Japanese and Philosophy BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: TV25
Start date: September 2018
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer: AAB
(specific subjects required)
UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: No
Japan is an important player on the world stage. This degree will combine core and optional modules so you can learn Japanese from scratch, as well as gaining an insight into the culture, history and politics of Japan and East Asia as a whole. Youll spend a year studying at a Japanese university to improve your skills, as well as studying topics from translation to Japanese cinema, Sino-Japanese relations and East Asian religions. This course is only open to non-native Japanese speakers.
Whats the difference between belief and knowledge? Why are we here? How do we know what we know and can we ever know anything at all? Philosophy at Leeds explores fundamental questions about how we understand the world. Through core and optional modules youll learn how to construct arguments and study key topics such as ethics and logic, as well as specialist knowledge in topics from ancient and moral philosophy to the ethics of life and death, philosophy of language or aesthetics.Back to top
Core modules in your first year will develop your Japanese skills. Youll also choose from optional modules on Japanese and East Asian culture and history. This will prepare you to study in Japan the following year, where youll build your language skills and gain first-hand experience of the culture. When you return youll take advanced language classes and choose from a wider range of optional modules on aspects of Japanese and East Asian politics, history and culture.
Core modules in your first year will introduce you to topics such as ethics and logic and teach you to construct arguments. This will lay the foundation for the next two years, where youll continue to take a broad approach to philosophy by choosing modules from areas such as logic and language, philosophy of science, mind and knowledge or history of philosophy. By your final year you will also have highly developed research and analytical skills.
|Basic Japanese Language (1)||20 credits|
|Basic Japanese Language (2)||20 credits|
|IT for LCS Students||5 credits|
|How to Think Clearly and Argue Well||20 credits|
|Japan in War and Peace||10 credits|
|Japan: A Cultural History from Buddhism to Murakami Haruki||10 credits|
|Introduction to East Asian Religions||20 credits|
|Discourse, Culture and Identity||20 credits|
|The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong||20 credits|
|Knowledge, Self and Reality||20 credits|
|Great Philosophical Thinkers||20 credits|
|Year Abroad in Japan||120 credits|
|Japanese 2A: Written Communication Skills||20 credits|
|Japanese 2B: Spoken Communication Skills||20 credits|
|Japan's International Relations||20 credits|
|Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World||20 credits|
|Political Philosophy||20 credits|
|Realism and Antirealism||20 credits|
|Japanese 3: Advanced Communication Skills||20 credits|
|final year project|
|East Asia's Regional Political Economy||20 credits|
|Advanced Japanese in Context: Culture and Identity||20 credits|
|Philosophy of Mind||20 credits|
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Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking.
GCSE: grade 4/C or above in a foreign language.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Grade 4/C in a foreign language at GCSE is required. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
D3, M1, M1
35 points overall including 16 at Higher Level with 4 in a foreign language at Standard Level
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or A in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or AAAABB in Highers
European Baccalaureate: 80%
When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.
English language requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
After your first year, youll get the chance to spend a year studying at one of our partner universities in Japan spread across Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Fukuoka.
It offers you invaluable experience of Japanese life and culture, and the intensive language classes youll undertake will help you develop your language skills. Youll also get the chance to study a variety of subjects such as history and politics, but the curriculum varies between universities. Of course, there will also be plenty of time for you to travel and explore everything that Japan has to offer.
Read more about Residence abroad in East Asian Studies
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