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  • Objectives
    Japan is an exciting country, maintaining fascinating traditional culture while fully embracing modernity and technology. Aspects of its culture, ranging from cinema, literature and manga to martial arts, continue to be an important influence on the West The four-year degree course combines intensive study of the Japanese language with Spanish and a selection of lecture-based modules on Spain, Latin America, Japan and East Asia. The third year of the course is spent at one of our partner universities in Japan, providing an excellent opportunity to enhance your language skills and to immerse yourself in Japanese society. The Japanese language is taught intensively from scratch, covering all the necessary skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. You learn the phonetic scripts (kana) from the outset, and learn the roughly 2000 Sino-Japanese characters (kanji) needed over the four years of the course. You encounter over a quarter of these in the first year. By the end of the first year you will have covered most of the core grammar of the language, and from the second year of the course you start to deal with real texts, including newspapers, and you develop compositional, summary, translation and presentational skills in the language. The Japan-related lecture-based modules cover a range of disciplines, so you can choose modules on contemporary society, literature, cinema, minorities, politics, economics, gender, modern history, business management or international relations. There are also some modules dedicated to reading Japanese literature in the original language, including both modern literature and the pre-modern language. On the Spanish side you develop your written and oral fluency in Spanish, supported by small-group learning on a weekly basis and by language laboratory, video and satellite TV facilities as well as weekly classes with native speakers. The School of East Asian Studies is one of the main centres for Japanese in Europe, and is one of two universities' departments that constitute the National Institute of Japanese Studies.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirementsGCE/VCE A Level - ABB Two GCE A Levels plus two GCE AS Levels - BB+BB Scottish Highers - AABB-ABBB Irish Leaving Cert. - ABBBB International Baccalaureate - 33 points Core Requirements - Grade B in GCE A Level Spanish
  • Academic Title
    BA Japanese Studies with Spanish
  • Course description
    Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.
    Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

    Important notice :

    This is a list of modules that have been offered in the past. We expect similar modules to be offered for courses starting in 2009.

    This information is provided for illustration only and you should check with the department directly when applying to confirm module options.


    Typical First Year Modules

    Japanese Language I  40
     
    Japanese Language II  40
     
    Spanish Advanced: Language and Culture I  20
     
    Spanish Advanced: Language and Culture II  20
     
    Typical Second Year Modules

    Contemporary Japanese Society  20
     
    Japanese Language III  20
     
    Japanese Language IV  20
     
    Advanced Spanish Language I  10
     
    Advanced Spanish Language II  10
     
    Business and the Economy of Japan  20
     
    Evolution of the Japanese Language  20
     
    Issues in Modern Japanese History  20
     
    Japan's Minorities  20
     
    Literature and Society in Contemporary Japan  20
     
    Postwar Japanese Politics  20
     
    Cinema, Nation and Identity in the Hispanic World  10
     
    Contemporary Latin America (Cuba)  10
     
    Contemporary Latin America (Mexico)  10
     
    Cuban Culture and the Revolution  10
     
    Further Portuguese: Language and Culture I  10
     
    Further Portuguese: Language and Culture II  10
     
    Hispanic Film and Human Rights  10
     
    Intensive Catalan I  10
     
    Intensive Catalan II  10
     
    Intensive Portuguese I  10
     
    Intensive Portuguese II  10
     
    Linguistic Developments in Modern Spain  10
     
    Narrative Perspectives on Post-Civil War Spain  10
     
    Representations of Latin America  10
     
    Spain and Enlightenment  10
     
    Spanish American 20th-Century Literature I  10
     
    Spanish Language in Business Contexts  10
     
    The Novels of Benito Perez Galdos  10
     
    Troubled Times: Writers and Social Conflict in the Spain of the 1930s  10
     
    Typical Third Year Modules

    Japan Year Abroad  120
     
    Typical Fourth Year Modules

    Japanese Language V  20
     
    Japanese Language VI  20
     
    Spanish as a Subsidiary Subject: Language III  10
     
    Spanish as a Subsidiary Subject: Language IV  10
     
    Dissertation  20
     
    East Asian Dissertation  20
     
    Gendering Japan  20
     
    Japan in the World  20
     
    Readings in Contemporary Japanese Literature  20
     
    Spanish Language Teaching  20
     
    The Japanese Written Language Since 1800  20
     
    The Modern Japanese Novel (In translation)  20
     
    Work and Society in Japan  20
     
    Dissidence and Debate in Early 20th-Century Spain  10
     
    Genesis and Genre: From Novel to Play to Screen: Galdos Today  10
     
    Law and Culture in the Hispanic World  10
     
    Media Ethics in the Hispanic World  10
     
    Modern Peru  10
     
    Modern Uruguayan Narrative  10
     
    Musical Performance and Hispanic Culture  10
     
    Popular Culture and Society in Latin America  10
     
    Sexual Politics in Latin American Fiction  10
     
    The Politics and Fiction of Crisis: 1868 - 1898  10
     
    The Rise of Popular Culture in Latin American Fiction  10
     
    The Spanish-American New Narrative  10
     
    Translation Studies  10
     
    Visual Culture in Spain and Latin America  10
     
    Writers Under Franco  10
     
    Writing in Exile  10

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