Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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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)Jeremy Breaden


This unit provides advanced students of the Japanese language with theoretical and practical knowledge of the socio-cultural and communicative challenges in workplaces where the Japanese language is used, and the strategies employed to tackle those challenges. The unit addresses a variety of real-life professional settings and roles, including working in a Japanese organisation, using Japanese with clients and collaborators, and functioning as a linguistic and cultural intermediary. Students will extend their existing language skills in various modes of face-to-face and electronic communication, and engage with key ideas regarding organisations and interpersonal relationships in and around Japan.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Comprehend a variety of spoken and written texts used routinely in Japanese-language workplaces
  2. Use spoken and written Japanese appropriate to professional contact situations, and appreciate how non-native speaker identity is constructed and negotiated in such situations
  3. Employ strategies for mediating interactions involving the use of both Japanese and English languages, including interpreting and translation
  4. Apply a range of disciplinary approaches to understanding business institutions and organisations in a Japanese context
  5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts and terms used to describe and discuss Japanese approaches to work and professional interaction
  6. Read critically and engage with existing research, with the potential to facilitate life-long learning.
  7. Demonstrate independent research skills including enquiry techniques, critical thinking, and skills of oral and written communication.


In-class tests: 30%
Research paper(within semester): 50%
Interactive task(within semester): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar and one 2-hour tutorial per week; 8 hours private study, consisting of 4 hours assigned reading and class preparation time and 4 hours assignment/quiz preparation time and participation in online unit community

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


ATS3147, ATS4147