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2019/20 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 Caroline Summers Contact address:c.summers@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 605

Entry requirements:

For entry requirements for this course please visit: 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:

Languages, Cultures and Societies:
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/subject-benchmark-statements/sbs-languages-cultures-and-societies-15.pdf?sfvrsn=2098f781_12

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.


Year1 - View timetable

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

In Level 1 students must study 120 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
ITAL1025Exploring Italy: Introduction to Italian Culture and Society (Beginners)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 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 are required to take 20 credits from the following optional modules:

EAST1065China in East Asian History20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
EAST1110Modern China: History and Culture20 creditsSemester 1
EAST1269Japanese Culture and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
EAST1450Foundations of East Asia20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
EAST1500Introduction to Religious and Philosophical Texts of East Asia20 creditsSemester 2
EAST1550Introduction to East Asian Religions20 creditsSemester 2


Year2 - 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:


Year3 - 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 Language B20 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 creditsNot running in 201920
ITAL2200Italian Cinema: Genre and Social Change20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ITAL2300Italy: Regions, Identities and Nation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
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 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 2
EAST2009Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought20 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST2360Chinese Cinema20 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST2470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST2480Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World20 creditsSemester 1
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 201920
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3604Korea: Politics, Economy and International Relations20 creditsNot running in 201920
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.


Year4 - 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:


Year5 - 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, including at least 20 credits as a Final Year Project module which can be taken in and count towards either of the named subjects. 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 are required to study ONE of the following Final Year Project modules.

MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3310Final Year Project: Extended Essay20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3320Final Year Project: Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3340Final Year Project: Extended Translation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

NB: Japanese students may only count MODL3310 or MODL3320 as their Final Year Project module. Italian students can take any of the modules listed in this section.

Candidates will be required to study at least 20 credits from the following optional modules:

ITAL3310'Giocare al Romanzo': Italo Calvino and the Novel, from Neorealism to Postmodern20 creditsSemester 1
ITAL3370Dark Italy: Italian Crime Fiction20 creditsSemester 2
ITAL3375A Year With 366 Days: A Journey Through Petrarch's Canzoniere20 creditsNot running in 201920
ITAL3400Made in Italy. Italian for Business20 creditsSemester 1
ITAL3450Family Novels: Life Stories, Gender and Social Change in Modern Italy20 creditsNot running in 201920

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Candidates will be required to study at least 20 credits from the following optional modules:

EAST3012Chinese Oral and Performance Traditions20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3256Narratives of Japanese Modernity: Fiction and Film20 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3281Advanced Japanese in Context 1: Politics and International Relations20 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST3284Advanced Japanese in Context 4: Literature20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3286Advanced Japanese in Context: Culture and Identity20 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST3287Advanced Japanese in Context 5: Japanese Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in Historical Context20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3288Advanced Japanese in Context 6: Japanese Religion and Culture in Historical Context20 creditsNot running in 201920
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3355Death and Religion in Japan20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3525Globalising China and the Developing World20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3580Advanced Japanese in Translation20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsSemester 1
EAST3703South East Asia in the Global Context20 creditsSemester 1
FOAR3150Religion and Violence20 creditsSemester 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: 15/11/2019

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