Japanese 4A

Subject JAPN20003 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

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: JAPN10004 Japanese 3B 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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Jun Ohashi unimelb.edu.au
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.

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).

Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 80% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Materials supplied by the Institute.

Recommended Texts:


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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