Handbook

Japanese

Year and Campus: 2014
Overview:

The Japanese 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 maximise acquisition of the language and to develop their 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. Japanese Studies subjects such as Social Problems in Japan help 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.

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 program. Students normally progress through the subjects in consecutive order. Mid-year entry is also possible into subjects with even numbers, subject to appropriate prior experience and approval from the convenor of the Japanese program.

Learning Outcomes:

See the course objectives

Structure & Available Subjects:

Students study Japanese as a Major (100 points) or Minor (75 points) through a progression of six language subjects. The Major also includes an additional two electives.


The entry points for the Major and Minor are as follows:

  • Japanese 1 entry point: Students who have never studied Japanese before or have only rudimentary knowledge of the language usually enter the progression at Japanese 1.
  • Japanese 3 entry point: Students who have completed VCE Japanese (Second language), IB or have an equivalent language level usually enter the progression at Japanese 3.
  • Japanese 5 entry point: Students who perform at an intermediate level in Japanese, for example those who have completed VCE or IB with excellent results or have an equivalent language level usually enter the progression at Japanese 5.
  • Japanese 7 entry point: Students who perform at a advanced level in Japanese, for example those who hold N3 of JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) or have lived or studied in Japan usually enter the progression at Japanese 7.
  • Super advanced Japanese: Students with a very advanced level of language study, including for example those who attended several years of Japanese medium school or have spent several years in a Japanese speaking environment would normally begin their study of Japanese with one of the advanced language subjects.

Students will have their appropriate entry point determined by the Japanese Program, based on evidence of prior learning and/or results of a placement test as required. Please refer the following link for further information: http://www.asiainstitute.unimelb.edu.au/help/undergraduate_students/placement

Students completing a major in Japanese will usually undertake 25 points at level one, 37.5 points at level two and 37.5 points at level three. Students completing a minor in Japanese will usually undertake 25 points at level one, 25 points at level two and 25 points at level three.

Subject Options:

JAPANESE 1 ENTRY POINT

Japanese 1 entry point - Level 1

Students completing a Japanese major or minor with an Japanese 1 entry point are required to complete the following subjects (25 points).

Note:
Japanese 1 and Japanese 2 were formerly called Japanese 1A and 1B respectively

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
12.50
Semester 2
12.50

Japanese 1 entry point - Level 2

Students completing the Japanese major with a Japanese 1 entry point are required to complete the following subjects (37.5 points).


Students completing the Japanese minor are only required to complete Japanese 3 and Japanese 4 (25 points).

Note:
Japanese 3 and Japanese 4 were formerly called Japanese 2A and 2B respectively

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
12.50
Semester 2
12.50

Japanese 1 entry point - Level 3

Students completing the Japanese major with a Japanese 1 entry point are required to complete the following subjects (37.5 points).


Students completing the Japanese minor are only required to complete Japanese 5 and Japanese 6 (25 points).

Note:
Japanese 5 and Japanese 6 were formerly called Japanese 3A and 3B respectively

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
12.50
Semester 2
12.50

JAPANESE 3 ENTRY POINT

Japanese 3 entry point - Level 1

Students completing a Japanese major or minor with a Japanese 3 entry point are required to complete the following subjects (25 points).

Note:
Japanese 3 and Japanese 4 were formerly called Japanese 2A and 2B respectively

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
12.50
Semester 2
12.50

Japanese 3 entry point - Level 2

Students completing the Japanese major with a Japanese 3 entry point are required to complete the following subjects (37.5 points).


Students completing the Japanese minor are only required to complete Japanese 5 and Japanese 6 (25 points).

Note:
Japanese 5 and Japanese 6 were formerly called Japanese 3A and 3B respectively

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
12.50
Semester 2
12.50

Japanese 3 entry point - Level 3

Students completing the Japanese major with a Japanese 3 entry point are required to complete the following subjects (37.5 points).


Students completing the Japanese minor are only required to complete Japanese 7 and Japanese 8 (25 points).

Note:
Japanese 7 and Japanese 8 were formerly called Japanese 4A and 4B respectively

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
12.50
Semester 2
12.50

JAPANESE 5 ENTRY POINT

Japanese 5 entry point - Level 1

Students completing a Japanese major or minor with a Japanese 5 entry point are required to complete the following subjects (25 points).

Note:
Japanese 5 and Japanese 6 were formerly called Japanese 3A and 3B respectively

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
12.50
Semester 2
12.50

Japanese 5 entry point - Level 2

Students completing the Japanese major with a Japanese 5 entry point are required to complete the following subjects (37.5 points).


Students completing the Japanese minor are required to complete Japanese 7 and Japanese 8 (25 points).

Note:
Japanese 7 and Japanese 8 were formerly called Japanese 4A and 4B respectively

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
12.50
Semester 2
12.50

Japanese 5 entry point - Level 3

Students completing the Japanese major with a Japanese 5 entry point are required to complete the following subjects (37.5 points).


Students completing the Japanese minor are only required to complete two of the following subjects (25 points).

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

JAPANESE 7 ENTRY POINT

Japanese 7 entry point - Level 1

Students completing a Japanese major or minor with a Japanese 7 entry point are required to complete the following subjects (25 points).

Note:
Japanese 7 and Japanese 8 were formerly called Japanese 4A and 4B respectively

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
12.50
Semester 2
12.50

Japanese 7 entry point - Level 2

Students completing the Japanese major with a Japanese 7 entry point are required to complete the following subjects (37.5 points).


Students completing the Japanese Minor are only required to complete JAPN20012 and JAPN20011 (25 points).

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
12.50

Japanese 7 entry point - Level 3

Students completing the Japanese major with a Japanese 7 entry point are required to complete the following subjects (37.5 points).


Students completing the Japanese minor are only required to complete JAPN30004 and JAPN30003 (25 points).

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

SUPER ADVANCED ENTRY POINT

NOTE: Only a minor is available for students beginning at the Super Advanced Entry Point.

Super Advanced Entry Point - Level 1

Students completing the Japanese minor with an Advanced entry point are required to complete the following subjects at Level 1 (25 points).

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Super Advanced Entry Point - Level 2

Students completing the Japanese minor with an Advanced entry point are required to complete the following subjects at level 2 (25 points).

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
12.50

Super Advanced Entry Point - Level 3

Students completing the Japanese minor with an Advanced entry point are required to complete the following subjects at level 3 (25 points).

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Links to further information: http://www.asiainstitute.unimelb.edu.au/study/japanese
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts

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