• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Minor code JPNS-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate


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 minor can have many linguistic and cultural benefits that reach well beyond the classroom.

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.


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.

Other Information

To register for the Japanese language proficiency placement test please contact the CAP Student Centre at cap.student@anu.edu.au
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

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

Code Title Units
JPNS1012 Spoken Japanese 1 6
  JPNS 1013: Spoken Japanese 2
JPNS1014 Written Japanese A 6
  JPNS 1015: Written Japanese B
  JPNS 2009: Japanese Lexicon
JPNS2012 Spoken Japanese 3 6
JPNS2013 Spoken Japanese 4 6
JPNS2014 Written Japanese C 6
JPNS2015 Written Japanese D 6
JPNS2024 Japanese Grammar and Expressions 6
JPNS2525 Learning Language Locally: Japan 6
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
  JPNS 3019: Readings in Japanese B
  JPNS 3020: Readings in Japanese C
  JPNS 3021: Readings in Japanese D
JPNS3023 Advanced Readings in Japanese A 6
JPNS3024 Advanced Readings in Japanese B 6
  JPNS 3025: Adv Reading: Science & Tech
  JPNS 3026: Adv Rdgs Japanese:IR & Pols
JPNS3102 Debating Japan: Contemporary Intellectual Debates 6
  JPNS 3103: Japanese Seminar B
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