The programme aims to provide systematic and comprehensive knowledge on Japanese society and culture, situating Japan within the global and especially East Asian context. Students will be provided with a structured overview of key topics in Japanese culture and society and enabled to pursue aspects of their interest in more depth in courses specially designed for this degree. All members of staff have proven research expertise in the area of their teaching, documented through publications and conference participation. Courses are designed to link the expertise of the staff members so as to provide a holistic understanding of Japanese culture and society from an interdisciplinary perspective. Courses will put a strong emphasis on the critical and discursive assessment of a wide array of source materials and secondary literature. Students will receive special training in research skills and methods. Students will have the opportunity to audit appropriate language courses from beginner to intermediate level. Those with advanced language skills may take courses in translation, and will be supported in the use of primary materials for their own research.