Japanese Studies Descriptions

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Japanese Studies

1000 level units of study

Language
JPNS1611 Japanese 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive December,Intensive February,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 2x1hr tutorials/week Prohibitions: HSC Japanese Continuers or HSC Japanese Beginners or HSC Japanese Background Speakers or JPNS1113 or JPNS1114 or JPNS1111 or HSC Japanese Extension Assessment: 5x100wd script quizzes (10%), 1x750wd speaking test (10%), 1x750wd listening test (10%), 1x2hr final exam (40%), 1x500wd culture final test (20%), 1x participation including online (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This beginners' unit introduces basic communication skills in understanding and speaking Japanese. Students will also learn to write the two Japanese syllabaries and approximately 60 kanji characters and to recognise at least 100 kanji characters in context. Relevant socio-cultural information is integrated with the language learning.
JPNS1612 Japanese 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive February,Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 3x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: JPNS1111 or JPNS1611 Prohibitions: JPNS1112 or JPNS1123 or JPNS1124 or JPNS1125 or JPNS1121 Assessment: 5x100wd kanji quizzes (10%), 1x1000wd speaking test (20%), 1x1000wd listening test (20%), 1x2000wd final exam (40%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit develops both the basic communication skills and the learning skills introduced in semester one. Students will continue to learn to use and understand Japanese in meaningful, everyday contexts. They will be able to write more than 150, and to recognise at least 200 kanji characters in context. Relevant socio-cultural information is integrated with the language learning.

2000 level units of study

Language
JPNS2611 Japanese 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: HSC Japanese Continuers with a final mark of less than 70% or HSC Japanese Beginners with a final mark of 65% or more or JPNS1121 or JPNS1612 Prohibitions: JPNS1114 or JPNS2212 or 70% or greater in HSC Japanese Continuers Assessment: 10x100wd quizzes (10%), 1x500wd writing test (15%), 1x500wd speaking test (15%), 1x500wd listening test (10%), 1x2hr final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit consolidates basic grammar and introduces intermediate grammar, through grammar tutorials, communicative methods and reading and writing practice. By the end of the semester, students should be able to keep up a conversation for a short time in a dialogue, to write short passages without the assistance of dictionaries, to read narrative texts, and to recognise the difference between written and spoken modes of communication in Japanese. Students will be able to write approximately 200 kanji and to recognise about 300 kanji.
JPNS2612 Japanese 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: JPNS1114 or JPNS2212 or JPNS2611 Prohibitions: JPNS1124 or JPNS2222 Assessment: 10x100wd quizzes (10%), 1x500wd writing test (15%), 1x500wd speaking test (15%), 1x500wd listening test (10%), 1x2hr final exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to consolidate basic grammar and introduce intermediate grammar through grammar tutorials, communicative methods and reading and writing practice. By the end of the semester, students are expected to be able to sustain a conversation about a selected topic for several minutes in a dialogue, to write a well-structured short Essay without the assistance of dictionaries, and to read Japanese texts on a wide variety of topics. They will be able to write approximately 300 kanji and to recognise about 400 kanji.
JPNS2621 Japanese 5

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive January,Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: HSC Japanese Extension, or 70%+ in Japanese Continuers, or JPNS1124, or JPNS2222, or JPNS2612 Prohibitions: JPNS2213 Assessment: Weekly online quiz and class participation (10%), 2x30min in-class quiz (10%), 1x50min Mid-semester test (20%), 1x50min listening test (10%), 1x400wd communication task and presentation (20%), 1x2hr exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to develop students' speaking, writing and reading skills for the intermediate level of Japanese, so that they are able to use Japanese in a variety of situations. Students will be expected to achieve the following linguistic skills: switch to appropriate speech style in formal and informal situations; express opinions and thoughts; write about 350 kanji and recognise at least 600 kanji. Writing and reading practice will consolidate grammatical, lexical and cultural knowledge.
JPNS2622 Japanese 6

