Japanese, Minor (0021)

  • Western Sydney University Minor Code: 0021

Previous Code: SM1080.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

Language minors aim to enable students to develop an appropriate level of proficiency in a second language which may be used for professional purposes such as teaching, interpreting and translation, business or international relations. Students undertaking a language minor will be able to use the language in question according to its grammatical and pragmatic principles, communicate with native speakers appropriately in the spoken as well as the written mode and demonstrate an understanding of the cultures and societies associated with the language.


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Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this minor that you must meet in order to complete the minor and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this minor online.

Minor Structure

There are three entry levels into language minors. Beginner’s level is for those with no previous study or minimal study of the language. Intermediate level is typically for students who: are non-native speakers with study of the language to HSC 2 Unit level or have a home background in the language but no comprehensive formal study. Post-Intermediate level is typically for students who are non-native speakers with substantial formal study and near-native competence; or are literate native speakers of the language. Students should consult with the Languages staff regarding the progression sequence that best fits their level of skill. During the first two weeks of class, the lecturer will monitor the performance of students and advise students who need to transfer to a higher or lower class. Students may consult with the Languages Course Advisor, if they are unsure of their entry level. Students should avoid enrolling in subjects at different levels at the one time (e.g. you should not enrol in Arabic 201 and 301 at the same time). Please check the current timetable as some subjects may not be offered every year. Advanced (Level 3) subjects may be offered on a rotational basis.

A minor in Japanese is any sequence of 40 credit points with no more than 20 credit points at Level 1.

Students should take subjects that reflect their level of competence in the language and they should not backtrack, i.e. they must not:

  • take a Level 1 subject after passing a Level 2 subject in the same language; or
  • take a Level 2 subject after passing a Level 3 subject in the same language

Level 1 Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
LANG 1020Japanese 10110
LANG 1021Japanese 10210

Level 2 Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
LANG 2024Japanese 20110
LANG 2025Japanese 202 Speaking and Listening10
LANG 2026Japanese 20310
LANG 2054Japanese 204: Speaking and Listening10

Level 3 Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
LANG 3051Japanese 30110
LANG 3052Japanese 30210
LANG 3053Japanese 303: Contemporary Culture and Society10
LANG 3054Japanese 304: Discourse in Japanese10
LANG 3055Japanese 305: Advanced Reading and Writing10
LANG 3056Japanese 306: Japanese Popular Culture10
LANG 3045Intercultural Communication10
LANG 3082Special Study in Languages and Linguistics10

Advanced entry level Japanese students may complete the following Level 1 pool subjects. The subjects will be recognised as Level 3 pool subjects for the purpose of minor completion.

Subject Title Credit Points
LANG 1013Introduction to Interpreting10
LANG 1017Introduction to Translation10

Equivalent subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this minor for students who passed these subjects in Autumn 2020 or earlier.

LANG 2027 - Japanese 204, replaced by LANG 2054 Japanese 204: Speaking and Listening
LANG 3089 World Literature in Translation - World Literature in Translation