Courses - Faculty of Arts


Japanese

Stage I

JAPANESE 130
15 Points

JAPANESE 130G
15 Points

Japanese Language 1A

An integrated basic course in modern Japanese covering reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Restriction: May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed

JAPANESE 131
15 Points

Japanese Language 1B

Further develops the basic proficiency in modern Japanese necessary to communicate in limited situations. Uses a range of exercises and activities to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as strategies to enhance and support these skills. Introduces some sociocultural aspects directly related to language-use situations. Note: Students with NCEA level 2 Japanese or equivalent should enrol in this course.

Prerequisite: JAPANESE 130 or approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed

JAPANESE 150
15 Points

Exploring Japan

Covers Japanese cultural history from the pre-historic age until the 1990s, and serves as an introduction to contemporary Japan. It deals with such diverse fields as Japanese literature, economy, the political system, Japan's position in the world, popular culture, social structures and gender relations. No knowledge of the Japanese language is required.

JAPANESE 178
15 Points

Japanese Study Abroad 1

Formal language study in an approved overseas institution where instruction is in Japanese. May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed.

Prerequisite: Approval of Academic Head or nominee

Stage II

JAPANESE 222
15 Points

Structural Analysis of the Japanese Language

Structural analysis of the pronunciation, grammar, script and usage of the modern Japanese language.

Corequisite: JAPANESE 231 or 232

JAPANESE 231
15 Points

Japanese Language 2A

Further develops the basic proficiency in modern Japanese necessary to communicate in everyday situations. Uses a range of exercises and activities to develop communicative use of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in a range of situations as well as strategies to enhance and support these skills. Note: Students with NCEA level 3 Japanese or equivalent should enrol in this course.

Prerequisite: JAPANESE 131 or approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: JAPANESE 230, 239. May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed

JAPANESE 232
15 Points

Japanese Language 2B

A continuation of JAPANESE 231 covering more advanced grammar. By the end of the course, students will have acquired all essential grammar items and will be ready to explore more authentic materials in Stage III. Further develops communicative use of the language in speaking, listening, reading and writing in various situations and strategies to enhance and support these skills.

Prerequisite: JAPANESE 231 or approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: JAPANESE 230, 239. May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed

JAPANESE 240
15 Points

Villains and Heroes in Japanese Literature

Critically examines important works related to Japan's literature and culture, from various genres and all periods including the present. Readings in English translation. Emphasis on production and reception of literary texts within such contexts as history, gender, ethnicity, religion, the environment, and power issues.

Prerequisite: 45 points in BA courses, including either JAPANESE 150 or ASIAN 100

Restriction: JAPANESE 340

JAPANESE 241
15 Points

Japanese Popular Culture since 1945

Examines post-1945 Japanese popular culture such as manga, anime, music and literature, from the perspective of how they have dealt with issues such as national/cultural identity, 'race', war memory, gender and globalisation. The historical and political context of each text and cultural practice is emphasised. No knowledge of Japanese language required.

Prerequisite: 45 points in BA courses

Restriction: JAPANESE 341

JAPANESE 243
15 Points

Geisha and Samurai: Edo Literature

Explores literary works and other writings and media from early modern (Edo/Tokugawa) Japan, focusing on the way these texts reflect aspects of Edo culture. Texts in English translation.

Prerequisite: 45 points in BA courses, including either JAPANESE 150 or ASIAN 100

Restriction: JAPANESE 343

JAPANESE 270
15 Points

Japanese Culture and Traditions

Examines important aspects of Japanese culture, society, and history. Focuses particularly on the creation and recreation of traditions, and the interaction between cultural and historical forces in shaping society. The course consists of four thematic parts, dealing with history, education, family, and health.

Prerequisite: 45 points in BA courses, including either JAPANESE 150 or ASIAN 100

Restriction: JAPANESE 370

JAPANESE 277
15 Points

Japanese Study Abroad 2A

Refer to the entry for Language Study Abroad.

Prerequisite: Approval of Academic Head or nominee

JAPANESE 278
15 Points

Japanese Study Abroad 2B

Refer to the entry for Language Study Abroad.

Prerequisite: JAPANESE 277 and approval of Academic Head or nominee

JAPANESE 292
15 Points

Special Topic

Stage III

JAPANESE 307
15 Points

Classical Language and Culture

Introduction to the classical Japanese language and culture. Involves extensive readings of selected works from the classics in the original language.

Prerequisite: 45 points at Stage II in Japanese

Corequisite: JAPANESE 331 or 332

JAPANESE 308
15 Points

Religion in Modern Japanese Society

The aim of this course is to understand the role of religious beliefs, practices, and institutions in modern Japanese society. Topics to be covered include the “invention” of State Shinto and its role in nation-building, the decline of established temple Buddhism, the emergence and impact of new religious movements, and social conflict related to religion-state issues in the postwar period.

Prerequisite: ASIAN 100 and 30 points at Stage II in Asian Studies or 45 points in Stage II BA courses, including one of the following: ANTHRO 250, JAPANESE 240, 241, 243, 270, THEOLOGY 201 or THEOREL 201, SOCIOL 213

Restriction: ASIAN 708

JAPANESE 324
15 Points

Topics in Japanese Linguistics

A study of selected areas of Japanese language structure and usage.

Prerequisite: 45 points at Stage II in Japanese including JAPANESE 222

Corequisite: JAPANESE 331 or 332

Restriction: JAPANESE 728

JAPANESE 328
15 Points

Advanced Japanese

An advanced course in Japanese language acquisition designed for students who, upon completing JAPANESE 332, wish to obtain further language skills in Japanese.

Prerequisite: JAPANESE 332

JAPANESE 331
15 Points

Japanese Language 3A

Further develops communicative use of the Japanese language in and beyond everyday situations. With greater focus on written Japanese, students will explore a variety of authentic materials including essays, folk tales, poems and visual texts that contain both traditional and contemporary cultural elements. Students are encouraged to study autonomously as well as collaboratively.

Prerequisite: JAPANESE 232

Restriction: JAPANESE 330, 338, 339. May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed

JAPANESE 332
15 Points

Japanese Language 3B

Further develops communicative use of Japanese language in speaking, listening, reading and writing beyond everyday situations. With greater focus on written Japanese, students will familiarise themselves with various styles of Japanese texts including newspaper articles, manga and short novels, through which their understanding of Japanese culture will deepen.

Prerequisite: JAPANESE 331

Restriction: JAPANESE 330, 338, 339. May not be taken if a more advanced language acquisition course in this subject has previously been passed

JAPANESE 340
15 Points

Villains and Heroes in Japanese Literature

Critically examines important works related to Japan's literature and culture, from various genres and all periods including the present. Readings in English translation. Emphasis on production and reception of literary texts within such contexts as history, gender, ethnicity, religion, the environment, and the deployment of power.

Prerequisite: JAPANESE 150 and 45 points at Stage II in Japanese including one of JAPANESE 241, 242, 270, HISTORY 242

Restriction: JAPANESE 240

JAPANESE 341
15 Points

Japanese Popular Culture since 1945

Examines post-1945 Japanese popular culture such as manga, anime, music and literature, from the perspective of how they have dealt with issues such as national/cultural identity, 'race', war memory, gender and globalisation. The historical and political context of each text and cultural practice is emphasised. No knowledge of Japanese language required.

Prerequisite: JAPANESE 150 and 45 points at Stage II in Japanese including one of JAPANESE 240, 243, 270 HISTORY 242, or 30 points at Stage II in Asian Studies

Restriction: JAPANESE 241

JAPANESE 343
15 Points

Geisha and Samurai Edo Literature

Explores, mainly in English translation, literary works and other writings/media from early modern (Edo/Tokugawa) Japan. The emphasis is on understanding aspects of the culture by direct reference to texts written by Japanese at that time.

Prerequisite: JAPANESE 150 and 45 points at Stage II in Japanese including JAPANESE 240, 241, or 270

Restriction: JAPANESE 243

JAPANESE 370
15 Points

Japanese Culture and Traditions

Examines important aspects of Japanese culture, society, and history. Focuses particularly on the creation and recreation of traditions, and the interaction between cultural and historical forces in shaping society. The course consists of four thematic parts, dealing with history, education, family, and health.