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive February,Semester 2 Classes: 3x1hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: JPNS2621 or JPNS2213 Prohibitions: JPNS2223 Assessment: Weekly online quiz and Tutorial participation (10%), 2x30min in-class quiz (10%), 1x50min Mid-semester test (20%), 1x50min listening test (10%), 1x400wd communication task and presentation (20%), 1x2hr exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to consolidate and extend intermediate level linguistic skills, through the acquisition of conversational strategies such as notions of apology, reasoning, opinions and explanations. Besides oral practice, writing and reading practice will help strengthen grammatical, lexical and cultural knowledge. Students will be able to read about 850 kanji and write about 500 kanji by the end of the semester. The above aims will be achieved by exploring various topics relating to contemporary Japan through authentic materials.
Culture
JPNS2670 Introduction to Japanese Literature

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: JPNS2612 Prohibitions: JPNS3621 or JPNS3622 or JPNS3631 or JPNS3632 Assessment: 1x1.5hr final exam (40%), 1x1hr mid-semester test (20%), 1x1000wd essay in Japanese (20%), 1x1000wd class presentation (10%), 5x300wd online activities (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study aims at fostering socio-cultural understanding and appreciation of Japanese literature by reading short stories. Students are expected to develop reading skills while enjoying the contents and contexts of the stories they read. The comprehension of Japanese literary texts enables students to gain an insight into the writers' themes and expressions and is relevant to contemporary life. English translations will be used in conjunction with Japanese material. Students are expected to develop a critical appreciation of Japanese literature with its social backgrounds.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
JPNS2672 Japanese Media and Popular Culture

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: JPNS1124 or JPNS2222 or JPNS2612 Prohibitions: JPNS3106 or JPNS2301 or JPNS3621 or JPNS3301 or JPNS3631 Assessment: 2xclass quizzes (equivalent to 1000wds each) (34%), 1xresearch based project (equivalent to 2500wds) (41%), 1x1.5hr exam (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to explore the new Japan and its youth cultures and to guide students to understand and broaden their knowledge of changing aspects of Japanese culture and society. Topics from Japanese traditions through to contemporary popular culture will be analysed. Learning activities include reading media texts (e.g. newspaper articles), video analysis, discussion, research and video conferences. The unit also provides students with opportunities to pursue their interests and develop cultural knowledge and communication skills.
ASNS2672 Japan in East Asia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level Assessment: 2x250wd quiz (10%), 1x2000wd essay (20%), 1x1500wd exam (40%), 1x500wd tutorial presentation (20%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit places the modern and contemporary history of Japan within its East Asian context. We will examine a number of key events and subjects pertaining to the relations between Japan, China and Korea. Doing so we will touch sensitive and controversial topics, become aware of differing views of history prevalent in these countries and understand why the historical question constitutes a major political issue in East Asia.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
ICLS2111 Essentials of Language Learning

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 26hr online instruction and activities per semester. Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points or 12 credit points at 1000 level in ICLS Assessment: Online Participation (15%), 1x1000wd Guided Data Analysis and Report (15%), 1x1500wd Independent Data Collection and Presentation (30%), 1x2000wd Data Analysis and Report (40%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This online unit is for language learners. It explores issues of translatability, of moving between languages at a range of levels from words to discourse. It equips students to use language learning as a window on cultural concepts, and to develop communicative competence in their target language.
ICLS2635 Science Fiction: The Future is Now

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Vrasidas Karalis Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in International and Comparative Literary Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Film Studies Assessment: 1x5 minute oral presentation with written one page plan equivalent to 1000 words (10%), 2x2500wd essays (2x45%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Science Fiction is one of the most interesting explorations of human future. Yet it addresses a number of social, political and existential issues that refer to the present: dilemmas, phobias and hopes of a world traumatised by war, disease and internal contradictions. Through the comparative study of novels and movies, this unit explores how the future, from a promised land of a great utopia, has become the dreadful exile into a dark dystopia.

