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The purpose of this course is to prepare students to, on the one hand, conduct research using Japanese materials and, on the other hand, for the work environment through practical training in writing, communicating and giving spoken presentations in Japanese. In addition, the course aims to provide some 'authentic,' real-life experience in using Japanese, and to build community links, through engagement with the Japanese Community/Community of Practice and Learning Community. Students will be given the opportunity to further develop their communicative competence and a variety of other skills through project work. JAPA 317 will build upon the prerequisite courses, JAPA 326 Advancing Japanese B and JAPA305 Japanese Language 3.
The purpose of this course is to prepare students to, on the one hand, conduct research using Japanese materials and, on the other hand, for the work environment through practical training in writing, communicating and giving spoken presentations in Japanese. In addition, the course aims to provide some ‘authentic,’ real-life experience in using Japanese, and to build community links, through engagement with the Japanese Community/Community of Practice and Learning Community. Students will be given the opportunity to further develop their communicative competence, including translation and interpreting skills, and a variety of other skills through project and assignment work. JAPA317/414 will build upon the prerequisite courses, JAPA326 Advancing Japanese B and JAPA305 Japanese Language 3.The following areas are given special attention:1. To improve students’ reading comprehension of a variety of texts written for native-speaker readers.2. To extend the knowledge of Japanese grammar and vocabulary in as many different areas as possible;3. To improve the ability to summarize and report verbally on a broad range of topics in Japanese;4. To improve writing and verbal communication skills in Japanese;5. To improve students’ ability to work effectively between the two languages (English and Japanese)
As a student in this course you will acquire increased knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and society. You will also acquire skills in all four areas of the language, with an emphasis on oral presentations, reading, and writing. On successful completion of this course, the student should:be familiar with, and able to critically evaluate, various aspects of contemporary Japanese society and current affairs and relate them to biculturalism in Aotearoa NZbe able to converse in Japanese on a broad range of Japan-related topics and on biculturalism in Aotearoa NZbe able to read and comprehend a variety of texts written for native-speaker readershave acquired competency in summarising and reporting verbally in Japanesehave gained competency in writing reports and essays in Japanesehave acquired some competency in applying translation and interpreting skills to work effectively between the two languages, Japanese and Englishhave acquired research, analysis and writing skills & other competencies readily transferrable to a variety of disciplinesHave advanced intercultural awareness and sensitivityAlso, students will:develop an understanding of the influence of global conditions on Japan, and be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts – attributes that are sought by employers and that can be used in a range of applications;have a familiarity with ethnic diversity and indigenous cultures in Japan, and a heightened awareness and understanding of the cultural landscape and biculturalism in Aotearoa NZ;develop specific linguistic skills for oral and written presentations in Japanese that will enhance their opportunities for a successful career;have had opportunities to engage with members of the Japanese community as well as the wider Community of Practice and Learning Community, and to reflect on their own role and performance within those communities.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Subject to approval of the Programme Head.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
There is no required textbook for the course. Students will be provided with handouts for class readings. Students will be expected to study and research around the set class topics independently, and to make extensive use of relevant resources in the university library.• Unseen short articles (in-class handouts)• Seen chapters in books and articles (provided in advance)
Information about the Japanese Programme, including degree requirements, can be found at:
Domestic fee $1,641.00
International fee $7,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences