Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code T2R2
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Germanic Studies Japanese Studies East Asian Studies

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The Admissions Secretary
School of East Asian Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 8400
Email seas_ughelp@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/seas/undergraduates

School of East Asian Studies

Top 3 for student satisfaction in the UK among Asian Studies departments
National Student Survey 2016

Course description

Complex, unique, endlessly fascinating, Japan embraces modernity and technology while maintaining its rich traditional culture. To truly understand Japan, you have to experience it. You have to immerse yourself in it.

We teach Japanese intensively, from scratch. You will study the phonetic scripts (kana) from the outset, picking up the 2000 Sino-Japanese characters (kanji) over the course of your degree. Other modules cover contemporary Japanese society, literature, politics, economics, gender, modern history, business management and international relations.

Alongside your Japanese studies, you'll develop your written and spoken German and take modules in the culture and society of Germanic countries.

You will spend your third year studying at one of our partner universities in Japan. More than just a chance to put what you've learned into practice, this year is an experience you won't forget.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB typically including a modern foreign language*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB typically including a modern foreign language* + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 33, typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language*
BTEC DDD + typically an appropriate modern foreign language qualification*
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 typically including a modern foreign language*
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB+B typically including a modern foreign language*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB typically including a modern foreign language*
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • *If you are not studying a modern foreign language, the department will consider other evidence of aptitude for language learning (such as a languages GCSE or, for non-native speakers of English, an English language qualification)
  • No prior knowledge of Japanese required; up to A Level Japanese acceptable
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on School of East Asian Studies website

Course information on Department of Germanic Studies website

First year

Core modules:

Japanese language 1A
Japanese language 1B
Japanese language 2A
Japanese language 2B

Optional modules:

Beginners' German I
Beginners' German II
Aufbausprachkurs
German Studies - Aufbaukurs
German Studies - Basiskurs
Grundsprachkurs

Second year

Core modules:

Japanese Language III
Japanese Language IV

Optional modules:

Contemporary Japanese Society
Evolution of the Japanese Language
German Culture and Ideas from the Enlightenment to the Present Day
Germanic Languages in Social Context
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Modern Japanese History
Postwar Japanese Politics
Deutsche Kultur (for Intermediate German)
Deutsche Politik und Medien (for Intermediate German)
Freud's Theory in Literary and Cultural Studies
German Film and Society
German Language (Continuation)
German Language (Foundation)
Germany Remixed: German Pop Culture in Literature and Film since the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Intermediate German Language
Intermediate German Language II
Maternalism and Militarism: 1871-1918
Medien und Oeffentlichkeit
Osterreich heute
Two Revolutions: German Literature of the 1960s and 1970s

Third year

Core modules:

Japan Year Abroad

Fourth year

Core modules:

Japanese Language V
Japanese Language VI
German Core Language

Optional modules:

Contemporary Issues in East Asia
Contrastive Germanic Linguistics
Deutsche Literatur und Gesellschaft im 19. Jahrhundert
East Asian Dissertation
German for Enterprise
Japan in the World
Japanese Popular Culture
Memory and History in East Asia
Modern German Thought
Social Approaches to Multilingualism
The Contemporary Japanese Novel (In Translation)
The GDR: From Utopia to Nostalgia
The Two Koreas and their Neighbours
Twentieth Century Fiction and Drama
War and Peace in East Asia
Work and Society in Japan
German Translation
Presenting and Debating in German

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 40%
Independent study 60%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 57%
Coursework 30%
Practical 14%

School of East Asian Studies

Our courses are designed to immerse you in the languages and cultures of East Asian countries. You will be taught by native speakers in Chinese, Japanese and Korean in regular small group classes using custom made course material. To enhance your learning, we also make use of our modern virtual language lab, which enables you to learn using visual and audio aids.

Our courses are based on world-leading research and taught by experts whose work influences policy and informs public debate. Most of our staff publish in their specialist fields. Many of them have written books for major publishers such as Oxford University Press, Routledge and Macmillan.

School of East Asian Studies website

Department of Germanic Studies

Jessop West building

We teach an unusually wide range of subjects because we want you to graduate with a sophisticated understanding of German language, culture and society.

All our academic staff are prominent researchers in their specialist fields. Their energy and their commitment to teaching make this multilingual department a lively place to study.

The student-run Deutscher Verein and Nederlandse Vereniging societies organise regular social events celebrating German and Dutch culture.

Department of Germanic Studies website


What our graduates do

Studying Japan, China or Korea prepares our graduates for a career in the world's most dynamic region. There are also many opportunities across Europe for people with skills in Asian languages and cultures.

Our graduates work in government and diplomacy, media and the arts, non-government organisations and international business - in professions as diverse as management consultancy, accountancy, marketing, research, language teaching and translation.

Student profile


Meredith Graham - BA Japanese Studies

"I've achieved so much in such a short space of time and I'm loving every week of it. The lecturers make every lesson entertaining and fun and have an obvious passion for teaching us Japanese."

Meredith Graham ,
Undergraduate

As part of this degree you'll spend a year studying in Japan at one of our partner institutions located across the breadth of the country, from Hokkaido in the snowy north to Okinawa in the tropical south. There are over twenty possible destinations, including elite public and private universities, as well as prominent regional institutions.

During your year in Japan you'll immerse yourself in this fascinating country. You'll continue to take intensive Japanese language courses as well as choosing from a range of other modules taught in English or Japanese.

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