UWA Handbook 2017

Major details

FURTHER INFORMATION

Briellen Anthony

The Japanese Studies Society holds a lively conversation club every week and runs two short-term tours to Japan. These provided wonderful opportunities to apply the language skills and knowledge I've gained through my Japanese major, and I have made many lifelong friends and improved my communication skills along the way.

JPNSB Japanese major

Studying Japanese language, culture and society means taking a significant step towards becoming Asia-literate—an important attribute for future global citizens, particularly in Australia. The Japanese major caters for beginners and for students who have studied Japanese to high school level or equivalent. Japanese popular culture, from anime to J-pop, has wide appeal and Japan continues to be a major world economic player forging strong trading links with Western Australia. Knowledge of the Japanese language offers you a passport to Asia's popular and business culture. UWA is fortunate to have a traditional Japanese tatami room which is used for conversation practice and functions. Joining the Japanese Students' Association will provide you with excellent opportunities for language practice, cultural exchange, socialising and networking.

This major is taken by beginners. It is incompatible with a pass in WACE Japanese: Second Language JSL2A/2B or higher.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) show competence in the Japanese language in the four skills of language acquisition—reading, writing, listening and speaking; (2) operate effectively in daily conversations or complex discussions in social and academic work situations; (3) understand Japanese texts—written, audio or visual—of an intellectual nature in particular areas of interest and expertise; and (4) express relevant ideas and arguments in writing.

By the end of this major students will have achieved Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level N3.

Degree-specific major

Degree-specific major

JPNSB Japanese can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

JPNSB Japanese is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, NS JAPN1401 Japanese 1 Incompatibility: WACE Japanese: Second Language JSL2A/2B or higher; JAPN1101 Japanese Beginners I
S2, NS JAPN1402 Japanese 2 Prerequisites: JAPN1401 Japanese 1 or JAPN1101 Japanese Beginners I
Incompatibility: JAPN1102 Japanese Beginners II

Level 2

Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, NS JAPN2001 Japanese 3A Prerequisites: JAPN1402 Japanese 2 or JAPN1102 Japanese Beginners II
Co-requisites: JAPN2403 Japanese 3
Incompatibility: JAPN2201 Japanese Intermediate Bridging
S1, NS JAPN2403 Japanese 3 Prerequisites: JAPN1402 Japanese 2 or JAPN1102 Japanese Beginners II
Co-requisites: JAPN2001 Japanese 3A
Incompatibility: JAPN2203 Japanese Intermediate I
S2, NS JAPN2404 Japanese 4 Prerequisites: JAPN2403 Japanese 3 or (JAPN1403 Japanese 3 and JAPN1001 Japanese 3A) or JAPN2203 Japanese Intermediate I
Incompatibility: JAPN2204 Japanese Intermediate II

Level 3

Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2, NS ASIA3002 Issues in Japanese Society and Culture Prerequisites: any Level 2 ASIA unit or two Level 2 JAPN units
Incompatibility: ASIA2218 Japan: Social and Cultural Tensions; ASIA2214 Japan in Changing Asia; ASIA2217 Shifting Identities in Japan
S1 JAPN3405 Japanese 5 Prerequisites: JAPN2404 Japanese 4 or JAPN2204 Japanese intermediate II
Incompatibility: JAPN3305 Japanese Advanced I
S2 JAPN3406 Japanese 6 Prerequisites: JAPN3405 Japanese 5 or JAPN3305 Japanese Advanced I
Incompatibility: JAPN3306 Japanese Advanced II

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the JPNSB Japanese degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-JPNSB (opens in a new window)

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the JPNSB Japanese degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-JPNSB-Generic (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

JPNSB Japanese can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Second major

JPNSB Japanese can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BP003 Bachelor of Design
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

The JPNSB Japanese second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, NS JAPN1401 Japanese 1 Incompatibility: WACE Japanese: Second Language JSL2A/2B or higher; JAPN1101 Japanese Beginners I
S2, NS JAPN1402 Japanese 2 Prerequisites: JAPN1401 Japanese 1 or JAPN1101 Japanese Beginners I
Incompatibility: JAPN1102 Japanese Beginners II

Level 2

Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, NS JAPN2001 Japanese 3A Prerequisites: JAPN1402 Japanese 2 or JAPN1102 Japanese Beginners II
Co-requisites: JAPN2403 Japanese 3
Incompatibility: JAPN2201 Japanese Intermediate Bridging
S1, NS JAPN2403 Japanese 3 Prerequisites: JAPN1402 Japanese 2 or JAPN1102 Japanese Beginners II
Co-requisites: JAPN2001 Japanese 3A
Incompatibility: JAPN2203 Japanese Intermediate I
S2, NS JAPN2404 Japanese 4 Prerequisites: JAPN2403 Japanese 3 or (JAPN1403 Japanese 3 and JAPN1001 Japanese 3A) or JAPN2203 Japanese Intermediate I
Incompatibility: JAPN2204 Japanese Intermediate II

Level 3

Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2, NS ASIA3002 Issues in Japanese Society and Culture Prerequisites: any Level 2 ASIA unit or two Level 2 JAPN units
Incompatibility: ASIA2218 Japan: Social and Cultural Tensions; ASIA2214 Japan in Changing Asia; ASIA2217 Shifting Identities in Japan
S1 JAPN3405 Japanese 5 Prerequisites: JAPN2404 Japanese 4 or JAPN2204 Japanese intermediate II
Incompatibility: JAPN3305 Japanese Advanced I
S2 JAPN3406 Japanese 6 Prerequisites: JAPN3405 Japanese 5 or JAPN3305 Japanese Advanced I
Incompatibility: JAPN3306 Japanese Advanced II

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how JPNSB Japanese can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-JPNSB (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

JPNSB Japanese can also be taken as a degree-specific major.