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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Japanese Studies


Dr Shani Tobias



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit is designed to develop students' Japanese language skills to an advanced level, while introducing them to Japanese literature and film, as well as approaches to literary translation and subtitling. Students will develop reading and listening 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, focusing on modern and contemporary Japanese literature and film.


Upon successful completion of the 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 movies;
  2. read and understand Japanese literary works, Japanese captions and related materials 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 based on a class project, conveying their views and employing an appropriate speech style;
  5. translate literary/audio visual 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/film;
  7. demonstrate a basic knowledge of modern and contemporary Japanese literature and film, translation issues and techniques;
  8. use a range of online tools for research and communication in Japanese;
  9. develop independent research skills in relation to the analysis/translation of literary/audiovisual texts.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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