The Japanese Studies program at the Asia Institute is one of the largest Japanese programs in Australia. The language subjects (taught at a range of levels, from beginner to advanced) are designed to maximize acquisition of the language and to develop communication skills in various types of texts, interactional contexts and strategic aspects of meaning making. The curriculum also allows students to develop a broad understanding of cultural, social and historical aspects of Japan. Our language and culture integrated curriculum helps students understand the complexity and diversity of the society, and challenge stereotypes. Teaching staff create a meeting place where students from a variety of cultural backgrounds can explore intercultural language activities to promote intercultural as well as communicative competence.
The Diploma in Languages (Japanese Studies) enables students to gain a diploma in language study while completing an undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne.
Diploma graduates with the equivalent of a BA language major must have completed a BA degree to be eligible to apply for the BA (Honours), otherwise they may apply to enter the postgraduate diploma.
Japanese language subjects are organised in a progressive sequence (of units) from Japanese 1 through to Japanese 8. Entry and exit points are determined by the student’s background in the language, placement testing, prerequisites, or at the discretion of the Japanese Studies program. Students normally progress through the subjects in consecutive order. Mid-year entry is also available subject to approval from the convenor of the Japanese Studies program.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete this diploma will:
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication competency in Japanese, and an in-depth knowledge of Japanese language, culture and society, relative to their entry level
- Combine knowledge of the Japanese language with one or more disciplines through critical research inquiry
- Apply knowledge of the social and cultural diversity of Japan
- Collaborate with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds
- Employ time management and prioritisation skills to set goals and work effectively both independently and in groups
- Participate in and contribute to various forms of discussion as an informed user of the Japanese language
- Evaluate the interdisciplinary nature of Japanese studies to develop new ways of knowing and understanding issues and phenomena in question
Last updated: 29 November 2023