• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Japanese
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages

This course aims to develop near-native competence in reading contemporary Japanese texts independently and without heavily reliance upon translations or a supervisor's assistance. The course will focus on extensive reading in contemporary Japanese texts on social, historical, ethnological, anthropological, and biological themes, amongst others, and discussion of issues raised. The course will be assessed through summaries of text and transposition of dialogue style into prose style (no English translation involved) and a book review.  It is also hoped that the course would enhance the four skills of language proficiency of each individual student in exploring his/her interests in discipline areas.

Learning Outcomes

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

On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to be able to read in a wide range of materials in humanities, social sciences and natural sciences such as history, sociology, anthropology, ethnology and biology on their own, with dictionaries; 
2. Demonstrate a near-native proficiency in spoken Japanese, applied to discussion of readings;
3. Analyse texts under study to develop a sophisticated understanding of contemporary Japan.

Indicative Assessment

Oral Presentation#1 (7.5%) +  Paper#1 (7.5%) 15%  --  Learning Outcomes 2 & 3
Oral Presentation#2 (7.5%) +  Paper#2 (7.5%) 15%  --  Learning Outcomes 2 & 3
Summary of text#1  due in Week 7   10%  --  Learning Outcomes 1 & 3
Summary of text#2  due in Week 13   10%  --  Learning Outcomes 1 & 3
Book Review due in Week 12   10%  --  Learning Outcomes 1 & 3
Oral Interview#1      15%  --  Learning Outcomes 1, 2 & 3
Oral Interview#2      15%  --  Learning Outcomes 1, 2 & 3
Self-assessment     10%  --  Learning Outcomes 1, 2 & 3

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The course comprises a weekly load of three contact hours. It demands six hours of tutorial preparation, including assigned readings, and review of lectures.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with JPNS6102

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

Prescribed Texts

Photocopied materials will be provided.




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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2251 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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