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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titlePGradDipJapLang
CRICOS code030792C
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Course coordinator

Dr Robyn Spence-Brown


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


Students successfully completing this course will have:

  • a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • advanced analytical skills
  • advanced skills relating to the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

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.


This 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.


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

All language units are 6 points unless indicated otherwise.

Units in applied Japanese linguistics

All applied linguistics units are 12 points.

  • JAL4130 Japanese sociolinguistics
  • JAL4140 Asian languages in contact
  • JAL4210 Issues in Japanese language education
  • JAL4530 Teaching and learning Asian languages
  • JAL4590 Japanese linguistics
  • JAL4610 Research methodology for applied linguistics
  • JAL4730 Japanese systematic grammar

Units in Asian studies

All Asian studies units are 12 points.

  • AST4000 Contemporary issues in Asia
  • AST4220 Investigating other societies: Area studies in global perspective
  • AST4060 Japan and Asia post 1945: War legacies and memory wars

Units in Japanese studies

All Japanese studies units are 12 points unless indicated otherwise.

  • JST4060 Projects in Australia-Japan cultural interaction (6 points)
  • JST4110 Advanced studies in Japanese society
  • JST4120 Work and economic organisation in Japan
  • JST4180 Advanced topics in Japanese culture
  • JST4190 Advanced studies in Japanese economics

Unit in linguistics

  • ALM4250 Second language acquisition (12 points)

Progression to further studies

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

Alternative exit(s)

After successful completion of 24 points, students may apply to exit the program with the relevant a graduate certificate.


Postgraduate Diploma in Japanese Language