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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Japanese Language and Contemporary Society
Module Code JA379
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Lijie Shao
Semester 2: Lijie Shao
Autumn: Lijie Shao
Module TeachersLijie Shao
Sakiko Pawlak
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to improve students’ proficiency in Japanese and strengthen their cultural and societal awareness. In this module, students will learn to use an appropriate and effective mode of communication in various situations including some formal scenes. Students will participate in the following learning activities: (i) going through a wide range of audio and written materials including some authentic pieces, (ii) engage in discussions on chosen topics, (iii) completing tasks while showing a strong command of the language and understanding of the culture. Students are expected to attend and contribute to lecturers, prepare portfolios, and perform guided independent studies.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the main points and some details of general audio materials including news, songs, speeches, and TV programs
2. Extract the main points and some details from miscellaneous written sources including news articles on general issues, short essays, and books
3. Deliver a coherent and straightforward argument on general matters with occasional emphases on significant points
4. Convey information accurately using a proper register in various forms of writing such as short reports, letters, and opinion pieces
5. Express a proper understanding of those topics related to Japanese society and culture

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture44Synchronous sessions
Directed learning60Preparation for each class (completing pre-class reading, listening, looking up words in the dictionary)
Portfolio Preparation22Portfolio items should be submitted within specified time limits.
Group work30Group Presentation
Report30The end of term essays (research required)
Independent Study42Revision (revising newly learned vocabulary, grammar, following up some topics)
Assignment Completion22Weekly reflective journal in Japanese
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
The content will primarily relate to current affairs, cultural and societal topics in Japan. Students will be introduced to various topics through reading or listening materials, discuss the topics, complete assignments related to the learned topics, and conduct individual/group research as required. Assessment is 100% continuous assessment.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group project n/a30%n/a
Reflective journaln/a20%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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