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Postgraduate Diploma in Japanese Language

Course code: 2545 ~ Course abbreviation: PGradDipJapLang ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 to 3 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This course is designed to allow graduates who have competence equivalent to at least a basic major in Japanese (level 6 Japanese) to extend their competence in the language.

Course objectives

Students successfully completing this course will have: 1. a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. advanced analytical skills; 7. advanced skills relating to the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

The course consists of 48 points, which is equivalent to one year of full-time study, however most students will take the course part-time over two or three years in order to allow them to complete sequential units. Students will normally complete one or two 6-point language units per semester.

In addition to language units (prefaced by JLG), students who have completed JLG 4120 (Japanese 12) may be able to take interpreting and translation units (prefaced by JIT).

Students will have the option of taking postgraduate units in Asian studies, Japanese studies or applied Japanese linguistics up to the value of 24 points.

Further advice on suitable units for individual students can be obtained from the school.

Course requirements

Schedule of units

All units are offered subject to availability of staff and sufficient enrolments and some units have an alternative year of offering (please check with the school). Some language units can be done concurrently with the permission of the coordinator.

Units in Japanese language
  • JLG4070 Japanese 7 (6 points)
  • JLG4080 Japanese 8 (6 points)
  • JLG4090 Japanese 9 (6 points)
  • JLG4100 Japanese 10 (6 points)
  • JLG4110 Japanese 11 (6 points)
  • JLG4120 Japanese 12 (6 points)
  • JLG4720 Advanced Japanese language in Japan (12 points)
  • JLG4852 Advanced Japanese reading skills (6 points)
Units in applied Japanese linguistics
  • JAL4130 Japanese sociolinguistics (12 points)
  • JAL4140 Asian languages in contact (12 points)
  • JAL4210 Issues in Japanese language education (12 points)
  • JAL4530 Teaching and learning Asian languages (12 points)
  • JAL4590 Japanese linguistics (12 points)
  • JAL4610 Research methodology for applied linguistics (12 points)
  • JAL4730 Japanese systematic grammar (12 points)
Units in Asian studies
  • AST4000 Contemporary issues in Asia (12 points)
  • AST4220 Investigating other societies: Area studies in global perspective (12 points) (12 points)
  • AST4060 Japan and Asia post 1945: War legacies and memory wars (12 points)
Units in Japanese studies
  • JST4050 Australia-Japan cultural interaction (6 points)
  • JST4060 Projects in Australia-Japan cultural interaction (6 points)
  • JST4110 Advanced studies in Japanese society (12 points)
  • JST4120 Work and economic organisation in Japan (12 points)
  • JST4180 Advanced topics in Japanese culture (12 points)
  • JST4190 Advanced studies in Japanese economics (12 points)
Unit in linguistics
  • ALM4250 Second language acquisition (12 points)

Study in Japan

Subject to the approval of the school and faculty, certain units (but no more than 50 per cent of the total requirements for the course) can be taken in Japan. The school currently maintains university-to-university agreements with about 10 Japanese universities. Opportunities exist for scholarships, and interested students should inquire with the convenor of the school's scholarship committee. Faculty approval must be obtained before students can proceed to an overseas study program.

Exit point

Students may be offered an exit award of a Graduate Certificate of Arts after successful completion of 24 points.


For further study options please contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Robyn Spence-Brown