Undergraduate Course: Japanese Studies on the Year Abroad (ASST09004)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
|Course type||Year Abroad
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This 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.
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.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||2* 3000 word essays
||Students will receive formative feedback on essay plans.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Recall and describe the chronology and key events related to their chosen topics.
- Critically assess the literature on a given topic in Japanese Studies.
- Conduct independent research with periodic guidance from Japanese Studies staff.
- Use primary sources in Japanese to answer essay questions.
|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.|
|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.
|Course organiser||Dr Christopher Perkins
Tel: (0131 6)50 4174
|Course secretary||Ms Anne Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167