Course Title: Japanese Language and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Japanese Language and Society

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Hiroko Ohashi

Course Coordinator Phone: + 61 3 9925 3975

Course Coordinator Email: hiroko.ohashi

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Japanese 5 or equivalent with coordinator approval.

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Course Description

This course is one of two advanced courses that make a total of eight courses in Japanese studies offered at RMIT University.

This course develops communicative competence, and 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

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

  • Evaluate and use a variety of registers in Japanese in a range of contexts.
  • Present individual research on a chosen topic, demonstrating appropriate norms in presentation techniques in formal work settings in the Japanese context.
  • Communicate increasingly fluently in both oral and written Japanese incorporating up to 320 kanji in a variety of vocational contexts.
  • Apply a wide range of language learning strategies you have acquired, and further demonstrate independent and autonomous learning.
  • 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Communicate effectively in Japanese in a range of forms and in different international and cross-cultural contexts, using appropriate modes of communication including electronic, written, graphic, oral and aural forms
  • Reflect on the role of culture in communication, and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions
  • Access and critically examine a range of resources (including text and electronic) to further your learning in Japanese
  • Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages 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

You may need to purchase a prescribed text and a recommended language dictionary. Multimedia teaching and learning resources and tools will also be used, and made available through MyRMIT Studies.

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 assessment task.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc  

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers:

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 your Program Director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.