• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Japanese
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Tomoko Akami
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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Advanced Readings in Japanese: International Relations and Politics (JPNS3026)

This is a high level advanced language course (on the same level as Seminar A and Japanese-English Translation; thus, higher than the Advanced Japanese Language courses).  It serves three purposes.  First, it serves as an intermediate stage between advanced group language study and independent research.  Second, it allows students to familiarise themselves with key concepts and issues of International Relations/International History.  Third, it improves the students' ability to read Japanese texts in International Relations/International History.

Using authentic materials of popular and academic works, which are written in contemporary language, the course introduces students both to the basic conceptual terminology in the fields of International Relations/International History, and to how these relate to more recent international and domestic political issues relevant to Japan.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the conclusion of the course, students should be familiar with the appropriate Japanese language tools necessary for reading in International Relations and Politics and for writing research essays in Japanese in these fields of study.

Indicative Assessment

1 essay in Japanese (3-4 pages of genkooyooshi; 1,200-1,600 ji) based on a research project. (10%)

1 class presentation based on a research project  (10%)

1 Japanese-English translation of a text (2 pages of A4 size paper) agreed on with instructor (10%)

4 comprehension assignments in Japanese (4 x 10% = 40%)

Final Take-home Examination (20%)

Self-assessment (10%)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


Depending upon the materials, students are expected to read approximately ten to twenty pages of texts every week. Reading comprehension guides will be given beforehand, but no vocabulary lists or Kanji lists will be provided.

Students are also expected to present research findings on Japan's stance in the international scenes and/or Japanese politics in class based on their research project.  Students are encouraged to discuss their research project topics with the instructor at an early stage of the course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be prepared by the instructor and available as handouts or as an e-Brick on Wattle.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3240
2006 $3240
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8988 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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