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Monash University Handbook 2011 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 will be placed in the appropriate level at the start of their studies. 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 compulsory 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 12 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 compulsory units in Japanese language or in Japanese studies. The first half of the honours program 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 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. Students who want to study a language as part of their non-Arts course should discuss with their managing faculty:

  • whether you are allowed to include language units as part of your course
  • 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 has 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

First-year sequence

A sequence is normally a first semester first-year level unit which is followed by a second semester first-year level unit in the same discipline.

Minor sequence

Students complete a standard minor chosen from one of the following options:

  • 24 points of core language units
  • 18 points of core language units plus one second-year level elective chosen from units listed below.

Major sequence

Students complete a standard major consisting of six core language units as listed below and also including two electives chosen from units that can be counted towards the discipline.

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 as electives.

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 compulsory units with the permission of the program.

Note: Students must complete ATS3747 Theory and research in Asian studies if they wish to progress into honours.

Basic major sequences

Note: Students may replace some of their compulsory 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.

  • ATS1141 Japanese 1
  • ATS1142 Japanese 2
  • ATS2143 Japanese 3
  • ATS2144 Japanese 4
  • ATS3145 Japanese 5
  • ATS3146 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.

  • ATS1143 Japanese 3
  • ATS1144 Japanese 4
  • ATS2145 Japanese 5
  • ATS2146 Japanese 6
  • ATS3147 Japanese 7
  • ATS3148 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.

  • ATS1145 Japanese 5
  • ATS1146 Japanese 6
  • ATS2147 Japanese 7
  • ATS2148 Japanese 8
  • ATS3149 Japanese 9 - Japanese popular culture
  • ATS3150 Japanese 10 - Introduction to Japanese interpreting and translation
  • 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.

  • ATS1147 Japanese 7
  • ATS1148 Japanese 8
  • ATS2149 Japanese 9 - Japanese popular culture
  • ATS2150 Japanese 10 - Introduction to Japanese interpreting and translation
  • ATS3151 Japanese 11 - Current issues in The Japanese
  • ATS3152 Japanese 12 - Japan and The Asia-Pacific region
  • 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.

  • ATS1149 Japanese 9 - Japanese popular culture
  • ATS1150 Japanese 10 - Introduction to Japanese interpreting and translation
  • ATS2151 Japanese 11 - Current issues in The Japanese media
  • ATS2152 Japanese 12 - Japan and The Asia-Pacific region
  • 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.

  • ATS1153 Japanese for background speakers Part 1
  • ATS1154 Japanese for background speakers Part 2
  • ATS2149 Japanese 9 - Japanese popular culture
  • ATS2150 Japanese 10 - Introduction to Japanese interpreting and translation
  • ATS3151 Japanese 11 - Current issues in The Japanese media
  • ATS3152 Japanese 12 - Japan and The Asia-Pacific region
  • 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

  • ATS2156 Language study in Japan (6 points)
  • ATS2157 Language study in Japan (12 points)
  • ATS2158/ATS3158 Language study in Japan (18 points)
  • ATS3163 Language study in Japan (24 points)

Summer semester intensive In-Country Japanese Program - Kanazawa

Electives

  • ATS2154/ATS3154 Japanese intermediate reading skills **
  • ATS2155/ATS3155 Japanese advanced reading skills ***
  • ATS2382/ATS3382 War and memory in the Asia Pacific: Legacies of World War II
  • ATS2649/ATS3649 Introduction to Japanese sociolinguistics
  • ATS3159 Adjunct unit in advanced Japanese
  • ATS3747 Theory and research in Asian studies*
  • additional compulsory 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)
  • 4077 Bachelor of Arts (International)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 0821 Bachelor of Music
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication

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
  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 4403 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 3537 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Science
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 4423 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3909 Bachelor of Professional Communication and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 1945 Bachelor of Professional Communication and Diploma of Professional Writing