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Undergraduate course

Japanese & Intercultural Communication BA (Hons)

Want to learn about language, culture and experience life in Japan, whilst learning Japanese?

White lanterns with Japanese script on them. The sun is streaming through the lanterns.

Gain the skills you need to work in Japan or an international professional context. This 3 year degree includes a study abroad element and you can choose to study in Japan for 1 semester or a full year. We have designed this programme to provide you with the Japanese communication skills needed to adapt to life in Japan. You will also investigate how language choices can express identities and cultural views.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – T2X4
  • Duration – 3 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – Languages & Linguistics

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

Discover why York St John is The One

Course overview

This programme is suitable if you are a beginner in Japanese, or have prior experience with the language. We will place you at an appropriate level when you arrive. By the end of the programme, you will have gained the ability to have conversations and discussions in Japanese. You will develop the ability to give presentations and write coherently in the language. Learn to use Japanese for academic, social and professional purposes, reaching upper B2/C1 level on the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR).

We have designed this programme to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to work in Japan. On this course, you will gain both theoretical expertise and experience in intercultural communication. Explore how language relates to speakers' intentions and purposes in social interaction and examine the way language choices can express identities and cultural values.

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture by studying abroad in Japan for either a semester, or a full year. While studying abroad, you will take Japanese language classes at your host university. You will also take courses, either taught in English or in Japanese, that are relevant to the TESOL side of your degree. 

This programme is part of a suite of Japanese programmes. Not sure which one to choose? Take a look at our other programmes:

Japanese and Intercultural and Contemporary Communication

Japanese, English Language and Linguistics 

Japanese and TESOL 

Japanese, TESOL and Linguistics

Language and Communication Studies

Course structure

Year 1 

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. This programme can only be studied full time.

In your first year with us, you will take:

  • 1 optional module and 2 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2.

You can find out out more by viewing our Programme Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Optional module

If you have no prior knowledge of the Japanese language, this is the module you will take. With a focus on practical communication skills and self-expression the course covers the language needed to communicate in Japanese on routine and familiar topics.

Credits: 20

Optional module

If you have studied Japanese before, this is the module you will take. It is designed to build on your previous knowledge. With a focus on self-expression, narrative and description the course covers the language needed to communicate socially in Japanese.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module explores key aspects of language variation and the relationship between language and society. You will learn about language as a social phenomenon and explore how social and cultural contexts play a role in language variation.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module introduces you to the discipline of applied linguistics and to controversies in its definition, scope and relationship to linguistics and language teaching. The module will prepare you for any tutoring you may do in your second year and beyond.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Build on your knowledge from semester one and improve your confidence in Japanese. Successful students will be able to read and understand written texts and express themselves on everyday matters both orally and in writing.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Build on your knowledge from semester one and further improve your confidence in Japanese. Successful students will be able to read and understand written texts and be able to express a wide range of ideas both orally and in writing.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Incorporating examples and case studies from around the world, this module prepares you to understand ‘culture’ beyond the essentialist stereotyping. You will reflect on and improve your own communication skills, while gaining theoretical knowledge in the area of intercultural communication.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module, you will address the world's linguistic diversity and variation. The module situates the English language within the context of our multilingual world. You will consider Language variation and multilingualism from linguistic, psychological, sociocultural and educational perspectives.

Year 2 

This year you will complete your study abroad element. Study in Japan and enhance your cultural knowledge and experience. Choose whether you study in Japan for a whole year or 1 semester. 

If you choose to study abroad in semester 1, you will come back to York in semester 2 and study:

  • Japanese Language and Society 2
  • Language at Work
  • 1 optional module.  

If you choose to study abroad in semester two, you will study the following modules before you go:

  • Japanese Language and Society 1
  • Language at Work (distance)
  • 1 optional module. 

