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Focus 5b+6: Occupied Asia II


Admission requirements

Successful completion of BA3 Focus “Occupied Asia I”


In this second part of this two-semester BA3 focus course, students will primarily read, analyze and translate Japanese texts related to the topics covered in the first part of the course as well as their own thesis research. In addition to reading, analyzing and translating Japanese materials and texts, students will also receive instruction and guidance on the preparation of the BA thesis in form of workshops focused on proposal and thesis writing, as well as the presentation of on-going research.

Course objectives

The course has two primary aims: To improve skills in reading comprehension, analysis, and translation of Japanese texts, and to successfully produce a BA thesis draft.


Fridays 11-13

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

—Participation element (attendance, participation in text sessions and writing/research workshops, BlackBoard feedback): 30%
—Translation element (short translation exercises, vocabulary quizzes): 30%
—Review element (literature review): 40%


Blackboard plays an essential part in this course. All important information about the course, including the syllabus, course requirements, and other information, except for the course readings, will be available on the course website. As part of class participation, students will also be required to make postings on the Blackboard website. Internet access is therefore essential in order to complete this course.

Reading list

Course-related reading material, consisting of short Japanese language texts, will be provided as the course progresses.


Via “Usis”:

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Contact information

Dr. E Mark