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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 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 and presenting summaries and reports 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 local Japanese community.The following areas are given special attention:1. To extend the knowledge of Japanese grammar and vocabulary in as many different areas as possible;2. To improve students’ reading comprehension of a variety of texts written for native-speaker readers;3. To improve the ability to summarize and report verbally in Japanese;4. To improve writing skills in 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 societyand current affairsbe able to converse in Japanese on a broad range of Japan-related topicsbe able to read and comprehend a variety of texts written for native-speaker readershave acquired competency in summarizing and reporting verbally in Japanesehave gained competency in writing reports and essays in Japanesehave acquired research, analysis and writing skills & other competencies readily transferrable to a variety of disciplineshave advanced intercultural awareness and sensitivity.Also, students willdevelop 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, which will in turn heighten 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 local 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:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
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.
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.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
There is no required textbook for this course.
Domestic fee $952.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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.