3000 level units of study

Language
JPNS3611 Japanese 5

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: JPNS2612 or HSC continuers 70 and above or HSC extension less than 75 Prohibitions: HSC Japanese extension more than 70 Assessment: Weekly online and class participation (10%), 2x in-class quiz 200wds equivalent (10%), 1x mid-semester test 900wds equivalent (20%), 1x listening test 800wds equivalent (10%), 1x communication task and presentation 400wds equivalent (20%), 1x 2hr exam 2000wds equivalent (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to develop students' speaking, writing and reading skills for the intermediate level of Japanese, so that they are able to use Japanese in a variety of situations. Students will be expected to achieve the following linguistic skills: switch to appropriate speech style in formal and informal situations; express opinions and thoughts; write about 350 kanji and recognise at least 600 kanji. Writing and reading practice will consolidate grammatical, lexical and cultural knowledge.
JPNS3612 Japanese 6

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: JPNS3611 Prohibitions: JPNS3621 Assessment: Weekly online and tutorial participation (10%), 2x in-class quiz 200wds equivalent (10%), 1x mid-semester test 900wds equivalent (20%), 1x listening test 800wds equivalent (10%), 1x communication task and presentation 400wds equivalent (20%), 1x 2hr exam 2000wds equivalent (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to consolidate and extend intermediate level linguistic skills, through the acquisition of conversational strategies such as notions of apology, reasoning, opinions and explanations. Besides oral practice, writing and reading practice will help strengthen grammatical, lexical and cultural knowledge. Students will be able to read about 850 kanji and write about 500 kanji by the end of the semester. The above aims will be achieved by exploring various topics relating to contemporary Japan through authentic materials.
JPNS3621 Japanese 7

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: JPNS1123 or JPNS2223 or JPNS2622 or HSC continuers 90 and above or HSC extension 70 and aboveor JPNS3612 Prohibitions: JPNS2301 Assessment: 5x150wd kanji quizzes (15%), 1x750wd mid-semester test (15%), 1x750wd speaking test (15%), 1x750wd listening test (15%), 1x1.5hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study involves a range of learning activities for further development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Classes are divided into two components: communication and reading. In communication classes exercises will include discussion, short essays, role-plays, short reading passages and translation exercises. Reading will be focused on various types of contemporary authentic non-fiction texts including newspaper articles. By the end of this unit of study, students will be able to read approximately 1100 kanji.
JPNS3622 Japanese 8

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: JPNS3621 or JPNS2301 Prohibitions: JPNS2302 Assessment: 5x150wd kanji quizzes (15%), 1x750wd mid-semester test (15%), 1x750wd speaking test (15%), 1x750wd listening test (15%), 1x1.5hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The learning activities of this unit of study are designed to consolidate and extend skills acquired in JPNS3621. Classes are divided into two components: communication and reading. In communication classes, exercises will include discussion, short essays, role-plays, short reading passages and translation exercises. Reading will be focused on various types of contemporary authentic non-fiction texts including newspaper articles. By the end of this unit of study, students will be able to read approximately 1350 kanji.
JPNS3631 Japanese 9

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: JPNS2302 or JPNS3622 Prohibitions: JPNS3301 Assessment: 1x750wd midterm reading in class test (10%), 5x kanji quizzes equivalent to 500wds total (5%), 1x750wd mid term grammar in class test (10%), 1xOral Presentation equivalent to 500wds (10%), 1xOral test in class equivalent to 500wds (15%), 1x1500wd Final exam (40%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims at the further development of skills beyond the intermediate level of Japanese. The goals of the unit include the development of skills in language analysis; the understanding of unfamiliar texts of a non-specific nature; the ability to summarise, to evaluate texts critically and to appreciate authentic Japanese texts, including literary texts. At the conclusion of the unit, students will be able to write 800 kanji and recognise some 1600 kanji.
JPNS3632 Japanese 10

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: JPNS3301 or JPNS3631 Prohibitions: JPNS3302 Assessment: 1 x communication presentation (equiv to 900wd)(20%), communication participation (equiv to 450wd)(10%), 1x Mid-term test (equiv to 1350wd)(30%), 1x2hr exam (equiv to 1800wd)(40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims at revising and extending students' language skills to a higher level in order to achieve confidence and proficiency in expressing views in written and spoken Japanese. Students are expected to develop analytical skills in reading a variety of contemporary texts from different genres, to evaluate information critically, and to express opinions through discussions on a wide range of research topics. Students will be able to write 1000 kanji and recognise some 1945 Joyo kanji.
Culture
JPNS3002 Historical Texts and Cultures of Japan

