• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Major code JPNS-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Japanese Language Major


Japanese is the national language of Japan, a nation that is not only one of Australia's major trading partners, but is also a country with which many young Australians have deep personal ties. Japanese is the most popular foreign language in Australian schools and universities and the depth of the ties between Australia and Japan mean that knowledge of the language will be a valuable asset for many years to come. Studying Japanese as a major can have many linguistic and cultural benefits that reach well beyond the classroom.

Students in this major are encouraged to spend time studying at one of the twenty five tertiary institution in Japan with which the ANU has ties. This can be done either through intensive in-country study in the summer break, through the semester in Japan program, or through a year of study in the Year in Japan program. Competitive scholarships are available to qualified students.

A student may not take a course if that course is a prerequisite for another course which they have already passed.

Students with prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test and may be exempted from the compulsory courses.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Japanese language major students should be able to:

  1. express themselves confidently in a polite,      neutral or informal register, appropriate to the genre and the audience.
  2. read, comprehend and infer authors’ meaning in      newspapers, magazines, and literary texts in Japanese.
  3. engage with authentic media such as television      news broadcasts, movies, short stories and novels by summarizing,      analysing, evaluating and criticizing their content.
  4. write texts in Japanese in the appropriate genre,      with correct grammatical structures and thematic vocabulary relevant to      the level of the student
  5. Write, perform and record presentations or      interviews in Japanese either individually or in cooperative groups, and      answer questions based on those performances or interviews


Course Lists

The course lists in the "Requirements" section below is a definitive   list and includes all courses that can be counted towards the major,   whether or not they are offered in the current year. For a list of   courses that will be offered in the current year, please see the Summary of Courses page.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
JPNS2013 Spoken Japanese 4 6
JPNS2015 Written Japanese D 6

36 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA2103 Language in Asia (L) 6
ASIA3006 Practical Assignment in Asia and the Pacific 6-12
JPNS1012 Spoken Japanese 1 6
JPNS1013 Spoken Japanese 2 6
JPNS1014 Written Japanese A 6
JPNS1015 Written Japanese B 6
JPNS2009 Japanese Lexicon 6
JPNS2012 Spoken Japanese 3 6
JPNS2014 Written Japanese C 6
JPNS2024 Japanese Grammar 6
JPNS2525 In-country Japanese course 12
JPNS3005 Advanced Japanese: Issues in Contemporary Japan 6
JPNS3006 Advanced Japanese: Language in Context 6
JPNS3007 Advanced Japanese: Readings in Culture and Society 6
JPNS3008 Advanced Japanese: Readings in Literature 6
JPNS3012 Teaching Japanese: Content 6
JPNS3013 Japanese - English Translation 6
JPNS3014 Teaching Japanese: Method 6
JPNS3018 Readings in Japanese 6
JPNS3019 Readings in Japanese B 6
JPNS3020 Readings in Japanese C 6
JPNS3021 Readings in Japanese D 6
JPNS3023 Advanced Readings in Japanese History 6
JPNS3024 Advanced Readings in Japanese Law 6
JPNS3025 Advanced Readings in Science and Technology 6
JPNS3026 Advanced Readings in Japanese: International Relations and Politics 6
JPNS3027 Advanced Readings in Japanese Economy 6
JPNS3102 Japanese Seminar A 6
JPNS3103 Japanese Seminar B 6
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