If you choose to study abroad for the whole year, you will take classes with your host institution equal to 100 credits. You will then also take our Language at Work module while you are away.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Programme Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Learn Japanese through engaging activities which cover a range of Japan-related topics. We will guide you as you learn to describe experiences and events in Japanese both through speech, and writing.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will learn how to analyse language as forensic evidence across different crime scenarios. Using case studies, you will examine where forensic linguistics has played a key role in making convictions and overturning miscarriages of justice.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module, you will develop the ability to apply your linguistic knowledge to literacy acquisition. You will examine how oral language development feeds into reading and writing development. We will teach you how to analyse reading and writing performance at various stages of literacy development.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module will help you develop your awareness of the sociocultural dimensions of language in use. You will investigate issues which make a difference to the way language is used in various aspects of everyday social life. Consider “user factors” by looking at who is involved in the language use and explore “situational factors” like where when and why the language is used. This module will provide you with theoretical constructs, methodological procedures, analytical tools and research skills that you can use in your other modules, and your dissertation.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module, you will consider relevant issues and practices within the workplace. Explore the communication demands on the work-seeker within contemporary society and Embark on a 10 day work experience.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

You will learn Japanese through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to Japan. You will develop a critical understanding of aspects of Japanese cultures, communities and societies.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Develop advanced skills in reading and analysing texts. You will explore how to apply genre, ideology structure, critical reading and discourse when reading. Your broad linguistic perspective will provide insights into how we create and debate meaning in texts.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Language, gender and sexuality is a diverse and often controversial field. It gives rise to varying and sometimes contradictory theories. This module will provide you with a grounding in the main areas of feminist and queer linguistic enquiry. The module aims to empower you to argue for your own position and to give you the grounding to develop your own work and ideas.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module builds on the key concepts introduced in your first year. You will address the development, structure and use of international varieties of English. Trace the origins and history of the language to its current role as a global language and gain a theoretical framework for the dissertation module in your final year.

Year 3

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. This programme can only be studied full time.

In your final year will us, you will take:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 1 compulsory module and a 40 credit dissertation module in semester 2.

You can find out out more by viewing our Programme Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Classes are content-based so you will communicate in Japanese to discuss a range of topics. At the end of the module you will be able to communicate in Japanese, both orally and in writing, for a range of purposes.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will examine publicly held views of language covering topics such as Standard English and correctness. With reference to education you will investigate the social, political and ideological issues associated with these views.

Credits: 20

Compuslory module

This module explores how language can function as an indicator of a range of social and cultural identities. You will examine how language plays an active role in constructing identities. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, you will analyse the relationship between language, identity and culture.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Building on your knowledge from semester one, you will communicate in Japanese to discuss a range of topics. At the end of the module you'll be able to communicate in Japanese, both orally and in writing, for a range of purposes.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

Carry out independent research on a topic of your choice. One-to-one tutorials with a designated dissertation tutor will support you through this module. This is your opportunity to bring all your learning together into an extended piece of work.

Teaching and assessment

We deliver our Japanese classes in small groups of up to 25 students. Lectures, workshops and seminars make up the delivery of our intercultural communication modules. Seminar groups have up to 30 students.

In first, second and fourth year, you will take three modules per semester. Each has 2 to 4 hours of contact time. We schedule our taught sessions between 9.00am and 8.00pm, Monday to Friday. While you are studying in Japan you are likely to have more contact time. Details will depend on the university you are studying at.

In addition to taught sessions you will have academic tutorials throughout the semester. You can set up tutorials with your module tutors, and you will be able to attend events such as the Colloquium LecturesYou will also be expected to conduct independent study outside of contact time.

For your Japanese modules, assessment methods include oral exams, videos, class tests and written work. The assessment for intercultural communication modules varies from module to module. Assessment methods include:

  • Blog posts
  • Data analysis
  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Peer reviews
  • Presentations
  • Research proposals
  • Reports.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

This programme is not suitable if:

  • Japanese is your first language
  • You have an A level in Japanese
  • You have B1 level or above of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) in Japanese.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK & EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry onto this course is £9,250 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

International (non-EU) 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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