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Monash University Handbook 2011 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
Admission, fee and application details
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 competency 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, students who have completed APG4152 (Japanese 12) may be able to take interpreting and translation units.

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.


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 undertaken concurrently with the permission of the coordinator.

Japanese language units

All language units are 6 points unless indicated otherwise.

  • APG4131 Advanced Japanese language in Japan (12 points)
  • APG4132 Advanced Japanese reading skills
  • APG4147 Japanese 7
  • APG4148 Japanese 8
  • APG4149 Japanese 9 - Japanese popular culture
  • APG4150 Japanese 10 - Introduction to Japanese interpreting and translation
  • APG4151 Japanese 11 - Current issues in the Japanese media
  • APG4152 Japanese 12 - Japan and the Asia - Pacific region

Applied Japanese linguistics units

All applied linguistics units are 12 points.

  • APG4630 Japanese sociolinguistics
  • APG4631 Asian languages in contact
  • APG4632 Issues in Japanese language education
  • APG4633 Teaching and learning Asian languages
  • APG4634 Japanese linguistics
  • APG4635 Research methodology for applied linguistics
  • APG4636 Japanese systematic grammar

Asian studies units

All Asian studies units are 12 points.

  • APG4382 Contemporary issues in Asia
  • APG4383 Japan and Asia post 1945: War legacies and memory wars
  • APG4385 Investigating other societies: Area studies in global perspective

Japanese studies units

All Japanese studies units are 12 points unless indicated otherwise.

  • APG4644 Projects in Australia-Japan cultural interaction (6 points)
  • APG4646 Advanced studies in Japanese society
  • APG4647 Advanced topics in Japanese culture

Linguistics units

  • APG4348 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 graduate certificate.


Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (Japanese Language)

Postgraduate Diploma in Japanese Language