Course Title: Japanese Social Semiotics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Japanese Social Semiotics

Credit Points: 12.00


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RMIT University Vietnam


840H School of Communication and Design


Viet3 2020,
Viet3 2022

Course Coordinator: Eriko Yamato

Course Coordinator Phone: (84-28) 362 2440

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: SGS 2.5.49

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed LANG1310 Japanese 5 before you commence this course. 

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

Course Description

This course is one of four advanced courses that make a total of ten courses in Japanese studies offered at RMIT University Vietnam. 

This course will extend your communicative competence and proficiency in Japanese. Emphasis will be placed on the further development of your analytical skills in a wide range of discourses. You will examine various aspects of Japanese language and social contexts through a range of authentic written and multimedia materials. You will critically analyse and reflect on contemporary language issues by applying social semiotic theory. 

You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning and to build on your knowledge to a level where you can continue with further self-directed learning. The course will equip you with further language skills with analytical mindset.  

Classes are taught in Japanese. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

PLO1 Communicate effectively 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 with audiences within and external to the discipline. 

PLO4 Adapt and develop effective communication strategies to address linguistic diversity in the workplace. 

PLO5 Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within language related fields. 

PLO6 Identify, evaluate and critically analyse cultural, historical and theoretical practices which contextualise your professional practice and further study of language. 

PLO7 Evaluate and apply technology to increase efficiency and precision in language sensitive working contexts. 

PLO8 Critically analyse resources, evidence and personal experience to make ethical, socially and politically aware decisions related to language and intercultural interpretations and applications 

PLO9 Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages and cross-cultural communication.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

CLO1: Communicate increasingly fluently in both oral and written Japanese in various settings. 

CLO2: Analyse and critique the use and meaning of the Japanese language in a diverse range of authentic spoken and written multimedia materials. 

CLO3: Apply a wide range of language learning strategies you have acquired, and further demonstrate independent and autonomous learning. 

CLO4: Analyse and debate some contemporary issues related to language variation and meaning making process in Japanese language. 

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 authentic materials to analyse specific discourses. 

Various simulation, problem solving exercises and case studies are employed to expose authentic situations. 

Class exercises are supported by language exchange sessions with native speakers, where appropriate. Therefore, regular class attendance and commitment are important to support your learning. 

Delivery may be face-to-face, online or a mix of both. 

Overview of Learning Resources

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

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Report writing, 30% (CLO1, CLO2, and CLO3)

Assessment Task 2: Case analysis, 30% (CLO1, CLO2, and CLO3)

Assessment Task 3: Group project, 40% (CLO1, CLO2, and CLO4) 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.