to the value of 60 credits.

*The Independent Study Project in Japanese Studies is recommended for final-year students

List of modules BA Japanese Studies (subject to availability)

  • List A Options
    • Japanese 1 A
    • Japanese 1 B
    • Japanese 2
    • Japanese 3
    • Japanese 4
    • Japanese 5
    • J400: Advanced Japanese
    • J201: Japanese Readings
    • Modernity and Identity in Modern Japanese History 1868-1912
    • Nation and Empire in Modern Japanese History 1868-1945
    • Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 1
    • Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 2
    • Self, City and Sexuality in Modern Japanese Literature 1868-1945
    • Writing from the Margins: Minority Voices in Modern Japanese Literature, 1945 to the Present
  • List B Options
    Before selecting a module, students must ensure that they meet any pre-requisites.
    • R110 Introduction to Buddhism
    • R170 Introduction to the Religions of East and Central Asia
    • Modern Korea: Culture and Society
    • Fieldwork methods in language and culture
    • Identity and social relations in Japanese
    • Music and Japanese Identities
    • J201: Japanese Readings
    • Survey of Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
    • Survey of Pre-Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
    • Early Modern Japan
    • Modern and Contemporary Japan
    • Queer Cinema in Asia
    • Japanese Art
    • Visual Culture of Early-Modern Japan
    • Pop and Politics in East Asia
    • Musical Traditions of East Asia
    • Ethnography of Japan
    • Japanese Traditional Drama
    • Writing from the Margins: Minority Voices in Modern Japanese Literature, 1945 to the Present
    • Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 1
    • Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 2
    • Modernity and Identity in Modern Japanese History 1868-1912
    • Nation and Empire in Modern Japanese History 1868-1945
    • History and Memory in East Asian Cultures
    • Japanese Cinema: a Critical Survey
    • Japanese New Wave Cinema: Youth, Sex and Protest
    • Extended Essay (Japanese Language and Culture) 1
    • Extended Essay (Japanese Language and Culture) 2
    • H333 Urban Modern Eastern Asia (I)
    • Contemporary Issues in the Japanese and Korean Economies
    • Finance in Japan and Korea

List of modules BA Japanese Studies Combined Honours Degree (subject to availability)

  • List A (Language use modules)
    Available to Year 1, 2 and 3 students depending on their language ability.
    • Japanese 1 A
    • Japanese 1 B
    • Japanese 2
    • Japanese 3
    • Japanese 4
    • Japanese 5
    • J400: Advanced Japanese
    • Modernity and Identity in Modern Japanese History 1868-1912
    • Nation and Empire in Modern Japanese History 1868-1945
    • Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 1
    • Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 2
    • Self, City and Sexuality in Modern Japanese Literature 1868-1945
    • Writing from the Margins: Minority Voices in Modern Japanese Literature, 1945 to the Present
    • Independent Project in Japanese Studies
  • List B (Non-language based disciplinary modules)
    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.
    • H120 Introduction to the History of East Asia
    • R110 Introduction to Buddhism
    • R170 Introduction to the Religions of East and Central Asia
    • Fieldwork methods in language and culture
    • Identity and social relations in Japanese
    • Music and Japanese Identities
    • J201: Japanese Readings
    • Survey of Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
    • Survey of Pre-Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
    • Early Modern Japan
    • Modern and Contemporary Japan
    • Japanese Art
    • Visual Culture of Early-Modern Japan
    • Musical Traditions of East Asia
    • Pop and Politics in East Asia
    • Queer Cinema in Asia
    • Ethnography of Japan
    • Japanese Traditional Drama
    • Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 1
    • Reading Pre-modern Japanese Texts 2
    • Modernity and Identity in Modern Japanese History 1868-1912
    • Nation and Empire in Modern Japanese History 1868-1945
    • History and Memory in East Asian Cultures
    • Japanese Cinema: a Critical Survey
    • Japanese New Wave Cinema: Youth, Sex and Protest
    • Extended Essay (Japanese Language and Culture) 1
    • Extended Essay (Japanese Language and Culture) 2
    • H333 Urban Modern Eastern Asia (I)
    • Contemporary Issues in the Japanese and Korean Economies
    • Finance in Japan and Korea

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

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.
  • A-Levels: AAB-ABB
    IB: 35 (665 at HL)
  • 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 an interview.

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 5 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

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Oct 2019

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