• 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

In this course we will read, discuss and write about a range of real world materials on culturally-related themes.  Though all elements of Japanese language will be developed in this course, there will be a particular emphasis on developing literacy and the ability to read real-world, general audience materials relatively quickly.
A notable difference that separates this course from intermediate level classes is the absence of a textbook and the lack of vocabulary lists or prepared grammar materials. At the advanced levels, students are expected to be able to—or to learn to be able to—do most of this footwork on their own.  Naturally, a substantial portion of class time will be dedicated to textual explication and grammar questions, etc. will certainly be addressed in class, but it will be assumed that students will have already made their best attempt before class, with only those issues they were unable to resolve on their own will be addressed.


Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Advanced level of Japanese to:
1. Read and analyse primary and secondary sources on a range of historical and cultural topics and demonstrate an understanding of their relevance to the development of Japanese society.
2. Identify and summarise key points of assigned readings, integrate discussion into larger cultural and and historical contexts.
3. Demonstrate the ability to write persuasively on complex topics related to Japanese social and cultural development.

Other Information

Proficiency level
Students who successfully complete this course will typically achieve a level of proficiency roughly equivalent to JLPT N2 to N3, depending on their performance and degree of engagement.


This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

  • In-class quizzes: 25% LO 1
  • Summaries: 25% LO 1, 2, 3
  • In-class tests: 50% LO 1, 2, 3

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Three hours per week of class time over 12 weeks.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed JPNS6015 with a grade of at least 60 (CR) or above, or have completed JPNS6505, JPNS6506 or JPNS6508, or have been permitted entry based on the results of the Japanese language placement test. Incompatible with JPNS3007.



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
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4480 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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