Faculty of Arts

Monash University

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
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Shani Tobias


Previously coded JPL3120


This unit is designed to develop students' Japanese language skills to an advanced level, while introducing them to Japanese literature and approaches to literary translation. Students will develop reading skills, research skills using Japanese resources, debating and discussion skills, and will use a variety of Japanese media, including the Internet. Writing skills to be developed include translation, summary, synthesis and argument in essay writing. Teaching materials will relate to Japanese literature, focussing on modern and contemporary writers, related critiques and translation approaches.


After successfully completing this unit, students should have further developed to an advanced level:

  1. Their ability in speaking Japanese, in the context of informal and formal intellectual discussion and debate in Japanese;
  2. Their ability to comprehend spoken Japanese in direct formal exposition, and in audiovisual media;
  3. Their ability to read and comprehend print and on-line texts using on-line glossaries and dictionaries, with a focus on Japanese novels, short fiction, and critical commentaries on literary texts;
  4. Their ability to translate between Japanese and English and write a critical essay in Japanese on a topic related to Japanese literature;
  5. Their IT and computer skills in a Japanese context, including wordprocessing and researching and recording information from Japanese databases.


Assignments (translations and essays) (4000 words): 60%
Class presentation: 10%;
Examination (2 hours, 500 words): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Shani Tobias

Contact hours

4 hours (two 2-hour seminars) per week

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

Japanese language


Japanese 11 or equivalent


ATS2152, ATS4152, APG4152, APG5152