International Languages and Cultures (2018)

International Languages and Cultures enables students to develop a pathway in an International language; one of Chinese, Japanese, French, or Spanish. The International Languages and Cultures major consists of language acquisition papers, complemented by core culture-oriented papers, with an emphasis on issues of text and translation at 300 level.

The International Languages and Cultures major enables students to develop a pathway in one of Chinese, Japanese, French or Spanish that involves language acquisition papers complemented by culture and translation papers.

International Languages and Cultures is available as a major for the Bachelor of Arts. International Languages and Cultures may also be taken as a second major or as a minor within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

Within the major in International Languages and Cultures there are four language pathways:

* Chinese * French * Japanese * Spanish

To complete a single major in International Languages and Cultures, students must gain 135 points in International Languages and Cultures, comprising one of the following pathways:

Chinese CHINE131, CHINE132, INTLC221, CHINE231, CHINE232, CHINE321, CHINE331 and a further 30 points from 300 level papers listed in the CHINE pathway.

French FRNCH131, FRNCH132, INTLC222, FRNCH231, FRNCH232, FRNCH321, FRNCH331, and a further 30 points from 300 level papers listed in the FRNCH pathway.

Japanese JAPAN131, JAPAN132, INTLC221, JAPAN231, JAPAN232, JAPAN331, JAPAN321, and a further 30 points from 300 level papers listed in the JAPAN pathway.

Spanish SPNSH131, SPNSH132, INTLC222, SPNSH231, SPNSH232, SPNSH310, SPNSH321, and a further 30 points from 300 level papers listed in the SPNSH pathway.

To complete International Languages and Cultures as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points in International Languages and Cultures, comprising one of the following pathways:

Chinese CHINE131, CHINE132, INTLC221, CHINE231, CHINE232, CHINE321, CHINE331 and a further 15 points from 300 level papers listed in the CHINE pathway.

French FRNCH131, FRNCH132, INTLC222, FRNCH231, FRNCH232, FRNCH310, FRNCH321, and a further 15 points from 300 level papers listed in the FRNCH pathway.

Japanese JAPAN131, JAPAN132, INTLC221, JAPAN231, JAPAN232, JAPAN331, JAPAN321, and a further 15 points from 300 level papers listed in the JAPAN pathway.

Spanish SPNSH131, SPNSH132, INTLC222, SPNSH231, SPNSH232, SPNSH310, SPNSH321, and a further 15 points from 300 level papers listed in the SPNSH pathway

Students may replace 15 points with one of FRNCH380, INTLC380 or INTLC381.

In order to meet prerequisites for study at 200 and 300 levels, it is recommended that students intending to major in International Languages and Cultures include INTLC101 in the first year of their programme of study.

Students with prior knowledge of the language they wish to specialise in must follow recommendations for entry points in the relevant subject or consult the relevant Programme Convenor before enrolling in language acquisition papers. Students who gain direct entry into 200-level language papers must include INTLC101 and either SSART105 or a beginners-level paper in another language offered by the university. Alternatively, with the approval of programme convenor, students may take an additional 200- or 300-level paper in their chosen language subject.

Note: Students who commenced a major in International Languages and Cultures in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for programme advice.


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  • Graduate Study

    International Languages and Culture is not currently a subject for the BA(Hons) or MA. However, graduates of a BA in International Languages and Culture with a B average may be eligible to enter graduate papers in the language they have chosen for the INTL&C major, at the discretion of the Chair of the School of Arts.

