East Asian Studies provides students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the East Asian region, with a focus on China and Japan, through studying cultures, histories, societies, economics and politics. Students will gain a critical appreciation of the complex contemporary realities in East Asian countries as well as the changing position of these countries in an ever-changing international context. - East Asian Studies is offered as Single Honours, Joint Honours or as a Minor. All degrees are three years in length. - Courses are taught in English, although the degree is open to students who already have proficiency in one or more East Asian languages. - Students have the option of studying Chinese, Korean or Japanese language or Chinese or Japanese Studies as a Minor. - First year modules introduce students to key methodologies for studying East Asia as well as core knowledge about Chinese and Japanese geography, history, society, culture, economics and politics. - Students can tailor their degree to suit their interests and professional ambitions from the second year on, choosing from a wide range of courses on topics including language, contemporary art, literature, religion and media, popular culture, business, anthropology, history, economics and politics. Flexible Honours may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject. **Aims** This course aims to provide students with the knowledge and critical tools they need to understand East Asia in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as well as an appreciation of the major historical events and social movements that have made East Asian countries what they are today. East Asia is studied both as an economically connected region with overlapping histories, languages and cultural identities and as a diverse group of countries and peoples with divergent political systems and contemporary cultures. By the end of their degree, students will posses the socio-cultural understanding and analytical skills needed to embark upon more long-term professional or academic engagements with the East Asian region, and will have acquired a more international perspective on the world as it stands today and as it has developed over the course of history. Students also have the option of learning some Chinese, Japanese or Korean language as part of their studies, although East Asian Studies is not a language-intensive degree programme. **Special Features** Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. Exchange partners are offered through the Erasmus Exchange scheme (in Europe) and the Worldwide Exchange scheme (e.g. USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore).