This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities may also be available.
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, including grammar-related questions, but students will be assumed to have already made their best attempt before class, with only those issues they were unable to resolve on their own being addressed.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- 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.
- Identify and summarise key points of assigned readings, integrate discussion into larger cultural and and historical contexts.
- Demonstrate the ability to write persuasively on complex topics related to Japanese social and cultural development.
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.
On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Advanced level of Japanese.
Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must review the language proficiency assessment site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to undertake 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 undertake a language 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 results 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.
- Preparation Quizzes (30) [LO 1,2,3]
- Individual Research Project (45) [LO 1,2,3]
- Reports (2) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Participation (5) [LO 1,2,3]
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This course requires a total of 130 hours of work on the following activities: three hours per week in class-activities, online activities and independent study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
To be confirmed
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