2006 HMA120 Asian Languages and Cultures (Japanese)

Unit Level: Introductory

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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SPECIAL NOTE: This unit is NOT available to students with any knowledge of Japanese. Available as an elective to students of other courses; equivalent units in Chinese (HMA121) and Indonesian (HMA122) are taught on a rotational basis.

Not Offered


Provides basic linguistic skills in Japanese language, and a basic knowledge of Japanese culture.
The unit provides students with basic oral/aural communicative skills in Japanese and some familiarity with written forms of the language. At the same time students are introduced to basic norms and values of Japanese social interaction, and to key issues in Japanese culture, politics and society.

By the completion of the unit students should be able to conduct conversations in various everyday situations in a communicative way, to interact in varying contexts expressing appropriate degrees of politeness, and be capable of drawing comparisons with the expression of values through language in their own cultures. Through this unit they will also have gained skills which can be used to look at examples of basic communication in relation to their own field of interest -- eg tourism, business, computing etc.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: oral exam (20%), 2-hr written exam (20%), continuous assessment (35%), individual 1,000-word project (25%)

TEACHING PATTERN: 1 hr lecture, 2 seminars weekly

M.Excl not available to students who have undertaken one or more language subject in Japanese language

STAFF: Ms Takame Ueki-Sabine (Coordinator) Dr Maria Flutsch

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