Course Title: Japanese Language and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Japanese Language and Society

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1276

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

LANG1296

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

LANG1313

RMIT University Vietnam

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Viet3 2019

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1276

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

UGRDFlex17 (ISV)

Course Coordinator: Emma Dalton

Course Coordinator Phone: + 61 3 9925 3455

Course Coordinator Email: emma.dalton@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.37

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Japanese 5 or equivalent with coordinator approval.

It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete Japanese 6 before enrolling in this course. Students who have reached an upper-intermediate level of language proficiency may be allowed to enrol following a Placement Test. Contact the Course Coordinator or Program Administrator for advice on the Placement Test.

Note: A student’s enrolment in a course for which s/he holds more advanced qualifications and/or experience may be cancelled at any time of the semester. This cancellation may involve forfeiture of credit and students may remain liable for course fees.

 


Course Description

This is an advanced course that aims to consolidate your Japanese language skills. You will develop your reading, writing, oral and aural comprehension skills in a wide range of personal, vocational and social settings.

In this course you will develop advanced skills in oral and written communication skills through Japanese language for vocational and professional needs, with an emphasis on written and verbal presentation skills.

You will critically reflect on contemporary Japanese society, literature and language use, and consider the relationships between behaviour and language.

Classes are taught in Japanese.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

  • Critically reflect on the role of culture in communication and society and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions locally and globally.
  • Work independently and in diverse teams to solve problems, using effective communication strategies demonstrating ethical and reflective practice.
  • Adapt and develop effective communication strategies to address linguistic diversity in the workplace.
  • Critically analyse resources, evidence and personal experience to make ethical, socially and politically aware decisions related to language and intercultural interpretations and applications.
  • Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages and cross-cultural communication.
 


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and use a variety of registers in Japanese in a range of contexts.
  2. Present individual research on a chosen topic, demonstrating appropriate norms in presentation techniques in formal work settings in the Japanese context.
  3. Communicate increasingly fluently in both oral and written Japanese becoming skilled in the use of required kanji in a variety of vocational contexts.
  4. Apply a wide range of language learning strategies you have acquired, and further demonstrate independent and autonomous learning.
  5. Critically examine some of your own cultural values and norms and make comparisons to those of Japan, further expanding your knowledge of cross-cultural communication issues and challenges.

If undertaking this course as a postgraduate student you will be required to demonstrate higher capacity for application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the relationships between culture and language, and cross-cultural communication.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be able to work in pairs and small groups to develop your language skills. Oral exercises will provide you with opportunities to practise your spoken Japanese while you will use listening exercises to analyse features such as pronunciation to improve your listening skills.

Cultural understanding and the relationship between language and behaviour will be discussed. Various role-plays, exercises and games are employed to expose potential difficulties, which may arise in cross-cultural communication.

Class exercises are supported by language exchange sessions with native speakers, where appropriate. We will be doing many pair and group activities in which you are expected to participate actively and to use only Japanese Therefore, regular class attendance is important to support your learning.


 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

You may need to purchase a prescribed text and a recommended Language dictionary. Multi-media teaching and learning resources and tools will also be used and made available through our online systems which you can access at myRMIT/studies.

The University Library has extensive resources for Japanese language students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.


Overview of Assessment

 

You will be required to submit a range of assessments throughout the semester to demonstrate how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and capabilities. Assessment tasks may involve working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks (for example, in-class tests, essays, class presentations, group projects, debates, learning diaries, final exams etc). You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks.

Weighting on the assessment tasks for postgraduate students will vary with an additional or expanded or expanded assessment task.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equity Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: https://www.rmit.edu.au/about/governance-and-management/governance/policies/assessment-policy