JPNSB Japanese Studies 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 Studies major caters for beginners and for students who have studied Japanese to high school level or equivalent. As well as learning how to speak, read and write Japanese, students examine Japanese history, society and popular culture. Knowledge of the Japanese language offers students access to a major world economic player with strong trade links with Western Australia.

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 and engage with Japanese-language texts and Japan-relevant English language material—written, audio or visual—of an intellectual nature in particular areas of interest and expertise; (4) understand how culturally specific social structures affect interpersonal communication, and determine how to apply this knowledge to their own interactions in a culturally sensitive manner; (5) engage effectively in the key debates on Japanese history, society and culture in a professional manner and produce coherent and well-argued written work; (6) demonstrate competence in a set of transferable skills, including (but not limited to) digital literacy, information management, group working, research skills and critical thinking, as well as an ability to manage and take responsibility for their own learning processes with minimum guidance; and (7) apply their country-specific knowledge in the context of their second major (if applicable).

Degree-specific major

JPNSB Japanese Studies 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 Studies is a degree-specific single major comprising:

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

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS JAPN1401 Japanese 1
Incompatibility:
ATAR Japanese Year 11
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
Complementary units
Take complementary unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS ASIA1001 Asian Societies and Cultures
Incompatibility:
ASIA1101 Exploring Asian Identities
S2, NS ASIA1002 Asia from Colonial to Modern
Incompatibility:
ASIA1102 Creating Asian Modernities

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS JAPN2001 Japanese 3A
Prerequisites:
JAPN1402 Japanese 2
or
JAPN1102 Japanese Beginners II
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

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
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 Studies degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-JPNSB

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 Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. 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 Studies degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-JPNSB-Generic

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

JPNSB Japanese Studies can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

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

Overview of unit sequence

The JPNSB Japanese Studies 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

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS JAPN1401 Japanese 1
Incompatibility:
ATAR Japanese Year 11
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

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, NS JAPN2001 Japanese 3A
Prerequisites:
JAPN1402 Japanese 2
or
JAPN1102 Japanese Beginners II
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

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
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 Studies can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-JPNSB

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

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