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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST3281 Advanced Japanese in Context 1: Politics and International Relations

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Prof Caroline Rose

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 2 Japanese (or equivalent)

Module replaces

EAST3261 Advanced Japanese in Context 1

This module is not approved as a discovery module


By the end of this module, students will:

- have a greater awareness and understanding of the language and vocabulary of Japanese texts specific to the areas of politics and international relations;

- have a high degree of competence in reading Japanese texts relating to politics and international relations;
- have a greater understanding of the broader significance of the particular texts studied;

- have developed their abilities to discuss texts critically in terms of the context in which they were produced.

Learning outcomes
To write Japanese fluently and accurately in all language tasks and, in translation between English and Japanese, to use both languages accurately, with correct spelling and grammar.

Skills outcomes
Reading comprehension skills of documentary Japanese, specific to the areas of politics and international relations; critical analysis skills.


The module will be run in student-led seminar-style classes. A variety of contemporary and important texts from the fields of politics and international relations of Japan will be selected. Given the contemporary nature of this course, the specifics of individual texts will necessarily vary from year to year but will include such themes as education reform and citizenship in Japan, Japan's security role in the region and the world, and Japanese nationalism. The classes will consist of elements of extensive and intensive reading, followed by discussion and analysis of sections of the texts that are of interest in terms of their use of language and/or contextual relevance.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours179.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

90 hours preparation for classes
45 preparing coursework essay
45 preparing for exam

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Ongoing monitoring of comprehension, translation, and critical thinking skills in student-led seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 02/08/2023


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