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 Shani Tobias


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, 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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. understand most of the contents of spoken Japanese in direct formal exposition and audio-visual media, such as Japanese TV programs, movies and documentaries;
  2. read and understand Japanese literary works and critical reviews of literary works with the assistance of dictionaries;.
  3. state their opinion logically, accurately and fluently in class discussions about the contents of the visual and reading materials studied in class;.
  4. give a presentation on one of the topics studied in class, explaining information from references, conveying their views and employing an appropriate speech style;.
  5. translate literary texts between Japanese and English taking into account stylistic and cultural factors;
  6. write an essay in Japanese on a topic related to Japanese literature;
  7. demonstrate a basic knowledge of modern and contemporary Japanese literature, literary translation issues and techniques;
  8. use a range of online tools for research and communication in Japanese;
  9. develop independent research skills focussed on analysis of literary texts or translation issues.


Within semester assessment: 70%
Exam: 30%

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


ATS3148 or equivalent