The course focuses on mainstream theories about Japanese society and major current socio-cultural issues. The course will be based on authentic materials dealing with Japanese society from linguistic, anthropological, sociological and psychological points of view.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Read, understand and analyse real-world written Japanese materials to demonstrate an understanding of varying academic perspectives on issues confronting Japan in the past and present.
- Communicate confidently in writing and speaking, and in collaborative groups, on topics drawn from a variety of academic essays, panel discussions, and academic discourse.
- Present academic arguments fluently and and with confidence, from disciplines such as linguistics, anthropology, sociology and psychology.
- Demonstrate information gathering skills and the ability to compose academic essays on complex subjects.
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.
- Online Quizzes (30) [LO 1,3,4]
- Written Report (2) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Group Research Project (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Participation (5) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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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
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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.
- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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