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: All years: 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. History of art and archaeology: All years: modules include: theories and methods in the study of Asian and African art; introduction to the art and archaeology of Africa; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of East Asia; African Art 2: West Africa and the Atlantic world; history, historiography and the visual arts; archaeology of Early Imperial China; architecture of Tibet and the Himalayas; art and archaeology essay on an approved topic; art and archaeology of Ancient China; arts of Tibet; Buddhist arts of Korea; Chinese art and modernity; contemporary arts in South East Asia; contemporary Korean arts in East Asia; independent study project in history of art/archaeology; introduction to the art and archaeology of Africa; introduction to the art and archaeology of East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of South and South East Asia; introduction to the art and archaeology of the Near and Middle East; Japanese art; mosaics, manuscripts, and wall painting in Islamic art; selected sites in Asian and African art and archaeology; temple, city and empire in South India 1300'1800; the sources of Islamic art and architecture; theory and method in the study of Asian and African art; traditional art and modern South Asia.

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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