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Undergraduate course

Japanese, Intercultural and Contemporary Communication BA (Hons)

Immerse yourself in our multilingual world by learning Japanese and exploring how language is shaped by culture and identity.

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You will gain the skills you need to work in Japan or an international professional context. It is a 4 year degree that includes a year in Japan. We have designed the programme to give you an understanding of the Japanese language and culture. Learning to communicate interculturally is a key focus of this course. We want you to gain insight into different sociocultural language practices and how we use language.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – T2X5
  • Duration – 4 years full time including a year abroad
  • Start date – September 2020
  • 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

The York St John Experience

Course overview

This programme is suitable if you are a beginner, or have prior knowledge of Japanese. We will place you at an appropriate level. By the end of the programme, you will have gained the ability to have conversations and discussions in Japanese. You will be able to give presentations and write coherently. Learn to be 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 with a year studying abroad in Japan. 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 Intercultural and Contemporary Communications side of your degree. While you study abroad, you will also be required to take a distance learning work placement module. 

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 English Language and Linguistics

Japanese and Intercultural Communication

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
  • 1 Optional module and 2 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

This module will examine complex ideas and theories about Deaf cultures and how Deaf people perceive their place in the world. You will study the tensions between Deafhood philosophies and the perception of deafness as a disability. We will also look at different deaf communities around the world.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

On this module, you will address the worlds 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

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

In your second year with us, you will take:

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

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

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. Not all modules may run every year.

Modules

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.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

Build on your skills from the first semester as you learn Japanese through a range of tasks. Learn Japanese through 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

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

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

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.

Study abroad year

Whilst 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 English Language and Linguistics side of your degree.

You are expected to fully engage with the tuition and assessment, but your grades will not be converted to York St John credits. You will take a distance-learning work placement module during your year abroad.

Year 4

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

In your final year with us, you will take:

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

You can find 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

Compulsory 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

Compulsory 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 will 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. You will receive one to one support from a designated dissertation tutor throughout the 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 and contemporary 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 and contemporary 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 are equivalent to those above.

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.

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 will depend on whether you're a UK and EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

UK and EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to our Foundation, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and undergraduate Health degrees is £9,250 per year for full time UK, EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Your fees are likely to be reduced for your study abroad year. For UK/EU students there is currently an 85% fee reduction for a full-year abroad, and an Erasmus monthly grant for study in EU countries.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Find out more about funding for Foundation or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

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 our Foundation, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and undergraduate Health degrees is £12,750 per year for international (non-EU) students.

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

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

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

Whilst 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

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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