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Signs and Symbols in Japanese (JAPN20009)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeJAPN20009
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject aims to provide students an overview of the current Japanese writing system, consisting of three types of script, kanji, hiragana and katakana. Students will learn the historical backgrounds of these types of script, and learn the current structural and functional characteristics of each type of script in writings by analysing how it is used in writings. Students will ahve opportunities to observe the recent chnages in the use of the script and other signs and symbols, and analyse their functions in relation to other words. Students who complete this subject will gain knowledge of Japanese words, and developskills for the accurate comprehension and appropriate reproduction of the words in reading and writing.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

learn the historical and cultural aspects of three script;
learn the current structural and functional characteristics of each type of the script, and the recent changes in the use of the script and other signs and symbols;
develop skills for the accurate comprehension and appropriate reproduction of the words for effective reading and writing;
develop metalinguistic awareness through being engaged in analytical tasks and
gain self-directed and collaborative learning skills through various group research tasks.

Last updated: 11 January 2018