Japanese (2018)

The Japanese programme in the School of Arts consists of Japanese language and culture papers. The language acquisition papers are designed for learners of Japanese as a foreign or second language. The cultural papers are taught in English and are also available to non-language students.

Japanese is available as a pathway within the International Languages and Cultures major. Details of the requirements for the Japanese language pathway can be found under International Languages and Cultures. Japanese is available as a minor within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of studies in which the student is enrolled.

The point of entry into the Japanese programme depends on previous experience. Students with little or no prior knowledge of Japanese will start with JAPAN131. Students with 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Japanese, or good results in NCEA Level 2 Japanese should start from JAPAN231. Students who are uncertain about where to start should consult with the Programme Convenor of Japanese.

Note: Students who commenced a major in Japanese in 2010 or prior should contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office for advice. Normally, candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in Japanese papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in Japanese papers above 200 level. Students interested in studying Japanese for their major can do so through International Languages and Cultures.


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  • 100 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    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.
  • 200 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    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.
    JAPAN208Traditional JapanThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    JAPAN209Modern JapanThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    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.
  • 300 level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    FASS396Work Placement18C (Block) & 18D (Block)
    This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
    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.
    JAPA307Modern Japanese Popular Culture and MediaThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    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.
  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(Jap) and GradDip(Jap)

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

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

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Jap), PGDip(Jap), BA(Hons) and MA.

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Japanese papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Japanese papers or all their undergraduate Japanese papers.

    To complete a BA(Hons) in Japanese, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally JAPA591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Japanese.

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA in Japanese, a student should have completed either:

    a) a BA with a major in International Languages and Cultures: Japanese pathway (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Japanese papers or all of their undergraduate Japanese papers, or

    b) a BA(Hons) in Japanese (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

    Completion requirements for the MA in Japanese vary depending on admission criteria:

    Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including JAPA502 and either a 120 point thesis, or a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

    Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    JAPA501General Japanese for Graduate Studies18B (Hamilton)
    Advanced Japanese involving all four skills of language acquisition (listening, speaking, reading and writing).
    JAPA502Japanese for Academic Research18A (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    JAPA520Special Topic18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    JAPA590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    JAPA591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    JAPA592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    JAPA593Japanese Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    JAPA594Japanese Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
  • Prescriptions for the MPhil

    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    JAPA800Japanese MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • Prescriptions for the PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    JAPA900Japanese PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 20 November 2017 4:56pm

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