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: JPNS1123 or JPNS1125 or JPNS2223 or JPNS2622 Assessment: 4x250wd translation exercises (20%), 1x2000wd mid-semester test (30%), 1x3000wd final exam (40%), seminar participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Understanding the language and culture of Japan's past is critical to a full appreciation of the modern country. This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of classical Japanese and explores the cultural context in which that language lived. We will examine such things as temple inscriptions, ancient poems, medieval songs and warrior scrolls.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
JPNS3633 Syntax and Translation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: JPNS2622 or JPNS3611or JPNS3621 Assessment: 5x200wd online submissions (20%), 1x1000wd class presentation (15%), 1x2000wd translation project (40%), 1x2000wd translation commentary (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will provide students with an understanding of Japanese syntax, which will aid them in reading advanced texts. We will then examine some basic concepts from Translation Studies, and put these into practice through a range of texts. Students will develop their understanding of the complexities of Japanese to English translation.
JPNS3650 Japanese Language and Identity

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr seminar/week and 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: JPNS2612 or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Japanese Studies Prohibitions: JPNS2671 or JPNS3621 or JPNS3622 or JPNS3631 or JPNS3632 Assessment: 5xonline quizzes (equivalent to 1000wds) (5%), participation (5%), 1xdata analysis (equivalent to 1000wds (30%), 1x2000wd critical response (30%), 1x2hr exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will apply methods of linguistic analysis to explore a number of key language strategies used in Japanese to construct speakers' social identity, and their relationships both with people they are talking to (interlocutors) and people they are talking about (referents). Students will collect and analyse authentic data in a guided research project, and will use the results of that analysis in writing a critical response to the work of other scholars in the field.
JPNS3673 Japanese Society

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: JPNS2223 or JPNS1123 or JPNS2622 or JPNS1125 or JPNS3611 or JPNS3621 or 12 credit points each at 2000 level in either Japanese Studies or Asian Studies Prohibitions: JPNS3314 Assessment: continuous class assessment including class quizzes, tests, presentation and written assignments (equivalent to 5000wds) (83%), 1x1hr exam (17%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Is Japan a unique country? What are the similarities and differences between Japan, Australia and other countries? This unit of study offers students the opportunity to explore various aspects of contemporary Japanese society and culture through reading Japanese texts in the original, through group discussions, and through cross-cultural comparisons. Students will develop their own opinions on a range of social and cultural issues while improving their reading, analytical, and both oral and written communication skills.
JPNS3676 Monsters and Ghosts: Japanese Fantasy and SF

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: JPNS1123 or JPNS1125 or JPNS2223 or JPNS2622 Assessment: 2x500wd in-class quizzes (2x8%), 1x1500wd presentation (25%), 1x1500wd essay (25%), 1x2000wd research project (34%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit of study will focus on fantasy and science fiction as means of representing the Other in modern Japanese literature and popular culture. Building on Tzvetan Todorov's definition of the fantastic as a hesitation between the realistic and the supernatural, it will analyse the way in which Japanese fantasy tackles issues of modernity, gender and cultural difference in a variety of genres and media, including the novel and short story, manga, anime and film, from the Meiji period to the present.

Interdisciplinary project unit of study

JPNS3998 Industry and Community Project

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive February,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: 72 credit points Corequisites: Interdisciplinary Impact in any major. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Block mode
This interdisciplinary unit provides students with the opportunity to address complex problems identified by industry, community, and government organisations, and gain valuable experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. In collaboration with a major industry partner and an academic lead, students integrate their academic skills and knowledge by working in teams with students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. This experience allows students to research, analyse and present solutions to a real¿world problem, and to build on their interpersonal and transferable skills by engaging with and learning from industry experts and presenting their ideas and solutions to the industry partner.
JPNS3999 Interdisciplinary Impact

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive December,Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: Completion of at least 90 credit points Prohibitions: Interdisciplinary Impact in another major Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Interdisciplinarity is a key skill in fostering agility in life and work. This unit provides learning experiences that build students' skills, knowledge and understanding of the application of their disciplinary background to interdisciplinary contexts. In this unit, students will work in teams and develop interdisciplinarity skills through problem-based learning projects responding to 'real world problems'.