  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(IntLang&Culture) and GradDip(IntLang&Culture)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included International Languages and Culture at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds18A (Hamilton)
    This cross-disciplinary paper offers students with a rich background for study within the Bachelor of Arts. It is structured around metaphors of journey and cultural encounter and focuses on a variety of texts, images and sounds.
    ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
    CHINE131Chinese Language 1: Part A18A (Hamilton)
    An introductory paper designed for students with no previous knowledge of Chinese. It takes an integrated approach involving all four of the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students with prior knowledge of Chinese should consult the Convenor of Chinese regarding placement.
    CHINE132Chinese Language 1: Part B18B (Hamilton)
    This paper is the continuation of CHINE131/CHIN131 and focuses on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing the Chinese language at an elementary level.
    FRNCH131French for Beginners 118A (Hamilton)
    Students with no prior knowledge of French will acquire basic written and oral communicative skills for everyday situations, corresponding to level A1 of the Common European Framework of reference for Languages.
    FRNCH132French for Beginners 218B (Hamilton)
    This paper develops the skills acquired in FRNCH131 and takes students to level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This is the appropriate entry point for students with two years' secondary school study of French.
    INTLC101International Languages and Cultures18A (Hamilton)
    A cultural perspectives paper with a thematic focus on China, France, Japan, Spain and Latin America
    JAPAN131Japanese 1: Part A18A (Hamilton)
    This paper assumes no previous knowledge of Japanese. It takes an integrated approach to the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    JAPAN132Japanese 1: Part B18B (Hamilton)
    This paper continues from JAPAN131.
    SPNSH131Spanish for Beginners 118A (Hamilton)
    The first of two papers which offers an introduction to Spanish language for real beginners. The emphasis is on communication underpinned by knowledge of the grammatical system of the language.
    SPNSH132Spanish for Beginners 218B (Hamilton)
    The continuation of SPNSH131. This paper aims to build confidence in the language skills already acquired. Equal attention is given to each of the skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    CHINE204Visualising China18A (Hamilton)
    This paper offers a critical examination of a number of key aspects of traditional and contemporary Chinese visual culture within a comparative historical framework. This paper is taught in English, and is delivered largely online.
    CHINE231Chinese Language 2: Part A18A (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing the Chinese language at an intermediate level.
    CHINE232Chinese Language 2: Part B18B (Hamilton)
    This paper is the continuation of CHINE231.
    FRNCH205History and Variation of French18B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the development of the French language, as well as minority languages in France and varieties of French around the world.
    FRNCH231French Language Intermediate 118A (Hamilton)
    Building on prior knowledge of French, this paper uses internet documents with a recent textbook. It takes students partway towards level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
    FRNCH232French Language Intermediate 218B (Hamilton)
    This paper extends knowledge of French acquired in FRNCH231 and takes students to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
    INTLC221Understanding East Asia18B (Hamilton)
    This paper offers a critical examination of historical traditions and contemporary life in East Asia, with a focus on China and Japan, and their roles within a global context. This paper is taught in English and is open to all students, including those who have no prior knowledge of Chinese and Japanese.
    INTLC222European and Latin American Cultures: Tradition and Modernity18B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores aspects of European and Latin American cultures, history and society. This paper is taught in English and is open to all students, including those who have no prior knowledge of French and Spanish.
    JAPAN231Japanese 2: Part A18A (Hamilton)
    This paper for beginners continues from JAPAN132. In combination with JAPAN232 it completes the main corpus of grammar and introduces further skills fundamental to communicative competence.
    JAPAN232Japanese 2: Part B18B (Hamilton)
    This paper continues from JAPAN231. In combination with JAPAN231 it completes the main corpus of grammar and introduces further skills fundamental to communicative competence.
    LINGS203Language, Society and Culture18A (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the relationship between language and culture, particularly in the context of changing Pacific cultures, and relates topics to the main themes of modern linguistics and anthropology.
    SPNSH231Intermediate Spanish 118A (Hamilton)
    This intermediate language acquisition paper enables students to gain competence in grammar, culture and conversation.
    SPNSH232Intermediate Spanish 218B (Hamilton)
    This paper is a continuation of SPNSH231. Students further develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and understanding Spanish.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    CHIN306Reading and Translation Skills18A (Hamilton)
    This paper is designed primarily for native speakers of Chinese and is taught bilingually. It aims to improve students' bilingual reading skills and to develop students' ability to translate from and into Chinese and English.
    CHIN307Political and Economic Modernisation in Chinese-speaking Asia18B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the different models of modernisation adopted in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, focusing on the social, economic, political and cultural aspects of the modernisation process in these four predominantly Chinese speaking regions.
    CHIN321Translation Methodology and Practice18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the methodology and practice of Chinese to English and English to Chinese translation, utilising a variety of readings.
    CHIN331Chinese Language 3: Part A18A (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on advanced Chinese language learning and is a continuation of CHINE232/CHIN232.
    CHIN332Chinese Language 3: Part B18B (Hamilton)
    This paper is a continuation of CHIN331.
    CHIN390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    This paper involves an investigation of a particular topic in the field of Chinese Studies.
    ECON306International Trade and Finance18A (Hamilton)
    This paper considers theoretical and policy issues in relation to international trade and finance.
    FREN305History and Variation of French18B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the history, phonology, morphology and syntax of French and includes advanced study of a French dialect or Creole.
    FREN321Translation Methodology and Practice18B (Hamilton)
    This paper applies translation theory, methodology and ethics to a variety of contexts including journalism, web pages and subtitling.
    FREN331French Language Advanced 118A (Hamilton)
    This paper strengthens French language skills and introduces different registers such as formal and familiar French. It aims to take students to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
    FREN380Study Abroad: Intensive Language Acquisition18T (Block)
    This paper involves an intensive course in French at the University of New Caledonia.
    FREN381Study Abroad 218C (Block)
    This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
    FREN382Study Abroad 318C (Block)
    This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
    FREN390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18T (Block) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    INTL380Study Abroad 118C (Block)
    This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
    INTL381Study Abroad 218C (Block)
    This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
    INTL382Study Abroad 318C (Block)
    This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
    INTL390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    At the discretion of the relevant Programme Convenor, students undertake independent but guided research on a topic of the student's choice.
    JAPA321Translation Methodology and Practice18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the methodology and practice of Japanese to English and English to Japanese translation, utilising a variety of readings and media such as recipes, games and movie subtitling.
    JAPA331Japanese 3: Part A18A (Hamilton)
    This paper gives students the opportunity to further develop and practise their knowledge of Japanese.
    JAPA332Japanese 3: Part B18B (Hamilton)
    This language paper continues from JAPA331.
    JAPA380Study Abroad 118C (Block)
    This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
    JAPA381Study Abroad 218C (Block)
    This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
    JAPA382Study Abroad 318C (Block)
    This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
    JAPA390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    SPAN305Topics in Latin America18A (Hamilton)
    Readings in Spanish American Literature.
    SPAN310Spanish Advanced Language18A (Hamilton)
    This is an advanced language paper designed to enhance oral and written proficiency in the language.
    SPAN321Translation Methodology and Practice18B (Hamilton)
    This paper applies translation theory, methodology and ethics to a variety of contexts including journalism, web pages and subtitling.
    SPAN380Study Abroad 118C (Block)
    This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
    SPAN381Study Abroad 218C (Block)
    This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
    SPAN382Study Abroad 318C (Block)
    This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
    SPAN390Directed Study18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    This paper enables students to carry out an individual research project. Admission to this paper is at the discretion of the Convenor of Spanish.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 16 October 2019 10:03am

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