BA Politics and Japanese / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
Our BA Politics and Japanese course will enable you to explore world politics and gain an intercultural perspective that is increasingly at a premium in today's context of globalised studies and career paths.
Delivered jointly by the School of Social Sciences and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, this course will offer flexibility through a combination of core and optional politics course units, as well as units in your chosen language and culture.
Language study offers much more than just language fluency. You'll explore diverse aspects of the culture, society, history, politics and literature of Japan, helping you to develop intercultural awareness and communication skills - both highly valued by employers.
You'll benefit from excellent teaching, student support and cutting-edge study facilities, as well as from the vibrancy and cultural diversity of Manchester itself, Western Europe's most multilingual city.
With placement options available at partner universities across Japan, a compulsory third year abroad gives our undergraduate students unforgettable and invaluable personal and professional experience.
- Develop strong analytical skills and an informed understanding of key areas of global politics, including European/international politics, international relations, global security and international development.
- Develop the linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to allow you to access and engage fully with political, historical and cultural issues in your chosen language.
- Offer a truly intercultural perspective on your studies and future career, facilitated by the possibility of studying a second language - either as a beginner or at a more advanced level - across your degree.
You can study for up to a year in Japan to improve your communicative language skills in a native-speaker environment.
Palaver Festival , a collaboration with the neighbouring Contact Theatre, offers you the opportunity to explore links between language and performance across a range of genres including literature, theatre, dance and more.
Collaborations and partnerships
The University has links with language and cultural institutions across the city, including:
- Instituto Cervantes - a centre for Spanish culture
- HOME - international and contemporary art, theatre and film
- Alliance Française - home of French language and culture.
The University is home to over 30 international and language-related student societies offering a breadth of cultural activities and experiences.
Teaching and learning
You'll learn through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials, spending approximately 12 hours a week in formal study sessions.
For every hour of university study, you will be expected to complete a further 2-3 hours of independent study. You will also need to study during the holiday periods.
The individual study component could be spent reading, producing written work, revising for examinations or working in the University's Language Centre.
Coursework and assessment
You will be assessed in various ways, including:
- written and oral examinations;
- coursework (which may include library research, linguistic fieldwork and data collection, or web-based research);
- in your final year, a dissertation based on a research topic of your choice.
Assessment methods vary from course unit to course unit - see individual course unit listings for more information.
Course content for year 1
In year one you will study:
Core Politics units (40 credits):
- Introduction to International Politics
- Introduction to Comparative Politics
Sample optional units include (20 credits):
- Introduction to Political Theory
- Politics of the Global Economy
- Power and the State
- Making Sense of Politics
Study an additional 60 credits of language and culture courses in your modern language subject.
Course content for year 2
In year two you will choose from a selection of Politics units (60 credits). Options include:
- Questions about International Politics
- The Politics of Globalisation
- The Politics of Development
- Ideals of Social Justice
- The Politics of (In)Security
- Challenges for Democratic Politics
- What is Europe?
- Environment Politics
- Chinese Politics Today
- The Politics of Policy Making
Study an additional 60 credits of language and culture course units in your modern language subject.
Course content for year 3
Your third year of study will be completed in a host University in Japan. You will have the opportunity to gain advanced language skills and an in-depth knowledge of Japanese culture.
Course content for year 4
In year four you will choose from a selection of Politics units (60 credits). Options include:
- Politics of the European Union
- Africa and Global Politics
- Terrorism and Political Violence
- Comparative Protest Politics
- War Memories and Reconciliation in East Asia
- Borders, Identities and Citizenship
- News Media and International Crisis
- Peace Building
- Gender, Sex and Politics
- Children, Family and Social Justice
You will also study an additional 60 credits of language and culture courses in your modern language subject.
Course units for year 4
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Japanese Language 9||JAPA51090||20||Mandatory|
|Core Themes in Animation and Visual Culture of Postwar Japan||JAPA20131||20||Optional|
|Advanced Readings in Japanese||JAPA32000||20||Optional|
|Bodies, Sex and Gender in Japan||JAPA33071||20||Optional|
|The Politics of the European Union||POLI30031||20||Optional|
|Investigating British Politics Through Experiments||POLI30182||20||Optional|
|The Politics and Philosophy of Nationalism||POLI30192||20||Optional|
|Gender, Sex and Politics||POLI30231||20||Optional|
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The University Language Centre is home to language resources, including a new interpreting suite, purpose-built recording rooms and resources for over 70 languages.
The Centre also offers multilingual word processing, language learning software, off-air recording and AV duplication, multilingual terrestrial and satellite TV, and extensive support and advice for learners.
Learn more on the Facilities page.