JAPN 2214EX - Japanese In-Country Summer School
External - Summer - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code JAPN 2214EX Course Japanese In-Country Summer School Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies Term Summer Level Undergraduate Location/s External Units 3 Contact Up to 20 hours per week Prerequisites JAPN 1002 or equivalent Assumed Knowledge Japanese at beginner's level Restrictions Only available to students enrolled in Japanese language courses Quota 30 Course Description The Japanese In-Country Summer School is an intensive language and cultural study tour to Japan from early January to early February 2014. The course is offered in conjunction and articulated with the Centre for Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide and Ritsumeikan University, where the intensive Japanese language and culture program is undertaken. Ritsumeikan University is one of Japan's leading universities. The course includes intensive Japanese language study, cultural activities and seminars and visits to cultural and historical sites in Kyoto. It will greatly enhance student's linguistic abilities and their understanding of Japanese society and culture.
All Japanese language courses will be conducted at the Kinugasa Campus in Kyoto. Language classes are conducted for three hours every weekday morning, providing a thorough introduction to the Japanese language. Although particular emphasis is placed on oral communication skills the program maintains an overall balance between conversation, reading and writing, thus providing a solid foundation for future studies of the Japanese language.
For Japan studies, seminars focus on topics such as business, history, sociology and traditional culture. In addition to having the chance to become more familiar with the finer aspects of Japanese culture in class, students also have the opportunity to take part in various fieldwork activities to reinforce what they have learned in class and become immersed in Japanese culture.
After completion, students will be required to submit their academic transcript and graduation certificate from Ritsumeikan University and a 1,000 word reflection paper on their experience in English.
Course Coordinator: Ms Akiko Tomita
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Obtain knowledge and understanding of the Japanese language and many aspects of Japanese
culture and society
2 Acquire the ability to use independently a variety of sources to further your own
understanding of the Japanese language
3 Acquire the ability to work to strict timelines on regular exercises and assessments 4 Develop the ability to work collaboratively with peers 5 Develop an understanding of and respect for cultural difference and diversity combined
with a knowledge and understanding of the issues involved in intercultural communication
6 Develop a heightened awareness and understanding of different ways of seeing the world,
specifically the Japanese world views
7 Acquire the ability to research, synthesise, analyse and present information related to
Japanese language and culture and using appropriate technologies and resources
8 Develop increased critical and analytical thinking skills 9 Gain an understanding of, and commitment to, the importance of life-long learning
through a passion for Japanese language and culture that will, we hope,
encourage you to travel to, study or work in Japanese speaking countries in the
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,6-9 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3,7 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2-9 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 7 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 9 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 9
Required ResourcesTextbooks are provided in Japan
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesIntensive learning classes, culture seminar and activities, visits to historical and cultural sites.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This intensive course will include a minimum of 3 contact hours per day for 4 weeks, plus historical and cultural visits, in addition to research, reading and assigmment preparation, for a total of 156 hours.
Learning Activities SummaryAvailable on enrolment.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Summarya) Class tests and final exams at Ritsumeikan University 80%
b) One 1,000 word reflection paper in English, assessed by staff at the Centre for Asian Studies in Adelaide 20 %
Assessment DetailStudents are expected to attend all classes and activities in Japan. Upon completion of the language classes and cultural programs in Japan, students are required to submit their reflection paper within 2 weeks from the end of the tour in Japan.
Requirments and Criteria of Assesment on Reflection paper
· Minimum 1,000 English words.
· High level of English expression
· This writing has to be succinct and to the point.
· The writing has to say something about your understanding of yourself and what and how you change as a result of your experience. What did you learn?
· The writing should reflect an effort to make the most effective use of the word limit to convey serious personal reflection
· References to written works, websites, etc and welcome but thiese need to be properly referenced.
SubmissionStudents are required to submit their academic transcript and graduation certificate from the Japanese University upon return to Adelaide.
The English reflection paper is to be submitted vie MyUni after the tour ends.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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