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.
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 Independent level of Japanese to:
1. Present nuanced academic analysis of intellectual debates confronting contemporary Japan.
2. Evaluate the influence of key historical concepts and issues on contemporary society and culture.
3. Engage in debate, both individually and in groups, with a sophisticated understanding of appropriate modes of intellectual discourse in Japan.
4. Demonstrate sophisticated academic writing skills based on independent research in Japanese.
Students who successfully complete this course will typically achieve a level of proficiency roughly equivalent to JLPT N1-1+ to N2, 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.
In-class quizzes: 25% - LO 2,4
Presentation: 20% - LO 1, 2, 3, 4
Text Summaries: 30% - LO 1, 2, 4
Book review: 25% - LO 1, 2, 3, 4
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WorkloadThe 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
You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Materials will be available on Wattle.
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