• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Specialisation code JPNS-SPEC
  • Academic career Postgraduate
Japanese Language and Culture Specialisation

ANU is Australia’s leading university in research and teaching of languages. Make the most of your opportunity to learn a new language, or extend your knowledge of a language you already know, while applying to this language the skills of analysis and description that you will master in your degree.

Specialists from the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific will equip you with critical language learning approaches and an in-depth understanding of how to apply that knowledge. You will be taught by Japanese Studies specialists, linguists and experts in oral, dramatic and textual arts.

Career opportunities

This specialisation will advance your career in language-related and cross-cultural work in government and non-government organisations, language technologies or as an independent language practitioner or researcher.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. demonstrate general fluency in oral and written expression as well as in aural and reading comprehension, covering expression in different registers from everyday language use to academic language;
  2. express themselves orally and in writing in different genres;
  3. understand key aspects of culture, history, politics and society;
  4. demonstrate intercultural awareness, including critically comparing and reflecting on cross-cultural differences between Japanese-speaking and Australian cultures and/or their native culture; and
  5. conduct research on a topic related to Japanese and its associated cultures, and to write an essay on their research outcomes.
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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
JPNS6007 Japanese Linguistics 6
JPNS6012 Spoken Japanese 3 6
JPNS6013 Spoken Japanese 4 6
JPNS6014 Written Japanese C 6
JPNS6015 Written Japanese D 6
JPNS6018 Readings in Japanese 6
JPNS6023 Advanced Readings in Japanese A 6
JPNS6024 Japanese Grammar 6
JPNS6025 Advanced Readings in Japanese B 6
JPNS6102 Debating Japan: Contemporary Intellectual Debate 6
JPNS6112 Spoken Japanese 1 6
JPNS6113 Spoken Japanese 2 6
JPNS6114 Written Japanese A 6
JPNS6115 Written Japanese B 6
JPNS6505 Advanced Japanese: Issues in Contemporary Japan 6
JPNS6506 Advanced Japanese: Language in Context 6
JPNS6507 Advanced Japanese: Readings in Culture and Society 6
JPNS6508 Advanced Japanese: Readings in Literature 6
JPNS6512 Teaching Japanese: Content 6
JPNS6513 Japanese - English Translation 6
JPNS6514 Teaching Japanese Method 6
JPNS6525 Learning Language Locally: Japan 6

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
LANG6001 Translation across Languages: The Translation of Literary Texts 6
LANG6002 Translation across Languages: Specialised Materials 6
LANG6016 Translation Project 6
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