BA East Asian Studies

Year of entry: 2018
UCAS Code:
T300
Entry Requirements: ABB at A level (or equivelent)
Duration: 3 years

Course overview

The University of Sheffield is uniquely qualified to offer you a course on East Asia, as we are the only major University outside London that has expertise on all three key countries of the region - China, Japan and Korea. We have developed our East Asian Studies degree to allow students to gain a broad range of expertise across the whole region, complementing our other single-honours degrees, which focus on the language and society of one of the major countries.

Flexibility
This course is highly flexible and allows you to choose from a variety of modules covering East Asia as a whole, or focusing on a particular East Asian country (China, Japan or Korea) in each of its three years. This allows you to tailor your degree to your own interests and strengths.

Our modules cover topics including politics, history, economics, culture, society, business and all relate specifically to the East Asia region.

Don’t forget, as part of this degree you also have the option to take language classes in Chinese, Japanese and/or Korean in all three years of your course. If you chose to take this option your language study will be less intense than that of students on our Chinese, Japanese and Korean Studies degrees meaning you have more time in your schedule to focus on the history, culture and politics of East Asia.
Find out more about learning a language as part of your degree.

Year 1

In your first year, you will take a core module in East Asian Studies to enable you to understand the regional context and the links - geographical, historical, cultural, social and political - between the East Asian states; and a choice of modules on the Critical Analysis of texts about East Asia, to enable you to interpret and utilise scholars' writings about East Asia.

Year 2

In your second year, you will be able to choose from a range of modules with a focus on the disciplinary study of East Asia, to enable you to understand the different approaches taken to the region by historians, political scientists, and sociologists, among others. Whilst this degree does not have a core language component you will have the option to take non-specialist language modules in Chinese, Japanese or Korean if you wish. This degree is highly flexible and offers you a range of options which you can tailor to your own interests and career aspirations.

Year 3

In your final year, you will be able to choose from a wide range of specialised research seminar modules, to enable you to join your lecturers in the most up-to-date study of East Asia. This will support an important component of your degree will be a dissertation on a topic of your choice relating to one or more East Asian countries. You will work on the dissertation over the course of the year with a supervisor from the department, using the analytical skills you have developed through your studies in earlier years to produce a high-quality piece of research.

Examples of past dissertation topics

  • International relations in East Asia
  • Gender and sexuality in East Asia
  • The portrayal of North Korea in western media

Melissa WebbMelissa Webb
BA East Asian Studies

"I love the diversity of the modules offered: politics, culture, languages, history, business- there are some brilliant options to choose from. The flexibility of East Asian Studies is part of what makes it such a good course."

Read more about Melissa's experience

East Asian Studies degrees
Title UCAS Code Duration
BA East Asian Studies T300 Three years
BA Music and East Asian Studies WT34 Three years

Courses for 2018 entry
We are currently conducting a review of our undergraduate teaching to ensure we provide the best possible experience and learning environment for our students. This is a normal process carried out every few years to enable the department to improve the content and structure of its teaching in the light of new staff expertise, new developments in our areas of study, and new developments in assessment and feedback. The new curriculum is not finalised yet, but is due to be introduced in academic year 2018-19. Module information will be updated on individual course pages as soon as possible.