An introduction to the study of Japan and its place in the world An introduction to the study of Japan and its place in the world

29 June - 13 July 2019

Academic Leads: Jennifer Coates and Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer

Accreditation: Non-accredited

Level: Undergraduate

The significance of Japan today is based upon a fascinating past which informs the present in a multitude of ways. Japan is at the forefront of issues challenging human society in the 21st century, from demographics to sustainable development, and the impact of new technologies and advances in communication.

The course draws upon the Centre’s dedication to producing excellent interdisciplinary research on Japan and provides an introduction to generating a deeper understanding of the past, present and future of Japan. Delivery will focus on stimulating discussion with contributions from a number of programme speakers who are leading researchers in the field of Japanese Studies.

This module is delivered by Centre for Japanese Studies, Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities in partnership with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. 

Field trips may include:

Day trips to London and Cambridge to visit cultural sites such as the British Museum and the Cambridge University Library. There is also likely to be some time spent off campus in Norwich at the Sainsbury’s Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.

By the end of the module students will:

  • Be able to be a more intercultural member of society, having gained knowledge about Japan’s social, political and cultural context. 
  • Have a greater understanding of Japan’s history and geography. 
  • Have an appreciation of Japan’s significance within European society. 
  • Have enhanced study skills, in particular the ability to present information and express ideas about materials studies in oral and written formats.


The course is suited to those who are interested in Japan, East Asia and the latest approaches to Japanese Studies. No specific prior knowledge is required, except a desire and willingness to learn and engage.


The Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO) is supporting funded places to applicants from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech-Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Once you have completed your Summer Study at UEA application form, you will be sent a link to submit your supporting statement. 

The application deadline for the Japan Orientation programme is 31 March 2019.

Student Experience:

"With the interdisciplinary approach employed by UEA I’ve learned a lot of new things which relate to my studies that I haven’t considered before. Also, with students coming from different countries there was never a dull moment - everyone had something to add to our discussions" Bert, Hungary. Japan Orientation 2015

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