JAPA435-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Independent Course of Study: Readings in Contemporary Japanese Literature

30 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


Independent Course of Study: Readings in Contemporary Japanese Literature

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 a range of knowledge and skills, including:

  • skills in reading Japanese literature in the original;
  • skills in translating Japanese literary works;
  • familiarity with a number of representative contemporary Japanese writers;
  • familiarity with, and skills in ‘reading’ and analysing, a selection of contemporary Japanese short stories;
  • an understanding of the relationships between the selected works and their social, cultural and historical contexts;
  • a familiarity with issues faced by indigenous cultures in Japan, and their cultural expressions of those issues, which will in turn heighten awareness and understanding of the cultural landscape and biculturalism in Aotearoa NZ;
  • skills in research, analysis, essay writing and oral presentation – key critical and communicative skills that are sought by employers and can be used in a range of applications.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      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.


Subject to approval by the Head of Department

Course Coordinator

Susan Bouterey

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,046.00

* 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 JAPA435 Occurrences

  • JAPA435-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024