Asia Pacific Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the cultural, political, social and economic issues in this dynamic and fast-growing region. Core modules will develop your knowledge of political and economic diversity and change across Asia Pacific over time, but you'll also choose from optional modules exploring culture, religion, development, international relations, history, policy and business practices in China, Japan, Thailand and other states across the region.
International Relations offers the chance to learn about how states interact with each other, as well as the impacts and contributions of organisations such as the UN. You'll combine core modules on key topics such security and the concepts, theories and research methods of international relations with a range of optional modules. You can explore topics that interest you, from the politics of aid to the complexities of Middle Eastern politics and the rise of extreme right parties in Europe.
The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections- valuable assets for your independent research. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.
If you're choosing to study a language as part of your Joint Honours degree, our fully equipped Language Centre, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). We also have our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which features specialised computing facilities for translation studies, and Interpreter Training Suites offering you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you'll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects. You'll also undertake a major research project in either subject in your final year.
Asia Pacific Studies
In your first year, core modules will introduce you to the history and development of Asia Pacific. You'll choose from a wide range of optional modules on topics such as Chinese history, Japanese politics or East Asian religions. Over the next two years you'll build on this knowledge with core modules on political economy and international relations in the region, as well as further optional modules on topics such as Thai history or Buddhism.
You'll develop your understanding of key concepts, theories and methods in international politics in your first year, while studying different political systems from around the world. From there you'll expand your knowledge in the following year with core modules in security studies and theoretical approaches to international relations. You'll also choose from optional and discovery modules in your second and third years exploring topics as diverse as terrorism, US foreign policy and political psychology.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
Studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of two subjects and demonstrates that you're intellectually versatile. Your degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers actively seek.
You'll have good research skills, and you'll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. You'll then be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, you'll have strong research and organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team.
All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and graduates have pursued careers reflecting the diversity of their degrees. They've gone on to be successful in education, the media, law, publishing, the civil service, business and finance and the charity sector to name a few. Many others have also pursued postgraduate study.
To find out more about graduate destinations in your subjects, please see the relevant Single Honours pages.
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Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
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Asia Pacific Studies and Japanese BA
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