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Japanese

242.101 Japanese 1A15 credits
This course provides students with introductory level proficiency in Japanese listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students learn romanised script, the two phonetic scripts (hiragana and katakana) and approximately 60 Japanese characters (kanji), as well as basic sentence structures and vocabulary useful for everyday life in Japan.

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242.102 Japanese 1B15 credits
This course builds on the introductory level proficiency in Japanese established in 242.101 Japanese 1A developing further basic competence in Japanese listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. An additional 87 kanji are learnt. An increased range of sentence structures and vocabulary useful for everyday situations and interactions in Japan are introduced.

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242.103 Introduction to Japanese Culture15 credits
An overview of the cultural development of Japan from early times to the present.

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242.201 Japanese 2A15 credits
This course provides students with a pre-intermediate level of reading, writing, listening and speaking proficiency in Japanese building on skills established in prior study. Student will use a range of written and oral exercises to practise new grammatical structures, vocabulary and approximately 80 new kanji, and will acquire the tools to discuss topics of relevance to themselves and Japanese culture and society at an appropriate level.

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242.202 Japanese 2B15 credits
This course further develops students' reading, writing, listening and speaking proficiency in Japanese at pre-intermediate level, extending skills gained in 242.201 Japanese 2A. Student will continue to use a range of written and oral exercises to practise new grammatical structures, vocabulary and approximately 100 new kanji, and will improve their ability to discuss topics of relevance to themselves and Japanese culture and society at an appropriate level. The use of respect language (keigo) will also be introduced.

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242.203 Japanese Language and Society15 credits
An exploration of language use as a reflection of Japanese culture and social structures.

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242.205 Japanese Cinema15 credits
This course will introduce Japanese cinema in English translation as an art form that strongly reflects its culture. Traditional samurai films, contemporary social problem films and animations are used to explore how films address issues of modernity and national identity. No previous knowledge of Japanese language, history, or culture is required.

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242.301 Japanese 3A15 credits
This course provides students with a pre-advanced level of reading, writing, listening and speaking proficiency in Japanese building on skills established in prior study. Students will continue to extend and refine their ability in Japanese through using a range of exercises practising more advanced vocabulary and idioms, grammatical structures, respect language (keigo) and approximately 244 new kanji. Students will be expected to develop comprehension and communication skills to deal confidently and accurately with various situations.

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242.302 Japanese 3B15 credits
This course further extends students' Japanese proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking to advanced level, building on skills established in 242.301 Japanese 3A. Students will continue to further extend and refine their ability in Japanese through practising an increased range of vocabulary and idioms, grammatical structures, respect language (keigo) and approximately 208 new kanji. Students will be expected to develop their comprehension and communication skills for confident and accurate use in more varied situations.

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242.304 Reading and Writing about Current Japan15 credits
Selected issues of contemporary Japanese society will be studied through the medium of texts in the Japanese language. Further development of Japanese skills in reading and writing.

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242.305 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature15 credits
A study of selected extracts in the original Japanese from the work of major modern writers.

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242.306 Japanese LInguistics15 credits
An analysis of Japanese sentence/discourse constructions from the viewpoints of English speakers. No previous knowledge of linguistics is required.

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242.307 Japanese-English Translation Techniques15 credits
The study and acquisition of techniques for translating Japanese into English and English into Japanese.

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242.390 Individual Research Project in Japanese Studies15 credits
A research project on an approved topic in Japanese Studies.

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242.801 MPhil Thesis 120 Credit Part 160 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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242.802 MPhil Thesis 120 Credit Part 260 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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242.897 Thesis 120 Credit Part 160 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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242.898 Thesis 120 Credit Part 260 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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