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Japanese (BA)


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Title Japanese (BA)
Course Code B1356
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Global Studies
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Japanese
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Description The Japanese language is a key to understanding 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 on the Perth campus, with a choice of including, upon successful application, one or more semesters at a Japanese partner institution. This course provides students with rigorous linguistic and socio-cultural training to become Japan specialists in their chosen careers.
The Bachelor of Arts at Murdoch is a degree unlike any other in Australia. It embraces new directions in teaching and practice-based learning to train the thinkers and researchers of the 21st century. So many of the biggest and most vital issues we face today are about human society and the human condition. How can we understand who we are, how we want to live, or what kind of society we want to create, without the insights, knowledge and skills provided by the humanities? Our degree is different because we teach our students to put these into practice in a way that is recognised and valued by employers. Our graduates are empowered to be the agile and creative thinkers who will thrive in a rapidly changing world. They are able to think creatively, communicate effectively, manage projects, exercise highly-developed analytical and interpersonal skills, and they possess an in-depth knowledge of contemporary societal issues and trends. These are professional skills which are recognised and valued universally. In short, you can study what you love and get a job too!
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admissions requirements

English competence.
Special Requirements The course is open to beginners as well as those with some Japanese language competency. Students with language competency may be granted exemption from lower level language units and 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.
Major Learning Outcomes Learning Outcomes
[1] Demonstrate proficiency in comprehension of texts written in contemporary Japanese aimed at a general readership.
[2] Demonstrate proficiency in use of the contemporary Japanese writing system (hiragana, katakana and several hundred of the most commonly used kanji characters).
[3] Demonstrate proficiency in oral communication in contemporary Japanese in a range of social and academic settings.
[4] Identify and apply the linguistic and grammatical principles of contemporary Japanese language in written and oral communication.
[5] Construct and articulate critical or creative arguments or narratives in contemporary Japanese in written and oral form.
[6] Evaluate the cultural role and function of Japanese language in Japanese society.
Course Learning Outcomes Students will:

LO 01 Possess broad and coherent knowledge of the content, theoretical perspectives, research methods and practices of a discipline in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
LO 02 Design and manage self-directed projects of increasing sophistication involving both independent inquiry and collaborative work.
LO 03 Construct critically reflective arguments that identify, analyse and evaluate complex issues, texts and data in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
LO 04 Persuasively communicate complex information, concepts and problems through clear and accurate written work, creative artefacts and verbal presentations.
LO 05 Recognise and practice well-developed interpersonal skills and ethical practice in collaboration with people from diverse backgrounds.
LO 06 Develop innovative and imaginative approaches to the application of knowledge and skills in the arts, humanities and social sciences to a range of practical tasks and experiences.
Employment Prospects A variety of employment in business, teaching, hospitality, media and other specialist positions in Australia and elsewhere, engaging with Japanese people or companies, and in Japan, particularly in the private business and education sectors.
Recommended Double Majors Games Art and Design; History
Recommended Minors Asian Studies
Professional Accreditation Separate professional accreditation as an interpreter and/or translator is available through application to and testing by NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters).
Excluded Minors Japanese
Credits and Exemptions Japanese language units must be completed in sequence, normally from JPN101 Japanese 1, which is designed for beginning learners. Students with some knowledge of the Japanese language from previous studies through secondary and/or tertiary education or other programs will be advised from which unit they should start, after being assessed by the Academic Chair. In cases where students are advised to start with a higher unit than JPN101, preclusion (exemption without credit points) or advanced standing with credit points will be granted accordingly.
In-Country Study Units Students in this major are strongly encouraged to consider integrating the in-country study units on offer through the Japanese program into their course. A wide range of scholarship opportunities and financial assistance are available. Please seek advice from the Academic Chair. Note that students who take the 12-point unit to study in Japan may require up to 27 points of study to complete the full major.

Students granted exemptions from lower-level units such as JPN101 and JPN102 after being assessed by the Academic Chair or delegate are strongly encouraged to consider integrating in-country study units for up to two semesters in their 3rd year. Typical enrolment plans include:
Year 1 - JPN201 and JPN202 in Semester 1; JPN203 in Semester 2
Year 2 - JPN301 and JPN302 in Semester 1; JPN303 in Semester 2
Year 3 - JPN4xx Semester in Japan (III) - 12 points in Semester 1; JPN4xx Semester in Japan (IV) - 12 points in Semester 2

As in the case above, where the total credit points of Japanese units exceed 24 pts, the balance is counted as General Electives. Students should consult the Academic Chair for their enrolment plan.
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

Course Core - 24 credit points

100 Level Units - 9 credit points

Spine Unit - 3 credit points

MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

Course Core Units - 6 credit points

ART101 Coming into Community - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 112 places) (closed), S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external


ART102 Inventing the Future - 6 points
Not available this year

200 Level Units - 15 credit points

Spine Units - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external

ART208 Presenting in Public: Writing and Performing for Professional Contexts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ART325 Professional Placement - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

AIS308 Working with Indigenous Communities: Internship - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

COD303 Preparing for Professional Community Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

POL340 Public Policy Internship - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

AST384 Asian Studies Project - 3 points
MURDOCH: AU7-external, S1-external, W-external

Course Core Units - 9 credit points

ART201 Global Citizenship - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

ART202 The Weight of Data - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

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

Major Units - 24 credit points

Options - 24 credit points

Select from any of the available Majors, Co-Majors or Minors

Major Structure - 24 credit points

100 Level Units - 6 credit points

Core Units - 6 credit points

JPN101 Japanese 1 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

JPN102 Japanese 2 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

200 Level Units - 9 credit points

Core Units - 9 credit points

JPN201 Japanese 3 - 3 points
MURDOCH: AU3-internal

JPN202 Japanese 4 - 3 points
MURDOCH: AU1-internal

JPN203 Japanese 5 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

300 Level Units - 9 or 12 credit points

On-campus option

Core Units - 9 credit points

JPN301 Japanese 6 - 3 points
MURDOCH: AU3-internal

JPN302 Japanese 7 - 3 points
MURDOCH: AU1-internal

JPN303 Japanese 8 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

In-country option

Specified Electves - 12 credit points

Enrolment by application only; a unit level from (I) to (IV) is determined based on the applicant's study prior to participation in this in-country unit. After completing JPN203 Japanese 5, students are normally enrolled in JPN311 Semester in Japan (I).

Select from the following:

JPN311 Semester in Japan (I) - 12 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

JPN410 Semester in Japan (II) - 12 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

JPN411 Semester in Japan (III) - 12 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

JPN412 Semester in Japan (IV) - 12 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

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