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Japanese Studies (with Year Abroad) BA (Hons)

Durham University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    St John's College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

This is a four-year multidisciplinary degree in which the compulsory Japanese language and culture modules will be taught at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLaC) and in the Department of History.You will choose a selection of other modules relevant to the study of Japan from other departments, including Anthropology, Education, Government and International Affairs, Economics, and Religious Studies.Alternatively, you may choose to take additional modules in MLaC including European languages and Chinese. You will spend your third year studying the Japanese language at a university in Japan. You are not expected to have any previous knowledge of Japanese, but a pathway is available for is you have an A Level or equivalent qualification in Japanese. A full list of the modules currently available can be accessed here: www.durham.ac.uk/mlac/japanesestudies/modules**Year 1**You will take a double module in Japanese language, including the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, a module in Japanese culture introducing the philosophy, art and literature of Japan, a module in Japanese history and two option modules from an extensive list.Core modules: Japanese Language 1 or Japanese Language 2B for post-A level entrants (double module) / Introduction to Japanese Culture / A module on Japanese history taught by MLaC or History.**Year 2**You will take a double module in Japanese language, including the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, a module in Japanese culture, a module in Japanese history and two option modules from an extensive list.Core modules: Japanese Language 2 (double) or Japanese Language 2A (single) / The Body and the Extremity of the Senses: Through Japanese Literature, Performance and Media Arts / A module on Japanese history taught by MLaC or History.**Year 3**The third year is spent in Japan studying the language full-time at a Japanese university. You are required to take all the examinations specified by your host university, but the marks for these do not count towards the final degree mark. You will complete a 5,000-word project in English with a 1,000-character abstract in Japanese on some aspect of Japan, at your choice with guidance from Durham staff.**Year 4**You will take a double module in Japanese language, a single text reading module in Japanese and a 40-credit Dissertation plus one other moduleCore modules: Japanese Language 4 (double) / Japanese Historical and Literary Texts / Dissertation in Japanese Studies.We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2020 entry from September 2019.**Study Abroad**School of Modern Languages and CulturesWe attach great importance to your time abroad, during the third year of your degree, which most students spend as a student at a university in Japan. This is a time of enormous linguistic and personal development from which you should gain a high level of fluency in your language(s) and enjoy a unique opportunity to make new friends, appreciate new cultures and learn to work and study in new ways. Employers at home and abroad are impressed by the lasting benefits, especially in increased linguistic confidence, intercultural agility and general self-motivation. During the year abroad you will complete an academic assignment related to each of the countries in which you stay. You will need to pass these in order to fulfil the requirements of the BA in Japanese Studies with Year Abroad.For more information on this course, please see our website.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

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£ 21,730per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : AAB

Students taking the History route of Japanese Studies must have an A in A2 History or equivalent qualification.Specific subjects excluded for entry:General Studies and Critical Thinking.Information:Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.

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University information

Durham University

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    7th

  • Campus address

    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city – and the heart of the university – forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beyond studies, Durham offers a student experience and college life that is truly unique.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    6th out of 15 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 226
    174 83%

    4th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
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  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.75 75%

    13th

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