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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton

Description

The Japanese studies program offers units in Japanese language, and in Japanese studies (see the Japanese studies entry in this section of the Handbook). A major and a minor are available in both of these areas of study.

The Japanese language program currently provides instruction in the Japanese language from six possible entry levels each semester, catering for students ranging from beginners to semi-native speakers. Students will be placed in classes appropriate to their ability, which will vary according to their previous study (at school and at other institutions) and their experience in Japan.

Students with previous study of Japanese should consult with the Japanese program convenor. Students are not permitted to accelerate their enrolment without first consulting the program convenor.

Once students' starting points are determined, they will progress through the core language units in sequence. Within the Japanese major, students also take additional elective units in language or in Japanese or Asian studies. Higher-level language study is available through the honours and postgraduate programs.

Students attend weekly lectures and tutorials, and learn through interacting with teachers, classmates and Japanese people in and out of the classroom and through the use of information technology.

Right of school to determine entry level and approve accelerated enrolment

The Japanese program convenor retains the right to determine the proper proficiency level for any particular student.

Study in Japan - exchange programs

The Japanese program has been active in developing exchanges and there are now agreements with 11 Japanese institutions. While each exchange has its own features, collectively they provide a wide range of opportunities for students to study in Japan. The credit arrangements vary and need to be clearly verified with the Japanese exchange program coordinator before a student can be assured of receiving credit. Language units and Japanese studies units can be taken in Japan as a substitute for core units in Japanese language or in Japanese studies. The first semester of the honours year can also be spent in Japan. Students wishing to study in Japan are encouraged to take both Japanese language and Japanese studies units. A range of scholarships are available from the university and from the Japanese Government.

For further information visit http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/japanese/about/exchanges.php or contact the exchange program coordinator within the Japanese program.

Study in Japan - Kanazawa program (intensive summer course)

The Japanese program currently runs a unique 10-week, fee-paying, in-country language study program with Ishikawa Prefecture. Students can complete two semesters of study (12 points) on an intensive basis. Students are eligible to apply for Monash Study Abroad grants. The program allows students to understand more about Japanese culture and society, as well as language. Contact the in-country program coordinator within
the Japanese program for further information.

Non-Arts students

In some non-Arts courses students are able to take Arts electives and count them towards their course. If you decide that you want to study a language as part of your non-Arts course you should discuss with your home faculty:

  • whether you are allowed to include language units as part of your course
  • check with your home faculty how many units/credit points you may study and at what year-level
  • how to select the appropriate language units in which to enrol.

Note: Because some students will be unable to study language as first-year level units, the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics have created second-year level codes to enable non-Arts students to complete the equivalent of a first-year sequence in their chosen language. Students wishing to enrol in these units must discuss any future enrolment with the relevant language program before enrolling.

Units

Major sequences - choosing the right entry point

Students wishing to undertake Japanese have the option of starting in one of six entry points. The following sequences are provided as guides only. Study abroad units can be taken in place of any core units with the permission of the program.

Note: Students must complete ASN3071 if they wish to progress into honours.

Basic major sequences

Note: Students may replace some of their core language units with alternate intensive in-country units (up to 24 points), or can choose language study abroad units.

Basic Japanese major, entry point 1

For students with little or no knowledge of Japanese.

  • JPL1010 Japanese 1
  • JPL1020 Japanese 2
  • JPL2030 Japanese 3
  • JPL2040 Japanese 4
  • JPL3050 Japanese 5
  • JPL3060 Japanese 6
  • one second or third year level elective from the list of electives below
  • one third year level elective from the list of electives below
Basic Japanese major, entry point 2

For students with post-VCE, lower competence in Japanese or equivalent - placement test necessary.

  • JPL1030 Japanese 3
  • JPL1040 Japanese 4
  • JPL2050 Japanese 5
  • JPL2060 Japanese 6
  • JPL3070 Japanese 7
  • JPL3080 Japanese 8
  • one second or third year level elective from the list of electives below
  • one third year level elective from the list of electives below

Advanced major sequences

Advanced Japanese major, entry point 3

For students with post-VCE, higher competence in Japanese or equivalent - placement test necessary.

  • JPL1050 Japanese 5
  • JPL1060 Japanese 6
  • JPL2070 Japanese 7
  • JPL2080 Japanese 8
  • JPL3090 Japanese 9
  • JPL3100 Japanese 10
  • one second or third year level elective from the list of electives below
  • one third year level elective from the list of electives below
Advanced Japanese major, entry point 4

For advanced students who may have spent time in Japan. Not suitable for students who have been educated in Japan - placement test necessary.

  • JPL1070 Japanese 7
  • JPL1080 Japanese 8
  • JPL2090 Japanese 9
  • JPL2100 Japanese 10
  • JPL3110 Japanese 11
  • JPL3120 Japanese 12
  • one second or third year level elective from the list of electives below
  • one third year level elective from the list of electives below
Advanced Japanese major, entry point 5

For very advanced students, not suitable for students who have been educated in Japan - placement test necessary. Students wishing to complete a major commencing at this level require program permission.

  • JPL1090 Japanese 9
  • JPL1100 Japanese 10
  • JPL2110 Japanese 11
  • JPL2120 Japanese 12
  • two third year level language electives from the list of language electives below
  • one second or third year level elective from the list of electives below
  • one third year level elective from the list of electives below
Advanced Japanese major for heritage/background speakers

For students who have a home background in Japanese, or students who do not have a home background but who have completed two or more years of formal education in Japan, or else can demonstrate equivalent competence. A placement test may be required.

  • JPL1550 Japanese for background speakers Part 1
  • JPL1560 Japanese for background speakers Part 2
  • JPL2090 Japanese 9
  • JPL2100 Japanese 10
  • JPL3110 Japanese 11
  • JPL3120 Japanese 12
  • one second or third year level elective from the list of electives below
  • one third year level elective from the list of electives below

Language units

Language Study Abroad units

Summer semester intensive In-Country Japanese Program - Kanazawa

Electives

  • ASN2010/ASN3010 Global change and changing identities in Asia
  • ASN3071 Theory and research in Asian studies*
  • JPL2752/JPL3752 Intermediate Japanese reading skills**
  • JPL2852/JPL3852 Advanced Japanese reading skills***
  • JPL3000 Adjunct unit in advanced Japanese
  • JPS2150/3150 Japanese culture: Identity and tradition
  • JPS2180/3180 Japan as empire
  • JPS2530/3530 Japanese language acquisition and use
  • additional core language units - this option allows students who are completing their degree over four years (or who complete an intensive summer course) to complete a four-year sequence in Japanese if their course structure permits
  • electives from other disciplines with substantial Japanese studies content may be approved by the Japanese program convenor

* Prerequisite for honours.

** This unit is suitable for students enrolled in level 5/6.

*** This unit is suitable for students enrolled in level 7/8 or above.

Relevant Courses

Diplomas

  • 2446 Diploma in Arts (Japanese Studies)
  • 2372 Diploma in Languages (Japanese)

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts as a Participant in the Dean's Scholars Program
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1275 Bachelor of Communication
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 0821 Bachelor of Music
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts

Double degrees

  • 3277 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0555 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 3912 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Information Systems
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 2672 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computer Science
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 1541 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-primary
  • 1641 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-secondary
  • 3906 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 0080 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 0002b Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 3909 Bachelor of Communication and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 1945 Bachelor of Communication and Diploma of Professional Writing
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts