SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The joint degree in Japanese aims to provide the student with the highest level of competence in all aspects of the written and spoken language, and with high level of competence in their second subject. Japanese can be combined with a range of disciplines.

Course Modules

Japanese All years: J1 (elementary Japanese); aspects of Japanese culture 1; aspects of Japanese culture 2; J1 (accelerated elementary Japanese); aspects of Japanese culture 1; aspects of Japanese culture 2; issues in post'war Japanese society; introduction to the study of language learning 1; introduction to the study of language learning 2; survey of modern Japanese literature in translation; J2 (Japanese); survey of pre'modern Japanese literature in translation; introduction to pre'modern Japanese language; independent study project in Japanese language and culture; advanced practical Japanese; memory and militarism on Japanese television; JIV(B)i readings in Japanese history; JIV(B)ii readings in Japanese intellectual history; readings in modern Japanese literature; readings in pre'modern Japanese literature; the structure of Japanese 1; survey of modern Japanese literature in translation; issues in post'war Japanese society 1; issues in post'war Japanese society 2; the structure of Japanese 1; the structure of Japanese 2; Japanese cinema (a critical survey); introduction to the study of language learning 1; introduction to the study of language learning 2. History All years: modules include: approaches to history; further introductory histories; regional history; introduction to the history of Africa; introduction to the history of East Asia; introduction to the history of the Near and Middle East; introduction to the history of South Asia; introduction to the history of South East Asia; culture and identity in modern South Asia; Gandhi and Gandhiism; the Middle East in the period of the Crusades, 1050'1291; cities of paradise and empire, Turks, Mongols and Mamluks 1054'1500; the making of the modern Middle East; Islamic reformism in South East Asia 1760'196; Islamic reformism in South East Asia 1760'1960; South East Asia during the Cold War 1945'1991; society and culture in 20th'century Africa; gender, sex and identity in Africa; race, class and culture in the history of Southern Africa; Atlantic slavery and its legacies: Western Africa 1500'2000; society, environment and state in the history of China; history of gender in China; modern Japan; modern China; Manchu society and culture: an alternative history of China (1600'1997); traders, believers, rebels: a social history of Islam in China (650'2008); Nehru and India's modernity, 1936'64; body, power and society in Early India; histories of partition: India and Palestine; reform, resistance and revolution: the Ottoman Empire 1876'1909; history of Iran: Qajars to the Islamic Republic; rulers, rebels and scholars in Early Islam, 600'1200; the creation of modern Burma 1852'1941; violence, identity and politics in modern East and North East Africa; Asante, the Gold Coast and the British, 1807'1935; opium and empires, 1773 to 1919: China, India and Britain; the First World War in the Middle East and Jerusalem; city and country in modern Japan; Christianity in China (1600'1949); independent study project (Asian and African history).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 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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