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2021/22 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Japanese

Programme code:BA-JAPNUCAS code:T210
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Kazuki Morimoto Contact address:k.morimoto@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 485

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:
Languages, Cultures and Societies

Programme specification:

By the end of the programme students should be equipped with the linguistic skills needed to understand a range of written, spoken and broadcast material in Japanese and the ability to communicate effectively with Japanese speakers. The deliberately modern bias of the programme aims to produce graduates with an all-round proficiency in modern Japanese along with a range of transferable skills and insights.

Students begin the language from scratch (although special arrangements would be made for incoming students with A-level Japanese) and follow an intensive language programme in their first year. The second year is spent at a Japanese university where students follow a prescribed course of study in language, and in some cases non-language courses. In exceptional cases students may do work placement in Japan. This must be organised by the student, should include an element of language study, and must have the approval of the Japanese curriculum committee.

Students return to Leeds in their third year to follow advanced upper level language and non-language modules. By the final year of the programme students should be able to interpret relevant material in a wider sense, fitting it into the broader social, political, economic and cultural context of present-day Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.

Students are expected to graduate with a sound knowledge of the Japanese language, invaluable experience of life in Japan, and an understanding of the wider context of Japanese society.


Year1 - View timetable

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

In Level 1 students must study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST1210Basic Japanese Language (1)20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1220Basic Japanese Language (2)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Students with prior knowledge of Japanese may, subject to a placement test, study more advanced language modules as appropriate in their first year (40 credits from EAST2300, EAST2305, FLTU1026, FLTU1030).

Optional modules:

Students are required to study one of the following optional modules:

EAST1270Modern Japan: History and International Politics20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST1271Japanese History and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students are required to choose 40 credits from the following list of modules:

EAST1065China in East Asian History20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
EAST1110Modern China: History and Culture20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST1450Foundations of East Asia20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
EAST1500Introduction to Religious and Philosophical Texts of East Asia20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST1550Introduction to East Asian Religions20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Discovery modules:

Students must take 20 credits of Discovery modules.


Year2 - View timetable

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

The second year of the programme will be spent in Japan.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EAST9012Year Abroad in Japan120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)


Year3 - View timetable

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

In Level 2 students must study 120 credits.

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 (Sep to Jun)
EAST2222Japanese 2B: Spoken Communication Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 60-80 credits from the following optional modules

EAST2006China Since 197920 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2007Japan's International Relations20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2009Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST2127Society and Culture of Early Modern China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2128Contemporary East Asian Culture20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST2360Chinese Cinema20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST2480Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2605Topics in Contemporary Asia Pacific Societies20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsNot running in 202122
MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

- The research project undertaken as part of FOAR2000 must relate to East Asian Studies.
- Not all modules will be available every year.

Students may also choose to study the below module as long as they are not already enrolled onto Linguists into Schools

FOAH2020Towards the Future: Skills in Context20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates can study up to 20 credits of discovery modules

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules or take the above FOAH module.


Year4 - View timetable

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

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. Finalists may only take level 1 modules which are listed as discovery skills modules (skd) and only to the value of 20 credits.

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 module:

EAST3285Japanese 3: Advanced Communication Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study ONE of the following Final Year Project modules:

MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3340Final Year Project: Extended Translation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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

EAST3281Advanced Japanese in Context 1: Politics and International Relations20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3286Advanced Japanese in Context: Culture and Identity20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3287Advanced Japanese in Context 5: Japanese Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in Historical Context20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3289Advanced Japanese in Context 4: Literature20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3580Advanced Japanese in Translation20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Candidates will be required to study between 20-40 credits from the following optional modules. Candidates may not choose modules that they have already taken at level 2 or in another group.

EAST3012Chinese Oral and Performance Traditions20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3281Advanced Japanese in Context 1: Politics and International Relations20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3286Advanced Japanese in Context: Culture and Identity20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3287Advanced Japanese in Context 5: Japanese Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in Historical Context20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3289Advanced Japanese in Context 4: Literature20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3355Death and Religion in Japan20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3470Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan20 creditsNot running in 202122
EAST3525Globalising China and the Developing World20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3580Advanced Japanese in Translation20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsNot running in 202122
FOAH3150Religion and Violence20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL3600Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3610Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3620Decolonial Approaches20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3630Social Movements across Cultures20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL3800Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

- The research project undertaken as part of FOAR2000 must relate to East Asian Studies.
- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates can choose to study upto 20 credits of discovery modules

Last updated: 06/07/2021 16:30:40

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