• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Minor code JPNS-MIN

Japanese is the national language of Japan, a nation that is not only one of Australia's major trading partners, but is also a country with which many young Australians have deep personal ties. Japanese is the most popular foreign language in Australian schools and universities and the depth of the ties between Australia and Japan mean that knowledge of the language will be a valuable asset for many years to come. Studying Japanese as a minor can have many linguistic and cultural benefits that reach well beyond the classroom.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Use an active spoken vocabulary of around 600 items, and a passive vocabulary of around 1200 items;
  2. Use an active written vocabulary of around 300 kanji and a passive vocabulary of around 500 kanji;  
  3. Use grammatical points and constructions necessary to produce and comprehend various basic sentences in both spoken and written Japanese;
  4. Read and compose 1200 characters long passages on topics which including family, daily routines, interpersonal relationships, cultural traditions, and everyday life;
  5. Communicate in both writing and speaking using strategies to produce natural colloquial Japanese;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of socio-cultural issues in past and present Japanese society, including such topics as social structures, traditional arts and crafts, and everyday life. 

Other Information

Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to take a language placement test to ensure enrolment at the most appropriate level. 


Relevant past experience includes:

-     Previous study of the language (both formal and informal, for example, but not limited to, at school, or, home, or through online activities, etc.)

-     Being exposed to the language in childhood via a family member or friend

-     Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken

-     The language being spoken in your home (even if you do not speak it yourself)


Students who are not sure if they need to take a placement test should seek advice from the course or language convenor. 


Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may result in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.


Students are not permitted to enrol in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor.

Some of the JPNS course names (and codes) have changed from 2018. The new names are given below together with old codes and names in brackets. Those courses which are affected are given below. 

JPNS1012 Japanese 1: Spoken (JPNS1012 Spoken Japanese 1)

JPNS1014 Japanese 1: Written (JPNS1014 Written Japanese A )

JPNS2003 Japanese 2: Spoken (JPNS2003 Spoken Japanese 2)

JPNS2005 Japanese 2: Written (JPNS2005 Written Japanese B)

JPNS2012 Japanese 3 (JPNS2012 Spoken Japanese 3)

JPNS2013 Japanese 4 (JPNS2013 Spoken Japanese 4)

JPNS3001 Japanese 5 (JPNS2014 Written Japanese C)

JPNS3002 Japanese 6 (JPNS2015 Written Japanese D)

JPNS3023 Research Topics in Japanese: History & Society  (JPNS3023 Advanced Readings in Japanese A)

JPNS3024 Research Topics in Japanese: International Relations & Politics  (JPNS3024 Advanced Readings in Japanese B)

ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) (ASIA2103 Language in Asia (L))

ASIA2098 Asian and Pacific Studies Internship (ASIA3006 Practical Assignment in Asia and the Pacific)

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

24 units from the completion of the following course(s):

JPNS1012 - Japanese 1: Spoken (6 units)

JPNS2012 - Japanese 3 (6 units)

JPNS2013 - Japanese 4 (6 units)

JPNS2024 - Japanese Grammar and Expressions (6 units)

JPNS3005 - Advanced Japanese: Issues in Contemporary Japan (6 units)

JPNS3006 - Advanced Japanese: Language in Context (6 units)

JPNS3007 - Advanced Japanese: Readings in Culture and Society (6 units)

JPNS3008 - Advanced Japanese: Readings in Literature (6 units)

JPNS3012 - Teaching Japanese: Content (6 units)

JPNS3013 - Japanese - English Translation (6 units)

JPNS3014 - Teaching Japanese: Method (6 units)

JPNS3102 - Debating Japan: Contemporary Intellectual Debates (6 units)

JPNS1014 - Japanese 1: Written (6 units)

JPNS3023 - Research Topics in Japanese: History &amp; Society (6 units)

JPNS3024 - Research Topics in Japanese: International Relations &amp; Politics (6 units)

JPNS2525 - Learning Language Locally: Japan (6 units)

JPNS2005 - Japanese 2: Written (6 units)

JPNS2003 - Japanese 2: Spoken (6 units)

JPNS3001 - Japanese 5 (6 units)

JPNS3002 - Japanese 6 (6 units)

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