Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitJapanese Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou


Previously coded JPS3130


This unit introduces students to the study of the basic aspects of the Japanese language and system of communication, as well as intercultural communication. Topics include communication problems, speech acts, politeness, discourse structure.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Be able to demonstrate an understanding of sociolinguistics and to be able to employ some of the terminology used within the discipline.
  2. Be able to explain the processes of communication found in native Japanese communication situations as well as in intercultural contact situations.
  3. Be able to display a critical understanding of some issues related to communicating in Japanese or English with native speakers of Japanese.
  4. Be able to relate these processes and issues to their own experiences and observations of Japanese use.
  5. Be able to employ advanced research skills (research questions, methodologies, data management and analysis)
  6. Be able to employ a range of enquiry techniques.


Written work: 60%
Exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture-seminar and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Completion of ATS2144 Japanese Intermediate 2 or above AND one of ATS2653 Japanese language acquisition and use, ATS2648 Contemporary Japan, ATS2382 War and memory in the Asia Pacific: Legacies of World War II, ATS3652 Japan as empire: From Meiji to 1945, ATS3089 Social institutions and power in East Asia