JAPA495-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Japanese Professional and Community Engagement

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


This is a professional and community engagement course designed specifically for students specializing in Japanese. The course provides an opportunity for the practical application of students’ Japanese skills and theoretical and research issues in an authentic Japanese business or community environment with faculty supervision, guidance, and evaluation.

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.

Course Aims:

• To develop students’ awareness of how their study of Japanese can enhance their capacity to engage with the Japanese business community and other organizations, thereby enhancing their value as a UC graduate.

• To complete Japanese language-based assignments and projects that are viewed as meaningful, productive, useful and timely by both the student and the Japanese business or community entity involved.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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 organize 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.

      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 is the requisite course to complete a major in Japanese at BA level.


Course Coordinator

Susan Bouterey

Contact Person

Susan Bouterey


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Presentation 10% Presentation
Internship Reflective Diary 10% Internship Reflective Diary
Project scoping essay 10% Project scoping essay
Reflection essay 20%
Internship 50% Internship

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,046.00

International fee $8,850.00

* 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.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 5

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

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