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Japanese (BA)

  • B1316; B1316ABACHELOR OF ARTS

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Title Japanese (BA)
Course Code B1316; B1316A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Arts
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Takeshi Moriyama | Email: T.Moriyama@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6255

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Japanese
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Some units only: Murdoch campus (external)
Description The Japanese language is a key to understanding the dramatic social and cultural change in modern Japan. The Japanese major, which is open to beginners and those with some knowledge of the language, consists of three years of interactive Japanese language study, fostering the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students are encouraged to combine this with a major in Asian Studies, to strengthen appreciation of Japan's historical, political, economic and cultural context, and its global engagement.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements The course is open to beginners as well as those with language competency. Students with language competency will be granted exemption from lower level language units and will be placed at the level appropriate to their level of competency. Such students may be required to take alternative units to replace the lower level language units.

Native speakers of Japanese or those who have studied for two or more years at post-primary level at a Japanese-medium school cannot enrol in this major.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
Demonstrate an understanding of the broad linguistic and cultural environment of Japan
Demonstrate an understanding of the linguistic and grammatical principles of contemporary Japanese language
Recognise the role and function of Japanese language in understandings of Japanese culture, and its contribution to past and future nationhood.

SKILLS
Identify and interpret a wide variety of spoken and written communication in Japanese.
Understand, interpret, initiate, and respond appropriately to a wide variety of spoken and written forms of Japanese
Examine historical and contemporary issues relating to Japanese language usage, by understanding research according to a range of methodological and ethical conventions.

APPLICATION
Construct and articulate an argument or narrative in Japanese in audio, digital, oral, visual or written form
Identify and reflect on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of Japanese, and the relationship between language and social practice.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
a) The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
b) The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
c) Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the historical, social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts are effective communicators who demonstrate
a) proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
b) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
b) a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
b) critical self-reflection
c) creative problem solving
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
a) give and receive critical feedback
b) work effectively within team environments
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Employment Prospects A variety of employment in Japan, particularly in the private business and education sectors; teaching, hospitality, media and other specialist positions in Australia and elsewhere engaging with Japanese people or companies.
Recommended Double Majors Asian Studies; Global Politics and Policy; History; International Aid and Development; International Aid and Development (OUA)
Recommended Minors Anthropology; Asian Studies; Indonesian; Modern History
Professional Accreditation Separate professional accreditation as an interpreter or and translator is available through application to and testing by the NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters).
Excluded Minors Japanese
Further Studies In-Country Study:
Students are strongly encouraged to consider in-country study options based on Murdoch's student exchange agreements with Japanese universities (currently 10 partner institutions). Up to two semesters of JPN443 Semester in Japan can be incorporated into this major. A postgraduate option is also offered under the Graduate Diploma in Asian Language (In-Country). A wide range of scholarship opportunities and financial assistance are available. Please seek advice from the Academic Chair.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

JPN101 Japanese 1 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

JPN102 Japanese 2 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

AST102 Asian Centuries - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

JPN201 Japanese 3 - 3 points
MURDOCH: UA3-internal

JPN202 Japanese 4 - 3 points
MURDOCH: AU1-internal

JPN203 Japanese 5 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR300 Advanced Research in the Arts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

JPN301 Japanese 6 - 3 points
MURDOCH: UA3-internal

JPN302 Japanese 7 - 3 points
MURDOCH: AU1-internal

JPN303 Japanese 8 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Recommended General Electives

Students should seek advice from the Academic Chair before enrolling in:

JPN443 Semester in Japan - 12 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

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