Undergraduate

Japanese Studies

This major offers you a passport to appreciating one of Asia's foremost economic and cultural powerhouses.
3
Years Full Time

Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.

Career Pathways

There is high demand for graduates with knowledge of Japan and Japanese. Graduates with a major in Japanese Studies can find employment in federal and state government departments and private industry and community groups. The combination of Japanese Studies with a major in another discipline (such as anthropology, economics, geography, history, industrial relations and politics) is becoming particularly attractive to employers.
There is high demand for graduates with knowledge of Japan and Japanese. Graduates with a major in Japanese Studies can find employment in federal and state government departments and private industry and community groups. The combination of Japanese Studies with a major in another discipline (such as anthropology, economics, geography, history, industrial relations and politics) is becoming particularly attractive to employers.
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Career Opportunities

Further Study

This major lays the foundation for further study options at honours and postgraduate level.
This major lays the foundation for further study options at honours and postgraduate level.
POSTGRADUATE

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Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this major. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or your desired course.

Domestic Fees

Undergraduate – Commonwealth supported students

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points.


For Commonwealth Supported Places, student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For an accurate fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator and select “I want to price my units”.

For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator and select your course to see the annual and total course fees.

Course Credit Points
144
Average Annual Fee - 2020
$9,094.47
Typical Fee Range - 2020
$6,684.00 - $11,155.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Undergraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2019
$93,300.00
Total Course Fee - 2020
$95,100.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

This major offers you an insight into one of Asia’s foremost economic and cultural powerhouses. You’ll learn and develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, while exploring contemporary Japanese society and culture. Studying Japanese language, culture and society means taking a significant step towards being Asialiterate – an important attribute for future global citizens, particularly in Australia.

About the course

This major offers you an insight into one of Asia’s foremost economic and cultural powerhouses. You’ll learn and develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, while exploring contemporary Japanese society and culture. This major caters for beginner and intermediate level speakers. Studying Japanese language, culture and society means taking a significant step towards being Asia-literate – an important attribute for future global citizens, particularly in Australia.
Japanese Studies

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2020/2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 3-4 hours per unit
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-JPNSB
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
Japanese Studies
Status
  • Available 2020/2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 3-4 hours per unit
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-JPNSB
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
TISC Codes
  • UWBPH
  • UWART
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Faculty
  • Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education - Arts

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STUDENT STORY

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Course Structure

This major is suitable for complete beginners and for students who have completed secondary school language studies. It is possible to combine Japanese Studies with a second major from within Arts, Biomedical Science, Commerce or Science.

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You'll learn to

  • show competence in the Japanese language in the four skills of language acquisition – reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • operate effectively in daily conversations or complex discussions in social and academic work situations
  • understand and engage with Japanese-language texts and Japan-relevant English-language material – written, audio or visual – of an intellectual nature in particular areas of interest and expertise
  • understand how culturally specific social structures affect interpersonal communication, and determine how to apply this knowledge to your own interactions in a culturally sensitive manner
  • engage effectively in the key debates on Japanese history, society and culture in a professional manner
  • demonstrate transferable skills such as digital literacy, information management, group working, research skills and critical thinking

Put theory into practice

Current UWA students are eligible to take one of our professional experience units. These units bridge the gap between university and the workplace by providing opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience. You can master new skills, make connections and network, get a taste of the opportunities in the workforce and add experience to your resume, all before graduating.

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FACILITY

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FACILITY

Your degree options

This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees. It is also offered as a second major in our other bachelor's degrees.

Why study this course?

  • Study with experts in Japanese studies and language education
  • Attend conversation practice and functions in UWA’s traditional Japanese tatami room
  • Join the Japanese Students’ Association for language practice, cultural exchange and networking
 
JAPANESE STUDIES

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Become a bilingual citizen of the world at the largest language hub in Western Australia

Become a bilingual citizen of the world at the largest language hub in Western Australia

Why take a second major

  • Expand your skills - Taking a second major either in a complementary area or in something like Economics or Business Law will show you have developed transferable skills such as, teamwork, critical thinking, digital literacy and presentation skills – which are highly sought after in the workforce.
  • Add it to your resume – Employers are looking for graduates who have skills in a variety of areas. Two majors will expand your career prospects and help you stand out amongst the crowd.
  • Expand your skills - Taking a second major either in a complementary area or in something like Economics or Business Law will show you have developed skills such as, teamwork, critical thinking, digital literacy and presentation skills – which are highly sought after in the workforce.
  • Add it to your resume – Employers are looking for graduates who have skills in a variety of areas. Two majors will expand your career prospects and help you stand out amongst the crowd.
  • Study your passion alongside your interests – Do you love Marketing? Law? History of Art? Pursue a career while studying something else you love! Your second major can be from any other faculty across the university.
  • No additional time – Choosing two majors instead of one won’t add any additional time to your undergraduate degree. A standard bachelor degree consists of the same amount of units either way.
  • Discover what you want to do while you’re doing it – Not sure what career you want when you graduate? It’s very common for undergraduate students to be unsure. Choosing two majors in different areas will give you the opportunity to explore multiple interests and see what fits best. Majors can be switched until the end of your first year without adding any time onto your degree.

Check out the popular combinations for this major to get some inspiration on complementary areas to study.

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