University of East Anglia UEA: Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies

InstitutionUniversity of East Anglia UEA View institution profile
Department School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Telephone 01603 591515
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**About This Course**

Looking at a variety of topics through the lens of Japan offers an exciting opportunity to engage with the world while expanding your understanding of art, media, literature, history, and politics. Whether you have already studied, or lived in, Japan and wish to broaden your knowledge, or whether you plan to focus your studies on the region for the first time, an MA in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies offers the perspective of a different culture and academic tradition.

Knowledge of the Japanese language is not a requirement of the programme.

As our world becomes more globalised each day, there has never been a better time to study this subject. You will benefit from UEA’s expertise in Japanese arts, media, politics, and history. What’s more, you’ll learn about a variety of research methods, equipping you with the tools to actively participate in shaping the field yourself.


Norwich is the home of the UK’s leading research centre for the study of Japanese arts, media, and visual cultures. Since 1999, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures has been developing and sharing its world-class research with the city and with UEA. Building on UEA’s strengths in media studies, creative writing, intercultural communication, gender studies, and history, the course offers a wide range of disciplinary approaches and methods.

The MA in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies responds to our contemporary moment in which globalisation and future-oriented concerns put Japan and its cultures at the centre of debates on urgent issues such as technology and digital innovation, population change, media representation, and health and ageing. The course draws on UEA’s specialist research and teaching to position Japanese Studies in relation to the major humanities disciplines including literature, history, politics, and art. Through our unique interdisciplinary approach, we celebrate UEA’s distinctive approach to engaging with Japan.

On this course you will explore Japanese arts and culture, society and history through a diverse range of disciplinary approaches and methods. You’ll learn about the history of ideas and engage with key writings about Japan, and think critically about the direction of contemporary Japanese studies.

You’ll be taught by experts from across the many disciplines that fall under Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies – including art history, film and media studies, history, politics, and international relations. And you’ll gain a valuable perspective on the subject through input from experts in Japanese arts, cultures and heritage researching at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.


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