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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Italian B and Japanese

Programme code:BA-ITB&JAPNUCAS code:RTH2
Duration:5 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Ingo Cornils Contact address:i.cornils@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 605

Entry requirements:

For entry requirements for this course please visit www.leeds.ac.uk/coursefinder

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

The programme will:

- Allow students to study the disciplines of Italian and Japanese to the same depth as Single Honours students of the disciplines, but with less breadth in each. This means that Joint Honours students will normally be required to take compulsory and a subset of the optional modules that are also part of the corresponding Single Honours degree programmes, and that they will be assessed on those modules using criteria identical to those applied to Single Honours students. Joint Honours students will reach the same levels of fluency and accuracy in their target language(s) as Single Honours students.
- At Levels Two and Three, allow students to choose, within certain parameters, optional modules from the full range available within each discipline, and thereby devise pathways of their own choosing.
- Require students to undertake two periods of residence abroad: a Year Abroad in a Japanese-speaking country at the end of Level One, and a Year Abroad in Italy at the end of Level 2. The Year Abroad in Japan will normally take the form of a course of study.
- Allow students the option at Level Three of undertaking an autonomous research project in either discipline, potentially linking the two disciplines by bringing knowledge and understanding gained in one discipline to bear in the other.
- Require students to acquire the flexibility of mind and variety of learning techniques needed to switch between the two disciplines.
- Provide a basis for further advanced study in either Italian or Japanese, or in a cognate interdisciplinary area.
- Have the flexibility to allow students to change programme upon successful completion of Level One, subject to approval. It is normally possible to switch from Joint Honours Italian & Japanese into Single Honours in either discipline.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 1 students must study 120-125 credits. Students are required to study 60 credits in each of Italian and Japanese.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST1210Basic Japanese Language (1)20 creditsSemester 1
EAST1220Basic Japanese Language (2)20 creditsSemester 2
ITAL1030Beginners Italian 120 creditsSemester 1
ITAL1035Beginners Italian 220 creditsSemester 2

Students with prior knowledge of Japanese will, subject to a placement test, study more advanced language modules, as appropriate in their first year.

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 10 credits from the following optional modules:

ITAL1034Art and Literature in Medieval and Renaissance Italy: An Introduction10 creditsSemester 1
ITAL1040Italy from Fascism to the Present10 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to study 10 credits from the following optional modules:

ITAL1094Fictions of Fascism (B): Watching the Detectives10 creditsSemester 2
ITAL1150Italian Cinema: An Introduction10 creditsSemester 2

Candidates are required to take 20 credits from the following optional modules:

EAST1263Japan in War and Peace10 creditsSemester 2
EAST1265Japan: History and International Politics10 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST1266Japan: A Cultural History from Buddhism to Murakami Haruki10 creditsSemester 1
EAST1450Foundations of East Asia20 creditsSemester 1
EAST1500Introduction to Religious and Philosophical Texts of East Asia20 creditsSemester 2
EAST1550Introduction to East Asian Religions20 creditsSemester 1

As part of your induction to academic work, and in order to provide you with additional support in key areas of your programme, students are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to undertake the following 5-credit Study Skills module. This module resides above the required 120 credits students take in Level 1 and as such it is not compulsory, but it draws together key guidance that augments provision elsewhere.

MODL1500LCS Academic Essentials5 creditsSemester 1


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will spend second year of the programme studying in Japan.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST9012Year Abroad in Japan120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 2 students must study 120 credits. Students are required to take 40 credits in Italian and 60 credits in Japanese. The remaining credits should be taken in either of the named subjects or taken as discovery modules.

In order to be eligible for an honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST2212Japanese 2A: Written Communication Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
EAST2222Japanese 2B: Spoken Communication Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ITAL2016Italian Language20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 20 and 40 credits from the following optional modules:

ITAL2023Introduction to Dante's Comedy20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ITAL2025Linguistic Variety in Modern Italy20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ITAL2090Power, Pain and Beauty: Introduction to the Art and Literature of the Italian Renaissance20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ITAL2095The Italian Renaissance: Ideals and Realities20 creditsNot running in 201718
ITAL2200Italian Cinema: Genre and Social Change20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ITAL2300Italy: Regions, Identities and Nation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ITAL2400Tall Tales: An Introduction to the Italian Short Story20 creditsNot running in 201718
MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

- Students wishing to choose MODL2001 as one of their Italian options must take a minimum of 60 credits in Italian in level 2 including ITAL2016.
- Not all modules will be available every year.

Candidates will be required to study between 20 and 40 credits from the following optional modules:

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1
EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2009Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2480Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World20 creditsSemester 1
EAST2600Contemporary Southeast Asia20 credits 
EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3256Narratives of Japanese Modernity: Fiction and Film20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3604Korea: Politics, Economy and International Relations20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3702Religion in Japan20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3703South East Asia in the Global Context20 creditsSemester 1

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules in a third subject or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.


Year 4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

The candidate will spend the fourth year of the programme in Italy.

Compulsory modules:

ITAL9001Year Abroad in Italy120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Discovery modules:


Year 5 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. Students are required to take 40 credits in Italian and 60 credits in Japanese. The remaining 20 credits can be taken in either of the two named subjects or as a Discovery Module.

In order to be eligible for an honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST3285Japanese 3: Advanced Communication Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ITAL3010Italian Language 320 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 20 and 40 credits from the following optional modules:

ITAL3025Italian Terrorisms/Italian Film20 creditsNot running in 201718
ITAL3033The Making of the Italian Language: From Dante to the Present20 creditsNot running in 201718
ITAL3110Italian Cinemas/Italian Histories20 creditsNot running in 201718
ITAL3153Primo Levi: From Testimony to Fiction20 creditsNot running in 201718
ITAL3233Minority Languages and Dialects in Italy from Fascism to the Present20 creditsNot running in 201718
ITAL3253Language and Identity in Twentieth-Century Italian Novels20 creditsNot running in 201718
ITAL3310'Giocare al Romanzo': Italo Calvino and the Novel, from Neorealism to Postmodern20 creditsSemester 1
ITAL3340Bad Christmas Films: The Italian Cinepanettone20 creditsNot running in 201718
ITAL3350Specialised Uses of Italian20 creditsNot running in 201718
ITAL3370Dark Italy: Italian Crime Fiction20 creditsSemester 2
ITAL3375A Year With 366 Days: A Journey Through Petrarch's Canzoniere20 creditsSemester 2
ITAL3400Made in Italy. Italian for Business20 creditsSemester 2
ITAL3450Family Novels: Life Stories, Gender and Social Change in Modern Italy20 creditsNot running in 201718
MODL3310Final Year Project: Extended Essay20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3320Final Year Project: Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits from the following optional modules:

EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3256Narratives of Japanese Modernity: Fiction and Film20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3281Advanced Japanese in Context 1: Politics and International Relations20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3284Advanced Japanese in Context 4: Literature20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3286Advanced Japanese in Context: Culture and Identity20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3287Advanced Japanese in Context 5: Japanese Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in Historical Context20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3288Advanced Japanese in Context 6: Japanese Religion and Culture in Historical Context20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3580Advanced Japanese in Translation20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3702Religion in Japan20 creditsNot running in 201718
EAST3703South East Asia in the Global Context20 creditsSemester 1
FOAR3150Religion and Violence20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3310Final Year Project: Extended Essay20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3320Final Year Project: Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

- Candidates may not take a module from this group that they taken in another group/year.
- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules in a third subject or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.

Last updated: 11/08/2017

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