Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Assoc Prof Helen Marriott


Previously coded JPS2130


This unit introduces students to the study of the basic aspects of the Japanese language and system of communication, as well as intercultural communication. Topics include communication problems, speech acts, politeness, discourse structure.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Have developed their understanding of the discipline of sociolinguistics and to be able to employ some of the terminology used within it.
  2. Have increased their knowledge about communicating in Japanese or English with native speakers of Japanese.
  3. Have improved their understanding of the processes of communication found in native Japanese communication situations as well as in intercultural contact situations.
  4. Have improved their competence in communicating in their second (or third) language.
  5. Have developed a knowledge of enquiry techniques employed in sociolinguistics.
  6. Have improved their skills in reading critically, analysing, writing and presenting reports.


written work: 60%
Exam: 40%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Japanese studies
Asian studies


Japanese 4 or equivalent