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Undergraduate Course: Japanese Studies on the Year Abroad (ASST09004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
Course typeYear Abroad AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces more advanced Japanese Studies topics to third year students on their year abroad in Japan. Students will work with selected readings and primary materials related to content courses in year four to produce two pieces of honours level written work.
Course description The year abroad is wonderful for your Japanese, but due to the focus on language your essay writing skills tend to suffer. Furthermore, when you return to Edinburgh we require you to take a range of Japanese Studies content courses that demand a high level of engagement with advanced readings and primary sources. This course is designed to prepare you for advanced study of Japan.
Each semester you will complete an essay pack related to one of the content courses in fourth year. The pack will contain a question, readings, and the primary sources needed to answer the question fully. On completion of the course you will have a clear understanding of the standards expected of you in fourth year, and will have received the feedback necessary to reach those standards. You will have also exercised those much-needed English writing skills, and will be able to hit the ground running on your return to Edinburgh.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Japanese Language 2 (ASST08047) OR Intermediate Japanese Language (ASST08048)) AND Researching Japan: Skills, Methods and Critiques (ASST08049)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must have been admitted to Japanese Honours
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 2* 3000 word essays
Feedback Students will receive formative feedback on essay plans.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Recall and describe the chronology and key events related to their chosen topics.
  2. Critically assess the literature on a given topic in Japanese Studies.
  3. Conduct independent research with periodic guidance from Japanese Studies staff.
  4. Use primary sources in Japanese to answer essay questions.
Learning Resources
Students will be supplied with a range of essay packs containing four articles and one piece of primary evidence each. Students will be expected to supplement the reading packs with four additional sources, which may contain primary resources.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry: Problem solving; analytical thinking; critical thinking; knowledge integration and application; handling complexity and ambiguity.

Personal and intellectual autonomy: Self-awareness and reflection; independent learning and development; creative and inventive thinking.

Personal effectiveness: Planning, organising and time management; assertiveness and confidence; flexibility.

Communication: Verbal and written communication.
KeywordsJapanese Studies
Course organiserDr Abigail MacBain
Tel: (0131 6)51 1358
Course secretaryMiss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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