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Co-Major (2020)

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Title Japanese
Organisational Unit Global Studies
Special requirements The course is open to beginners, as well as those with some basic Japanese language competency. Students with considerable 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.
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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.
Description The Japanese language is a key to understanding dramatic social and cultural change in modern Japan. The Japanese co-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 semester at a Japanese partner institution. This course provides students with rigorous linguistic and socio-cultural training to become Japan-specialists in their chosen careers.
Other Information Japanese language units must be completed in sequence, normally from JPN101 Japanese 1, which is designed for beginning learners. Students with some basic knowledge of the Japanese language from previous studies through secondary and/or tertiary education or other programs will be advised as to from which unit they should start, after being assessed by the Academic Chair or delegate. 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 (for prior tertiary study of Japanese) will be granted accordingly.

Students who are 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 a semester. Students should consult the Academic Chair for their enrolment plan.
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Co-Major Structure - 18 credit points

100 Level Units - 0-6 credit points

Core Units - 6 credit points

JPN101 Japanese 1 - 3 points

JPN102 Japanese 2 - 3 points

200 Level Units - 9 credit points

Core Units - 9 credit points

JPN201 Japanese 3 - 3 points

JPN202 Japanese 4 - 3 points

JPN203 Japanese 5 - 3 points

300 Level Units - 3 to 12 credit points

On-campus option

Core units - 9 credit points

JPN301 Japanese 6 - 3 points

JPN302 Japanese 7 - 3 points

JPN303 Japanese 8 - 3 points

In-country option

Specified Elective - 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

JPN410 Semester in Japan (II) - 12 points

JPN411 Semester in Japan (III) - 12 points

JPN412 Semester in Japan (IV) - 12 points

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