SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This is a three'years degree taught entirely at SOAS (it does not include a year of study in Japan), and requires less intensive study of the Japanese language than the BA Japanese ' a smaller number of language classes can be taken at various levels of proficiency from pure beginner to very advanced. The degree provides wide'ranging coverage of disciplines taught by specialists in the Japan section.

Course Modules

Japanese studies Modules include: Aspects of Japanese culture 1; aspects of Japanese culture 2; survey of pre'modern Japanese literature in translation; survey of modern Japanese literature in translation; independent project in Japanese studies; basic Japanese; intermediate Japanese; introduction to pre'modern Japanese language; readings in Japanese history; readings in Japanese intellectual history; advanced practical Japanese; readings in pre'modern Japanese literature; readings in modern Japanese literature; introduction to pre'modern Japanese language; Japanese art; survey of modern Japanese literature in translation; introduction to the history of East Asia; Buddhism: foundation; religions of East and Central Asia; issues in Post'War Japanese society 1; issues in Post'War Japanese society 2; extended essay (Japanese language and culture) 1; ethnography of a selected region (Japan); city and country in modern Japan; Japanese religion: a historical overview; themes in Japanese religions; representing religion in Japanese films; economic development of Japan since 1868; extended essay (Japanese language and culture) 2; memory and militarism on Japanese TV; readings in modern Japanese literature; readings in pre'modern Japanese literature; introduction to the study of language learning; the structure of Japanese. Study of religions Modules include: Introduction to the study of religions; Buddhism: foundation; Christianity: foundation; Hinduism: foundation; Judaism: foundation; religions of East and Central Asia; religions of Africa; introduction to Islam; introduction to Jainism; advanced theory in the study of religions; Buddhism in Central Asia; Buddhism in pre'Modern China; Buddhist legends: readings in Avadana literature; Buddhist monasticism; conflict in compliance: about the lives of Buddhist monks in Ancient India; contemporary Islamism in South Asia: readings in Sayyid Abu l'A'la Mawdudi; critical theory and the study of religions; daily life of Jews in Antiquity; death and the meaning of life; Eastern Christianity; independent study project in the study of religions; intermediate Pali; Islam in Britain; Japanese religion: a historical overview; Jewish identity from Ancient to Modern times; Mahayana Buddhism; martyrs and monks in Eastern Christian writings; Messianic movements in Islamic history; Middle Persian; minority religions in the contemporary Middle East; Mysticism in the great traditions; myth and mythmaking; non'violence in Jain scriptures; philosophy and law; Orthodox Christianity; readings in Mahayana Sutra literature; religion and gender; religious philosophies of Ancient and Medieval India; representations of the Holocaust; Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism; Shan Buddhism; Shi'a Islam: religious authority and community identity; Syriac for beginners; Taoism and Chinese religions; Taoism: the great tradition; textual sources of Classical Hinduism; the Bible and its interpretation in Ancient Judaism; the role and representation of women in Judaism; themes in Japanese religions; Theravada Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhist texts from Central Asia; translation of Buddhist texts; Vedic Sanskrit; Zoroastrian literature in translation; Zoroastrianism in the Ancient and Modern Worlds.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • Course specific

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