JAPA414-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Advanced Japanese Language A

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


The purpose of this course is to prepare students to conduct research using Japanese materials. It will build upon the prerequisite 300-level course. On successful completion of JAPA414, the student should be able to read, comprehend, and summarise articles on various topics in standard modern Japanese.

The Japanese Professional and Community Engagement internship is an ideal complement to your Japanese studies. Training in this area will help you to develop key skills in engagement with the Japanese business community, professional enterprise, cultural competence and innovation.

Through opportunities to work within a Japanese company, you will learn to provide productive outcomes, develop strategies, enhance your Japanese communication skills. In JAPA395 you will spend approximately 150 hours working on with a Japanese business or community group, and conduct a number of assignments and projects for that entity, as well as later complete academic assessments related to those projects.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Use Japanese language appropriate for the Japanese community/business environment with confidence, cultural sensitivity and accuracy
  • Explain key concepts of Japanese business/community strategy, employment/community practices and the work-life balance in Japanese with confidence and accuracy
  • Present the findings of an individual research project in Japanese with confidence and accuracy
  • Recognise, analyse and apply knowledge from their Japanese studies to the real-world Japanese business/community environment
  • Evaluate the structures and processes that organise practices and conditions in the Japanese community/business world
  • Research, plan, present and implement a project related to the New Zealand-Japanese community/business environment
  • Apply theory critically to analyse the community/workplace environment vis-à-vis NZ practices and biculturalism in NZ
  • Apply specific disciplinary knowledge within the real-world Japanese business and community environment
  • Use self-reflective approaches typical of the Japanese business/community environment to devise and analyse problem-solving initiatives
  • Critically evaluate project outcomes in a manner suitable to the Japanese business/community environment and reflect on one's own role and performance within those communities.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      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.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


JAPA326 with at least a B pass, or
ARA course BLJA702 with at least a B pass, and subject to approval of the Programme Director.


JAPA317, JAPA407

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 12:00 James Logie 517
4 Mar - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 Rehua 002 Lectorial
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Susan Bouterey


Alistair Swale


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignments (4) 30%
Participation & Engagement 10%
Short essay 18%
Project 42% Product (30%) Facebook tasks (3%) In-class presentations (4%) Reflection report (5%)

Textbooks / Resources

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:

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,023.00

* 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 .

All JAPA414 Occurrences

  • JAPA414-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024