ATS2653 - Japanese: Language, culture and communication - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Japanese Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Robyn Spence-Brown


Dr Robyn Spence-Brown

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Completion of ATS1142 Japanese Introductory 2 or above




The unit provides an introduction to the diversity of Japanese language in context and a foundation in Japanese applied-linguistics, socio-linguistics and intercultural communication. It aims to expand your understanding of Japanese language and society, and your awareness of how language is used to express social meanings and identity. Drawing on research utilising a range of sources, including popular culture, the unit explores topics such as language structures, styles and variation, politeness and implications for identity. You will be encouraged to think comparatively and to explore similarities and differences between Japanese and other languages. Classes are designed to be relevant to students from Intermediate to Advanced levels of Japanese, including native speakers.


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

  1. apply theories and analytical methods to examine Japanese language use and practices;
  2. discuss issues related to communication in Japanese, including intercultural communication;
  3. critically reflect upon their own experiences of learning and using Japanese;
  4. locate, summarise and critically review relevant research, both orally and in writing.


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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