Undergraduate course structure - Single Honours

Our undergraduate degrees are flexible allowing you to choose topics which interest you relating to China, Japan, Korea or the East Asia region.

If you are studying one of our Single Honours, or 'with Japanese' courses, you will study language and studies modules with us.

If you study a Dual Honours course with us such as Chinese Studies and Business Management you will study Chinese language modules with us and modules from the Sheffield University Business School.

Our language modules cover reading, writing, speaking and listening along with specialist skills in C.V writing and conducting job interviews in your chosen language of study. Find out more about how we teach language here.

Our studies modules cover the history, culture, politics, society and economy of China, Japan and Korea. Detailed information about each of our studies modules can be found here

Below you can see the course structure for each of our Single Honours courses. 

BA Japanese Studies

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Exploring East Asia
  • Japanese Language 1A
  • Japanese Language 1B
  • Japanese Language 2A
  • Japanese Language 2B 


Optional Modules
You will take one of the following modules plus one unrestricted module of their choice. 

  • Understanding Japan 1 
  • Understanding Japan 2 
Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Japanese Language 3A 
Japanese Language 3B
Japanese Language 4A
Japanese Language 4B
 

Optional Modules
You will take one of the following modules

  • Mass Culture and Digital Society in East Asia
  • Gender and Identities in East Asia

Plus, two modules from the following group

  • East Asian Cinema
  • Postwar Japanese Politics 
  • Contemporary Japanese Society
  • Modern Japanese History 
  • Experiencing 'Japan' through Literary Texts Environment and Development of the Japanese Islands
  • Evolution of the Japanese Language
Year 3

Year Abroad in Japan

Year 4

Compulsory Modules

  • Japanese Language 5
  • Japanese Language 6
  • East Asian Dissertation 

Optional Modules
You will take one of the following reseach modules followed by its research project counterpart

  • Researching Japan 1
  • Researching Japan 2 
     
  • Japan Research Project 1
  • Japan Research Project 2

BA Chinese Studies

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Exploring East Asia
  • Chinese Language 1A
  • Chinese Language 1B
  • Chinese Language 2A
  • Chinese Language 2B 


Optional Modules
You will take one of the following modules plus one unrestricted module of their choice. 

  • Understanding China 1 
  • Understanding China 2 
Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Chinese Language 3A 
Chinese Language 3B
Chinese Language 4A
Chinese Language 4B
 

Optional Modules
You will take one of the following modules

  • Mass Culture and Digital Society in East Asia
  • Gender and Identities in East Asia

Plus, one module from the following group and one unrestricted module of your choice. 

  • Chinese Business and Management
  • Urbanisation in China 
  • Modern Chinese History: Beyond Revolution
  • Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society
Year 3

Year Abroad in China

Year 4

Compulsory Modules

  • Chinese Language 5
  • Chinese Language 6
  • East Asian Dissertation 

Optional Modules
You will take one of the following reseach modules followed by its research project counterpart

  • Researching China 1
  • Researching China 2 
     
  • China Research Project 1
  • China Research Project 2

BA Korean Studies

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Exploring East Asia
  • Korean Language 1A
  • Korean Language 1B
  • Korean Language 2A
  • Korean Language 2B 


Optional Modules
You will take one of the following modules plus one unrestricted module of their choice. 

  • Understanding Korea 1 
  • Understanding Korea 2 
Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Korean Language 3A 
Korean Language 3B
Korean Language 4A
Korean Language 4B
 

Optional Modules
You will take one of the following modules

  • Mass Culture and Digital Society in East Asia
  • Gender and Identities in East Asia

Plus, one module from the following group and one unrestricted module of your choice. 

  • Understanding Contemporary North Korea
  • Contemporary Korean Society
  • History of Korean Popular Music
Year 3

Year Abroad in Korea

Year 4

Compulsory Modules

  • Korean Language 5
  • Korean Language 6
  • East Asian Dissertation 

Optional Modules
You will take one of the following reseach modules followed by its research project counterpart

  • Researching Korea 1
  • Researching Korea 2 
     
  • Korea Research Project 1
  • Korea Research Project 2

BA East Asian Studies

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Exploring East Asia 

Optional Modules
You will take 4 of the following modules

  • Understanding China 1 
  • Understanding China 2
  • Understanding Japan 1 
  • Understanding Japan 2
  • Understanding Korea 1 
  • Understanding Korea 2

Plus, two of the followong modules and one unrestricted module of your choice.

  • Japanese for Non-Specialists 1
  • Japanese for Non-Specialists 2
  • Chinese for Non-Specialists 1
  • Chinese for Non-Specialists 2
  • Korean for Non-Specialists 1
  • Korean for Non-Specialists 2
Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • East Asian Fieldwork
  • Mass Culture and Digital Society in East Asia
  • Gender and Identities in East Asia

Optional Modules
You will take one of the following modules plus two unrestriced modules of your choice

  • East Asian Cinema
  • Chinese Business and Management
  • Urbanisation in China
  • Modern Chinese History: Beyond Revolution
  • Postwar Japanese Politics
  • Contemporary Japanese Society
  • Modern Japanese History
  • Understanding Contemporary North Korea
  • Contemporary Korean Society
  • Experiencing 'Japan' through Literary Texts
  • Environment and Development of the Japanese Islands
  • History of Korean Popular Music
  • Mass Culture and Digital Society in East Asia 
  • ender and Identities in East Asia
  • Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture
Year 3

Compulsory Module

  • East Asian Dissertation

Optional Modules
You will take two of the following reseach modules followed by their research project counterparts or 1 unrestricted module of your choice.

  • Researching China 1
  • Researching China 2 
  • Researching Japan 1
  • Researching Japan 2
  • Researching Korea 1 
  • Researching Korea 2
     
  • China Research Project 1
  • China Research Project 2
  • Japan Research Project 1
  • Japan Research Project 2
  • Korea Research Project 1
  • Korea Research Project 2

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is 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.

Information last updated: 6 August 2020


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