Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course will provide integrated language training at an advanced level including reading, writing, and oral discussion about contemporary socio-cultural issues in Japan. The teaching materials will be selected each year from a range of contemporary Japanese language sources such as newspapers, journals, and internet publications. The classes will be conducted bilingually and will be suitable for students of Japanese as well as students from Japan.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply their knowledge to social and cultural issues that are being discussed in the contemporary Japanese media.

2. Develop the ability and confidence to read, write, and debate about a wide range of issues.


The course will focus on several issues widely discussed in contemporary Japanese media. By so doing, the students will acquire the ability to write about 200 additional kanji characters and recognize about 600 additional characters. They will be requested to write three one-page speech manuscripts on related issues, present them orally in class and discuss.

Assumed knowledge

20 Units in Japanese at 2000 level or 3000 level.

Assessment items

Essay: Essays

Quiz: Quizzes

Presentation: Oral Presentation and discussion

In Term Test: One written test

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term