JAPA415-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Advanced Japanese Language B

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


The purpose of this course is to prepare students to conduct research using Japanese materials. It will build upon the prerequisite course, JAPA414: Advanced Japanese Language A. On successful completion of JAPA415, the student should be able to read, comprehend, and critique 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.

At the end of the course you will be able to present and share your experiences with the other students in Japanese.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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
  • be able to converse in Japanese on a broad range of Japan-related topics
  • be able to read and comprehend a variety of texts written for native-speaker readers.
  • have acquired competency in summarizing and reporting verbally in Japanese
  • have gained competency in writing reports and essays in Japanese
  • have acquired research, analysis and writing skills & other competencies readily transferrable to a variety of disciplines
  • have advanced intercultural awareness and sensitivity
    • 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.


JAPA414 and subject to approval of the Programme Director.


JAPA318, JAPA407

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 James Logie 517
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 A7
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Susan Bouterey


Masayoshi Ogino


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Short fortnightly presentations 22%
Translation assignment and reading comprehension 20%
Participation and Engagement 10%
Fieldtrip report 8%
Portfolio 40%

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 .

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