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).