ATS3147 - Japanese studies advanced 1 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Japanese Studies


Dr Shimako Iwasaki

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit requires a language entry level testlanguage entry level test (


This is the first part of a sequence progressing from the intermediate to the advanced levels of Japanese. It covers spoken language and contemporary written language through various activities integrating listening, speaking, reading and writing. Activities are built around topics relating to Japanese communication strategies, social issues, their values, and to cultural interaction. This course will provide students with an opportunity to critically analyse information from Japanese-language media regarding current and/or historical issues, write effective narrative/biographical and explanatory reports by using formal and academic Japanese.


Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the gist of short excerpts of Japanese media with assistance and to continue to expand their ability to understand conversations between native speakers in various speech styles;
  2. Understand texts
  3. characters or longer) on topics related to Japan with the assistance of dictionaries;
  4. Refine their ability to communicate using appropriate speech styles in various contexts, to develop their ability to state their opinions and to extract information from others, and to maintain a casual conversation with native speakers without preparation;
  5. Continue to develop their ability to do research presentations on Japan-related topics in which they are interested, including the ability to describe aspects of Japanese culture and society in detail;
  6. Develop the skills to write a research essay (2000-3000 characters) on Japan-related topics with the assistance of various resources and develop the ability to write summaries of texts and oral discussions;

  7. Reinforce their knowledge of the kyooiku kanji acquired so far and develop their knowledge of an additional 150 new kanji frequently used in the Japanese media.


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


Japanese Proficient 2 or equivalent