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Undergraduate - Area of Study

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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

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.

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 three possible entry levels, catering for students ranging from introductory to proficient. 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 coordinator.

Once students' starting points are determined, they will progress through the language units in sequence. Within the Japanese major, students also take additional elective units in language or in 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 coordinator 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 Asian 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 Asian 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. First year sequence is only available for complete beginners. All other students will commence their studies with second year level units, which may be used as the first part of a major.

Minor sequence

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

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

Major sequence

Students complete a standard major consisting of six 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 language units with alternate intensive in-country units (up to 24 points), or can choose language study abroad units.

Major sequences - choosing the right entry point

There are a number of possible entry points for students wishing to undertake Japanese. 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 should complete ATS3747 Theory and research in Asian studies if they wish to progress into honours.

Japanese major, entry point 1

For students with little or no knowledge of Japanese.

  • ATS1141 Japanese introductory 1
  • ATS1142 Japanese introductory 2
  • ATS2143 Japanese intermediate 1
  • ATS2144 Japanese intermediate 2
  • ATS3145 Japanese proficient 1
  • ATS3146 Japanese proficient 2
  • two third year level electives from the list of electives below
Japanese major, entry point 2

For students with post-VCE competence in Japanese or equivalent.

  • ATS2143 Japanese intermediate 1
  • ATS2144 Japanese intermediate 2
  • ATS2145 Japanese proficient 1
  • ATS2146 Japanese proficient 2
  • ATS3147 Japanese studies advanced 1
  • ATS3148 Japanese studies advanced 2
  • two third year level electives from the list of electives below
Advanced Japanese major, entry point 3

For students with very high post-VCE competence in Japanese or equivalent. A placement test may be necessary.

  • ATS2145 Japanese proficient 1
  • ATS2146 Japanese proficient 2
  • ATS3147 Japanese studies advanced 1
  • ATS3148 Japanese studies advanced 2
  • ATS3149 Japanese studies advanced 3: Popular culture
  • ATS3150 Japanese studies advanced 4: Introduction to Japanese interpreting and translation

then either

  • ATS3151 Japanese Studies Advanced 5: Current issues in the media
  • ATS3152 Japanese Studies Advanced 6: Literature and literary translation

or

  • two third year level electives 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 is required.

  • ATS2153 Japanese for background speakers Part 1
  • ATS2154 Japanese for background speakers Part 2
  • ATS3149 Japanese Studies Advanced 3: Popular culture
  • ATS3150 Japanese Studies Advanced 4: Introduction to interpreting and translation
  • ATS3151 Japanese Studies Advanced 5: Current issues in the media
  • ATS3152 Japanese Studies Advanced 6: Literature and literary translation
  • two third year level electives from the list of electives below

Language units

  • ATS1141/ATS2141 Japanese introductory 1
  • ATS1142/ATS2142 Japanese introductory 2
  • ATS2143 Japanese intermediate 1
  • ATS2144 Japanese intermediate 2
  • ATS2145/ATS3145 Japanese proficient 1
  • ATS2146/ATS3146 Japanese proficient 2
  • ATS3147 Japanese studies advanced 1
  • ATS3148 Japanese studies advanced 2
  • ATS2153 Japanese for background speakers Part 1
  • ATS2154 Japanese for background speakers Part 2
  • ATS3149 Japanese studies advanced 3: Popular culture
  • ATS3150 Japanese studies advanced 4: Introduction to interpreting and translation
  • ATS3151 Japanese studies advanced 5: Current issues in the media
  • ATS3152 Japanese studies advanced 6: Literature and literary translation

Study Abroad units

  • ATS2156/ATS3156 Language study in Japan (6 points)
  • ATS2157/ATS3157 Language study in Japan (12 points)
  • ATS2158/ATS3158 Language study in Japan (18 points)
  • ATS2655/ATS3655 Japanese studies in Japan (12 points)
  • ATS2786/ATS3803 Japanese studies in Japan (6 points)
  • ATS3163 Language study in Japan (24 points)
  • ATS3804 Japanese studies in Japan (24 points)

Summer semester intensive In-Country Japanese Program - Kanazawa

Elective units

  • 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*
  • ATS2652/ATS3652 Japan as empire: From Meiji to 1945
  • ATS2653/ATS3653 Japanese language acquisition and use
  • ATS2648/ATS3648 Japanese society and the new millennium
  • ATS2654/ATS3654 Australia-Japan relations
  • ATS2651/ATS3651 Japanese culture: Identity and tradition
  • Other 2nd/3rd year level Asian Studies units
  • additional 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 coordinator

* Recommended for intending honours students.

** This unit is suitable for students enrolled in Japanese proficient 1/2.

*** This unit is suitable for students enrolled in Japanese studies advanced 1/2 or above

Note: not all elective units are offered each year.

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • 2201 Diploma in Languages
  • 2552 Diploma of Tertiary Studies

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 3920 Bachelor of Arts - at Sunway
  • 4073 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts as a Participant in the Dean's Scholars Program
  • 3914 Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 4077 Bachelor of Arts (International)
  • 2396 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication)
  • 1712 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • 1719 Bachelor of Behavioural Science
  • 2476 Bachelor of Communication - at Sunway
  • 1731 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • 4086 Bachelor of Social Science

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)
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 1806 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 4208 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Education
  • 4089 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences and Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts
  • 4403 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 3537 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Science
  • 2131 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and Bachelor of Science
  • 1798 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 4423 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • 4075 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health)
  • 4076 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Disability
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 1945 Bachelor of Professional Communication and Diploma of Professional Writing