• Class Number 4533
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Mark Gibeau
    • Dr Mark Gibeau
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

This course will introduce students to a broad range of 20th and 21st century Japanese short stories. Through careful reading and discussion of these texts students will develop their Japanese language proficiency, become familiar with a range of written Japanese styles and conventions, and gain a deeper understanding of modern Japanese culture and literature.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of a range of modern and contemporary Japanese fiction.
  2. Confidently recall, summarise, and interpret key points in sophisticated literary texts
  3. Analyse texts in terms of language, literary components, and literary and historical contexts.
  4. Write persuasively in academic Japanese on complex topics related to Japanese literature.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups & individuals

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Group discussion of assigned readings, Miyauchi Keisuke & Kawabata Yasunari Quiz at start of each class
2 Group discussion of assigned readings, Tayama Sakumi Quiz at start of each class
3 Group discussion of assigned readings, Tayama Sakumi Quiz at start of each class
4 Group discussion of assigned readings, Tayama Sakumi Quiz at start of each class
5 Exam 1, Group discussion of assigned readings, Kayano Shigeru In-class exam, Quiz at start of class
6 Group discussion of assigned readings, Kayano Shigeru & Kakuta Mitsuyo Essay 1 Topic Announced, Quiz at start of each class
7 Group discussion of assigned readings, Kakuta Mitsuyo Quiz at start of each class, Essay 1 Due 26 Apr 11:59 pm
8 Group discussion of assigned readings, Akutagawa Ryûnosuke Quiz at start of each class
9 Exam 2, Group discussion of assigned readings, Koda Aya Exam 2, Quiz at start of each class
10 Group discussion of assigned readings, Koda Aya & Nagai Kafû Quiz at start of each class
11 Group discussion of assigned readings, Nagai Kafû Essay 2 Topic Announced, Quiz at start of each class
12 Exam 3, Group discussion of assigned readings, Nagai Kafû Exam 3, Quiz at start of each class; Essay 2 Due 9 June 11:59 pm

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
In-class Quizzes 35 % * 1, 2
In-Class tests 35 % 23/03/2020 1, 2, 3
Essay 30 % 26/04/2020 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


There will be no formal final examination for this class

Assessment Task 1

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

In-class Quizzes

15-20 minute quizzes held at the start of each class session to ensure adequate preparation and engagement with the texts by students.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 23/03/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

In-Class tests

3 X 90 minute, in-class tests evaluate the extent to which students were able to retain what they have read as well as the extent to which they have been able to deepen their understanding of the texts through class discussion. Tests will be held on 23 March (Mon), 4 May (Mon) and 28 May (Thurs). Precise dates may be subject to change depending on shifts in timetabling.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 26/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4


Students write 2X2500 char. essays, each on a choice of one of two assigned topics. Essays evaluate students' understanding of texts, the broader concepts and themes discussed in class, as well as the student's ability to develop and express their argument in academic Japanese. Whilst linguistic accuracy is also a component of the other assessments, as a take-home assessment, the standards to which the essays are held will be significantly higher. Essay topics will be announced on 3 Apr (Fri) and 22 May (Fri) respectively. Essays will be due at 11:59 pm on 26 April (Sun) and 9 June (Tues) respectively

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

We will endeavour to return quizzes within 1 week. For longer assignments such as exams and essays, we will endeavour to return them within two weeks of receipt.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission of assignments is not permitted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Mark Gibeau

Research Interests

modern & contemporry Japanese literature, literary translation, Japanese language pedagogy

Dr Mark Gibeau

Dr Mark Gibeau

Research Interests

Dr Mark Gibeau

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