This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any 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 faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Offered by||School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics|
The Japanese language program offers units in Japanese language, and in Asian studies (see the Asian studies entry in this section of the Handbook at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2013handbooks/aos/asian-studies/ug-arts-asian-studies.html). 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.
The Japanese program coordinator retains the right to determine the proper proficiency level for any particular student.
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 Asian 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.
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. See http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/japanese/ugrad/kanazawa.php for further information.
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:
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.
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.
Students complete a standard minor chosen from one of the following options:
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.
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.
For students with little or no knowledge of Japanese.
For students with post-VCE competence in Japanese or equivalent.
For students with very high post-VCE competence in Japanese or equivalent. A placement test may be necessary.
plus one of the following options:
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.
* 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
**** Unit details available at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2013handbooks/aos/asian-studies/ug-arts-asian-studies.html.