Degree Aims

Programmes of study offered by the School of East Asian Studies will:

  • provide sound training in the use of East Asian languages, both written and spoken (language based degrees only);
  • provide opportunities to study human activity in East Asia, including its political, economic and cultural aspects, in the past as well as in the present;
  • develop an ability critically to assess the theories and evidence offered in the literature;
  • develop the ability to formulate arguments, whether historical, literary, social, political or economic and provide appropriate evidence, including quantitative and/or visual evidence in support of them;
  • provide opportunities to complete under guidance a sustained piece of independent research and writing (Single Honours degrees, Chinese Studies with Japanese and Korean Studies with Japanese).

Level One Objectives

  • to acquire basic language skills (language based degrees only);
  • to gain introductory knowledge on one or more East Asian countries;
  • to develop the ability to analyse secondary literature and some primary sources in order to write cogently and critically about topics in the study of East Asia.

Year Abroad Objectives

  • to consolidate acquired language skills by means of intensive language tuition in East Asian countries (language based degrees only).

Level Two Objectives

  • to develop further language skills (language based degrees only);
  • to develop oral or written presentation skills in course work;
  • to introduce further theoretical perspectives in the study of East Asian countries and deepen understanding of their history, politics, economies and societies.

Level Three Objectives

  • to refine advanced language (language based degrees only) and other skills;
  • to extend specialised, theoretically-informed knowledge of East Asian countries and societies;
  • to undertake, under guidance, an extensive piece of independent research and to write a dissertation based on that research (Single Honours degrees Chinese Studies with Japanese and Korean Studies with Japanese).