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 module Core 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 Cultures We 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.
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 1A for post-A level entrants (double module) Introduction to Japanese Culture A module on Japanese history taught by MLaC or History. Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered.
How to apply
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Points of entry
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Our contextual offer for this programme is A level BBB (or equivalent, to include at least a grade B in any language to be studied Post-A Level). To find out if you’re eligible, please visit: www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contextualoffers/.
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English language requirements
Durham University welcomes applications from all students irrespective of background. We encourage the recruitment of academically well-qualified and highly motivated students, who are non-native speakers of English, whose full potential can be realised with a limited amount of English Language training either prior to entry or through pre-sessional and/or in-sessional courses. It is the normal expectation that candidates for admission should be able to demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency before the start of a programme of study, whether via the submission of an appropriate English language qualification or by attendance on an appropriate pre-sessional course. Acceptable evidence and levels required can be viewed by following the link provided.
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
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