Prerequisite: JAPANESE 150 and either 45 points at Stage II including one of JAPANESE 240, 241, 243 and HISTORY 242 or 30 points at Stage II in Asian Studies

Restriction: JAPANESE 270

JAPANESE 377
15 Points

Japanese Study Abroad 3A

Refer to the entry for Language Study Abroad.

Prerequisite: Approval of Academic Head or nominee

JAPANESE 378
15 Points

Japanese Study Abroad 3B

Refer to the entry for Language Study Abroad.

Prerequisite: JAPANESE 377 and approval of Academic Head or nominee

JAPANESE 385
15 Points

Topics in Japanese Culture and Society

Introduces several specific topics in modern Japanese society and culture. Topics may include: media, gender, ethnicity, colonialism, national identity, performing arts, and intellectual discourse. Readings are in Japanese and English.

Prerequisite: 45 points at Stage II in BA courses including JAPANESE 240, 241, 243 or 270

JAPANESE 392
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: JAPANESE 150 and 45 points at Stage II in Japanese

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

JAPANESE 702
30 Points

Topics in Japanese Culture and Society

In-depth study of selected topics on Japanese culture and society. Topics may include Japanese religion and society, popular culture, early modern history, Japan in East Asia and globalisation. This will be a team-taught course, and the content each year will be adapted according to student research interests. The course requires critical reading of core texts and regular student seminar presentations.

JAPANESE 703
30 Points

Topics in Japanese Language and Linguistics

In-depth study of selected topics on Japanese language and linguistics. Topics may include accentuation, morphophonology, transitivity, subjectivity, gender and language, politeness, and discourse strategies. The course focuses on student-led seminar presentations and discussions on assigned key works in the field.

JAPANESE 706
15 Points

Advanced Japanese Language Acquisition 1

Uses authentic materials on a variety of topics to enhance language skills in support of postgraduate studies.

Restriction: JAPANESE 707

JAPANESE 707
30 Points

Advanced Japanese Language Acquisition 2

Use materials on a variety of topics to enhance language skills in support of postgraduate studies. Readings relevant to the individual student’s research field will be assigned for critical analysis in Japanese.

Restriction: JAPANESE 706

JAPANESE 745
15 Points

JAPANESE 745A
7.5 Points

JAPANESE 745B
7.5 Points

Directed Study

To complete this course students must enrol in JAPANESE 745 A and B, or JAPANESE 745

JAPANESE 746A
22.5 Points

JAPANESE 746B
22.5 Points

Research Essay

To complete this course students must enrol in JAPANESE 746 A and B

JAPANESE 747
30 Points

JAPANESE 747A
15 Points

JAPANESE 747B
15 Points

Directed Study

To complete this course students must enrol in JAPANESE 747 A and B, or JAPANESE 747

JAPANESE 748
15 Points

Research Essay

JAPANESE 780
30 Points

JAPANESE 780A
15 Points

JAPANESE 780B
15 Points

Research Project

To complete this course students must enrol in JAPANESE 780 A and B, or JAPANESE 780

JAPANESE 782
30 Points

JAPANESE 782A
15 Points

JAPANESE 782B
15 Points

Research Essay

To complete this course students must enrol in JAPANESE 782 A and B, or JAPANESE 782

JAPANESE 792A
22.5 Points

JAPANESE 792B
22.5 Points

Dissertation

To complete this course students must enrol in JAPANESE 792 A and B

JAPANESE 793A
45 Points

JAPANESE 793B
45 Points

Thesis

Prerequisite: A BA(Hons) in Japanese with at least Second Class Honours, First Division, or equivalent

To complete this course students must enrol in JAPANESE 793 A and B

JAPANESE 796A
60 Points

JAPANESE 796B
60 Points

Thesis

Prerequisite: A BA(Hons) in Japanese with at least Second Class Honours, First Division, or equivalent

To complete this course students must enrol in JAPANESE 796 A and B

JAPANESE 797A
60 Points

JAPANESE 797B
60 Points

Research Portfolio

To complete this course students must enrol in JAPANESE 797 A and B

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