- Total units 48 Units
- Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
- Major code JPNS-MAJ
- Academic career Undergraduate
- Academic Contact AsPr Shunichi Ishihara
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 a 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 major has many linguistic and cultural benefits that reach well beyond the classroom. In today’s globalised world a strong understanding of Asia, and Japan as one of our most important bilateral partners, is vital. Employers across business, government, the arts and various sectors actively recruit graduates who can demonstrate knowledge of and experience in Japan.
Students in this major are encouraged to spend time studying at one of the twenty-five tertiary institutions in Japan with which the ANU has ties. This can be done either through intensive in-country study in the summer break, through the Semester in Japan program, or through a year of study in Japan the Year in Asia program. Competitive scholarships are available to qualified students.
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Express themselves confidently both verbally and in writing in modern Japanese in a variety of settings.
- Recognise and use a broad vocabulary over 1000 kanji characters, and relevant expressions.
- Demonstrate independent reading and listening skills to engage with real-world materials with the aid of a dictionary.
- Demonstrate the appropriate linguistic skills to respond spontaneously in both speaking and writing to contemporary issues, to state opinions, compose formal essays, and make presentations at a sophisticated level.
- Confidently use polite, neutral or informal registers, appropriate to the genre and the audience.
Demonstrate an understanding of socio-cultural issues in past and present Japanese society, including such topics as gender issues, social structures, consumer societies, traditional arts and crafts, and Japan's position in the world.
Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to take a language proficiency assessment 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 proficiency assessment 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.
This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:
6 units from the completion of the following course(s):
JPNS3002 - Japanese 6 (6 units)
42 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)
ASIA2103 - Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) (6 units)
JPNS3023 - Research Topics in Japanese: History & Society (6 units)
JPNS3024 - Research Topics in Japanese: International Relations & Politics (6 units)
JPNS2525 - Learning Language Locally: Japan (6 units)
JPNS2005 - Japanese 2: Written (6 units)
JPNS2003 - Japanese 2: Spoken (6 units)
ASIA2098 - Asian and Pacific Studies Internship (12 units)
ASIA2100 - Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific (L) (6 units)
JPNS3001 - Japanese 5 (6 units)Back to the top