Japanese 4B

Subject JAPN30006 (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 2, 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


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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 4A or equivalent.
Corequisites: Japanese Grammar in Action
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, and also through extracts of semi-naturally occurring conversations between Japanese native speakers. The subject focuses on Japanese traditional social events, and examines how they are interpreted and practiced in modern Japanese society. 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 focusing on changing social values in Japan. On completion of the subject, students should be able to gather information in Japanese and have an understanding of how sociocultural factors influence observed phenomena.

  • have developed knowledge on some aspects of Japanese social norms.
  • be able to appreciate the changing nature of Japanese social values.
  • be able to understand diverse social values within Japanese society.
  • be able to compare Japanese social phenomena with other culture.
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically in Japanese.
  • acquire skills to gather information by means of a foreign language and culture.
  • be able to use strategies from a different educational tradition to acquire skills associated with that educational tradition.
  • understand the role of cultural factors in contemporary social and political phenomena.
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 two-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 110-109 and 110-217 Advanced Japanese B. Students who have completed 110-109 or 110-217 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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