Japanese Discourse

Subject 110-208 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 110242 Japanese 2B or equivalent
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr I Nakane
Subject Overview:

In this subject we consider key features of Japanese discourse such as indirectness, silence, politeness (honorifics), and gender. Students will engage in activities to enhance their sociocultural and pragmatic competence in Japanese to allow fuller participation in Japanese society. Students will also learn to analyse written, online, and face-to-face communication in a variety of social contexts, using a number of discourse analytic approaches.

Assessment: Transcription 15% (due mid-semester); an essay of 1500 words 30% (due mid-semester); a major assignment of 2000 words 45% (due at the end of semester), and tutorial participation 10%
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:Materials supplied by the Asia Institute.
Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Written communication through essay writing and seminar discussion;

  • Attention to detail through essay preparation and writing;

  • Time management and planning through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion;

  • Public speaking through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations;

  • Be able to research through competent use of the library, and other information sources and the definition of areas of inquiry and methods of research;

  • Learn critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion.


This subject is available at level three for the Post-VCE stream of Japanese. It is only available at level two for students who are completing the advanced stream of Japanese.

Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Japanese)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Japanese)

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