Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
Organisational UnitJapanese Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou


This unit provides an introduction to the diversity of Japanese language used in everyday life. It explores issues surrounding first and second language users of Japanese, applying the theories and methodologies of various linguistic, social, anthropological, and pedagogical frameworks to aspects of language. The unit cultivates understanding of connections between grammar and social interaction, and broadens understanding of how language supports social structure, culture, and identity. Students are encouraged to think comparatively and explore similarities and differences between Japanese and their own language and cultural experiences.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Be able to demonstrate an understanding of terminology and approaches for examining language use;
  2. Be able to apply theories and analytic methods to understand language practices;
  3. Be able to display a basic, critical understanding of some issues related to the use of Japanese in interaction;
  4. Be able to relate these processes and issues to their own experiences using and learning languages;
  5. Be able to employ general research skills (in library and online research, critical thinking and reading, organisation and synthesis of information, and communication);
  6. Have a foundation for undertaking further studies in linguistics and sociolinguistics.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Completion of ATS1142 Japanese Introductory 2 or above