This course combines the intensive study of spoken and written Japanese to an advanced level and the study of Japanese history, religion, literature, society, politics and international relations. Papers in Classical Japanese and classical Japanese culture are also offered. The course is four years long and all students continuing to Part II are required to spend at least eight months in Japan in their third year. Part II student dissertations, based mainly on Japanese sources, are due in Easter Term of the fourth year.
The first year is devoted to an interdisciplinary introduction to Japan and East Asia, providing both a far-ranging historical overview as well as a broadly defined cultural framework intended to give you a foretaste of the more methodologically distinct approaches that we introduce in the second year. This part of the first year course is deliberately wide-ranging, covering the East Asian region. Much of the first year is also taken up in laying a firm foundation for the detailed study of modern spoken and written Japanese which continues throughout the four years. The Faculty offers the opportunity for a brief summer visit to Japan in between the first and second year for those students who have never been.
In the second year, there is flexibility to focus study in a particular direction. There is a choice from four specialised courses dealing with politics, sociology, literature and culture, and classical Japanese. Intensive language training continues throughout this year.
Study Period Abroad
The final year involves further advanced-level language work, a special paper in a field of your interest, and the writing of the dissertation in close consultation with your supervisor.
Study Period Abroad
Part II Japanese Studies (whole subject) students must spend a period of at least 8 months in Japan in their third year. At present this is arranged with Doshisha University.
Japanese Studies MPhil (thesis only)
Japanese Studies PhD