Japanese (2022)

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 specialisation within the International Languages and Cultures major. Details of the requirements for the Japanese language specialisation can be found under International Languages and Cultures.

Japanese may also be taken as a minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

The point of entry into the Japanese language papers depends on previous experience. Those with no previous experience of Japanese, take JAPAN131 followed by JAPAN231 in the subesequent year. Students with 14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA Japanese or equivalent, will gain direct entry into JAPAN231. Students with excellent results at Level 2 in NCEA Japanese or equivalent, may, at the discretion of the Convenor of Japanese, begin with JAPAN231. Please consult with the Programme Convenor for advice on entry point into Japanese language acquisition papers.

Note: Students are encouraged to contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office for programme advice.

Enrolment into the PGCert, PGDip, BA(Hons) and MA in Japanese will be suspended from 2022.


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  • 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 Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office.

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

    To complete a BA(Hons) in Japanese, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally JAPAN591) 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 across the 300 level papers, or

    b) a BA(Hons) in Japanese (or equivalent) and have gained at least second class honours (second division).

    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 JAPAN502 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.

    Note: There will be no new intake into all of these Graduate qualifications in 2022.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    JAPAN131Japanese for Beginners15.022B (Hamilton)
    This paper assumes no previous knowledge of Japanese. It takes an integrated approach to the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    JAPAN231Intermediate Japanese 115.022A (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing the Japanese language at an intermediate level, and introduces further skills fundamental to communicative competence.
    JAPAN232Intermediate Japanese 215.022B (Hamilton)
    This paper is the continuation of JAPAN231.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    INTLC303Visual Cultures of East Asia15.022A (Online)
    This paper critically examines key forms of East Asian visual culture, with a focus on film and art, and within a comparative context.
    INTLC380Study Abroad 115.022G (Block), 22I (Block) & 22X (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.
    JAPAN331Advanced Japanese 115.022A (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on advanced Japanese language learning and is a continuation of Intermediate Japanese 2.
    JAPAN332Advanced Japanese 215.022B (Hamilton)
    This paper is the continuation of JAPAN331.
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    JAPAN800Japanese MPhil Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    JAPAN900Japanese PhD Thesis120.022I (Hamilton), 22J (Hamilton), 22K (Hamilton) & 22X (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2022 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 7 December 2021 11:14am

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