University of Technology Sydney

97209 Japanese Media and Current Issues

8cp; 2 x 2hr tutorials/week
Requisite(s): 97206 Japanese Language and Culture 6 OR 97207 Japanese Films and Popular Culture OR 97208 Japanese Language and Identity OR 97210 Transcultural Communication in Japanese


This subject is designed for students who have successfully completed Japanese 6 or its equivalent (600-800 hours of formal study of Japanese), and have sufficient language competence in understanding authentic spoken and written Japanese with some aid of a dictionary. Students examine current issues in Japanese media through: reading articles, essays and commentaries from a variety of sources; watching documentary films and news programs; class discussions; and researching a current issue to write a report and give a presentation. The subject aims to provide students with considerable opportunities to explore the contexts of current issues in order to gain deeper understandings of cultural aspects which underlie them. Throughout this subject, students are expected to consolidate and extend their knowledge of the Japanese language in preparation for a period of in-country study in Japan, as well as adopt a critical approach to cultural phenomena in both Japan and their own country. The subject is taught in Japanese.

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