Japanese 4A

Subject JAPN30005 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and three hours of language classes per week,
Total Time Commitment: 4 contact hours/week , 4.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Japanese 3B or equivalent. New students who have had some prior experience with the language may not enrol unless they have taken a placement test in the week preceding the first week of semester.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None.
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements: None.


Dr Jun Ohashi


Dr Jun Ohashi


Subject Overview:

In this subject, significant topics in Japanese society will be introduced through authentic texts such as articles from Japanese newspapers, magazines and the Internet. The subject examines current trends and issues in Japanese society from a cross-cultural perspectives. Students are encouraged to use web-based learning tools such as online dictionaries and machine translation in this process. Students will engage in activities such as discussion and essay writing.

  • have developed knowledge on current issues in Japan.
  • be able to use various on-line learning tools efficiently.
  • have developed tolerance and skills to deal with authentic language materials.
  • have developed learning strategies.
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically in Japanese.
  • to acquire skills to communicate in a sophisticated manner in a cultural environment different to one"s own.
  • to acquire skills to adapt to learning styles from a different cultural tradition.
  • develop an understanding of social, ethical and cultural contexts through the contextualisation of judgements, developing a critical self-awareness, and being open to new ideas and possibilities.
Assessment: Two in-class composition tasks 20% (due mid-semester and late in semester), two in-class quizzes 16% (due mid-semester and late in semester), two oral tests 24% (due mid-semester and late in semester) and a 2-hour final examination 40% (due during the examination period).
Prescribed Texts:

Materials supplied by the Institute.

Recommended Texts: None.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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.
Notes: Formerly available as 110-107 and 110-216 Advanced Japanese A. Students who have completed 110-107 or 110-216 are not eligible to enrol in this subject. This subject is available at level one for the super advanced stream of Japanese. It is only available at level two for students who are completing the advanced stream of Japanese and only at level three for students completing the post-VCE stream of Japanese.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Japanese)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Japanese
Japanese Major

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