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BA Asia Pacific Studies and Japanese

Year 3

(Award available for year: Diploma of Higher Education)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year, students should have provided evidence of being able to:
- understand and apply the main features of Japanese syntax;
- comprehend a wide range of texts in Japanese on general/social issues within a reasonable time frame without depending too much on a dictionary;
- demonstrate various writing skills in Japanese on general/social topics in accordance with the relevant purposes and contexts such as letters, reports and essays;
- express their own opinions clearly in Japanese with accurate and appropriate use of intermediate grammar and vocabulary;
- write Japanese fluently and accurately in all language tasks and, in translation between English and Japanese, to use both languages accurately, with correct spelling and grammar;
- demonstrate relatively advanced translation skills between English and Japanese, including literal translation and paraphrasing;
- demonstrate improved text reading skills in Japanese such as intensive reading, extensive reading, skim reading and topical sentence reading;
- understand normal spoken Japanese, speak both languages more fluently and naturally, and comprehend general media sources, both audio and written;
- demonstrate an awareness and critical understanding of approaches to the academic study of the Asia-Pacific region in general and Japan in particular;
- demonstrate a relatively sophisticated understanding of modern Japanese society and culture and its position within the Asia-Pacific context, commensurate with the experience of having lived in Japan during the Year Abroad;
- demonstrate an awareness of issues in the Asia-Pacific region as they affect contemporary Japan;
- effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of spoken and written forms;
- exercise critical analytical abilities in respect of the disciplinary modules;
- draw clear and close connections between linguistic competence and insightful understanding of contemporary Japan and the Asia-Pacific region more widely;
- apply generic and subject specific intellectual qualities to standard situations outside the context in which they were originally studied.


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