• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Japanese
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Cultural Studies, History, Sociology, Asian Studies

This course develops Japanese language skills at a higher advanced level. It is designed for students with advanced Japanese language competency who are interested in applying their language skills to the study of topics in Japanese history and society. The course serves three purposes. First, class meetings during the initial semi-intensive phase (weeks 1-6) provide a venue for students to read and discuss issues relating to Japanese history and society in Japanese at an academic level. Second, during the subsequent research phase (weeks 7-12) the course develops student's ability to conduct research using Japanese language materials (e.g., academic research, primary sources, government materials, media publications, high school textbooks etc.) and to produce original academic research papers in Japanese. Third, the course provides students with opportunities to deliver formal academic-level presentations in Japanese.

The focus and topics of the course will vary depending on the instructor and students’ interests and needs. Although aimed at advancing Japanese language skills, the course is best understood as a disciplinary course (e.g., history, sociology) taught entirely in Japanese. It is an opportunity for students to move beyond standard language learning (grammar, kanji, quizzes, tests etc.) and to apply their language skills within an academic discipline (e.g., history, sociology). Students will be assessed on their ability to actively formulate research questions, acquire relevant scholarly materials, and produce scholarly writing in Japanese.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. recognize and utilize academic Japanese language relating to Japanese history and society
  2. understand and analyze the major themes of modern Japanese history and society through the study of Japanese-language texts
  3. conduct independent research utilizing Japanese language materials
  4.  present sustained oral academic arguments and engage in academic discussions in Japanese on a variety of issues in Japanese history and society
  5. produce academic-level essays on aspects of Japanese history and society written in Japanese

Other Information

Proficiency level

Students who successfully complete this course will typically achieve a level of proficiency roughly equivalent to JLPT N1-2 to N3-2, depending on their performance and degree of engagement.


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 Convenor/Instructor for appropriate permission prior to enrolling. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to consult with the Convenor/Instructor and take a language proficiency assessment to ensure enrolment at the most appropriate level. Native speakers are not permitted to take the course.


Previous “language experience or exposure” 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 must seek advice from the course convenor/instructor. Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Integrity Rule 2021 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 enroll in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor

Indicative Assessment

  1. Short Essay (1500 Japanese characters) (20) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Oral Presentation 1 (10) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. Abstract and Annotated Bibliography (1500 Japanese characters) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Oral Presentation 2 (10) [LO 1,2,4]
  5. Research Paper (2500 Japanese characters) (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


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 enrol in this course you must have previously completed 12 units of JPNS3005, JPNS3006, JPNS3007, JPNS3008, JPNS3012, or JPNS3014 with a grade of 60 (CR) or above, or have been permitted entry based on the results of the Japanese language proficiency assessment.

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

To be confirmed based on the specific topic for that year.

Preliminary Reading

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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

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Unit value:
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7967 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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