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2024/25 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: 480

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

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

Languages, Cultures and Societies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Languages, Cultures and Societies

Programme specification:

The information on this page is accurate for students entering the programme in 2023/2024 or before. For students entering the programme from September 2024 or after, you can find the details of your programme:

BA Japanese(For students entering from September 2024 onwards)

This programme equips students 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 and follow an intensive language programme in their first year. We are also able to accommodate students with some prior learning. 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.

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 East Asian 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]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module

EAST1252Modern Japan20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates with no prior knowledge of Japanese will be required to study the following modules

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

Candidates with prior knowledge of Japanese will, subject to a placement test, be required to study the following modules

EAST1280Intermediate Japanese (1)20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1281Intermediate Japanese (2)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 20 and may study up to 40 credits from the following optional modules:

EAST1110Modern China: History and Culture20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST1241Premodern East Asia20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST1450Foundations of East Asia20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
EAST1510Introduction to East Asian Religions and Philosophies20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Candidates may study up to 20 credits from the following optional modules

MODL1050Introduction to Audio-Visual Culture20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL1060Language: Structure and Sound20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL1070World Histories20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL1090Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL1100Politics, Culture and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL1150Worlds of Literature20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL1401Discourse, Culture and Identity20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 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. Students will spend this year of their programme in a country or region where the language of interest is used both in official contexts and as a daily means of communication. Where this period of residence abroad involves studying at a University, a list of approved locations and institutions will be provided for you during Level 1. Where you are able to choose a location, you must have this approved by the Year Abroad Tutor in your language area.

Compulsory modules:

Students are required to study the following core residence abroad module. Please note that the appropriate Level 1 module(s) in the language needs to be passed in order progress to the Year Abroad.

MODL9500LCS Year Abroad120 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 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2008The Making of Modern Thailand20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2025Global Korea in Context: Sociocultural and Political Dynamics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2127Society and Culture of Early Modern China20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST2128Contemporary East Asian Culture20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST2360Chinese Cinema20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST2480Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST2605Topics in Contemporary Asia Pacific Societies20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
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 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsNot running in 202425
MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL2075Global Environmental Humanities20 creditsNot running in 202425

- 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]

At Level 3, students must study 120 credits. All students must take 40 credits as a Final Year Project (FYP) 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).

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:

All students will be required to study the following compulsory module:

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

Optional modules:

All students will be required to study ONE of the following Final Year Project (FYP) 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 Documentary (Podcast)40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students are required to take a minimum of 20 credits and may take up to 40 credits from the following list of optional modules:

EAST3281Advanced Japanese in Context 1: Politics and International Relations20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3286Advanced Japanese in Context: Culture and Identity20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3287Advanced Japanese in Context 5: Japanese Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in Historical Context20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3580Advanced Japanese in Translation20 creditsNot running in 202425

Students are required to take a minimum of 20 credits and may take up to 40 credits from the following list of optional modules.
Students may not take modules that they have already taken at level 2 or from another list of optional modules.

EAST3015Religion in China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3020Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3045Southeast Asia: Politics and Economy20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3148Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Sinophone World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3150Women and Family in Chinese Society20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3155Nature, Culture and Technology in Japan20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3252Modern Japanese History20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3271East Asia's Regional Political Economy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3281Advanced Japanese in Context 1: Politics and International Relations20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3286Advanced Japanese in Context: Culture and Identity20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3287Advanced Japanese in Context 5: Japanese Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in Historical Context20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3350Japanese Cinema in the World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EAST3355Death and Religion in Japan20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EAST3525Globalising China and the Developing World20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3580Advanced Japanese in Translation20 creditsNot running in 202425
EAST3602Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present20 creditsNot running in 202425
FOAH3150Religion and Violence20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL3600Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption20 creditsNot running in 202425
MODL3610Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3620Decolonial Approaches20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3630Social Movements across Cultures20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL3650Minoritised Languages, Dialects and Cultures from Past to Present20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL3800Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

All students may take up to 20 credits of discovery modules in a third subject or pursue additional modules from the above list of optional modules. Finalists may only take Level 1 modules that are listed as Discovery Skills modules (skd) and only to the value of 20 credits.

Last updated: 03/07/2024 06:09:15

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