JALC11003 - Japan and its Culture
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit enables students to develop concepts and practices relating to the way in which social norms are classified and communicated in Japanese society. Students will examine both historical and contemporary phases of Japanese society, Japanese people and their behaviour so that they can develop an appreciation of Japanese culture. The unit develops knowledge of a range of weekly topics such as history, family system, the indigenous people, education, religions, career life, entertainment, the legal system and politics in Japan. Through engagement in a variety of learning experiences, students develop the skills required to analyse these topics and concepts within the context of their own society. The unit is taught in English and no prior knowledge of Japan or Japanese language is required.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 50%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 10%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Some students wanted more student interaction through the discussion forums. Students I do have many discussion questions on Moodle but students tend not to use them. I will see how I can encourage more interaction.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Communicate effectively and confidently in a range of selected high frequency contexts such as family and school
  2. Comprehend and analyse a range of texts in selected high frequency contexts
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relatedness of language and culture
  4. Demonstrate use of selected metacognitive skills and ability to function as an independent learner.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence        
7. Cross Cultural Competence  
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Presentation      
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Online Quiz(zes)          

Prescribed Textbooks

Understanding Japanese Society
Author/s: Hendry, Joy Year: 2013
Edition: Fourth Edition Publisher: Routledge
City: London
Country: United Kingdom
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Word processing
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMichael Danaher (m.danaher@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Historical Foundations of Japanese Identity

1

Week 2 13-03-2017

The House and Family System

2

Week 3 20-03-2017

Socialisation and classification

3

Week 4 27-03-2017

Community and Neighbourhood

4

Week 5 03-04-2017

The education system

5

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Status, hierarchy and ethnic diversity

6

Assessment Item 1 (The first presentation must be done by Week 6).

Two Power Point Presentations (25% each) Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Religious Influences

7

Week 8 01-05-2017

Ritual and the life cycle

8

Week 9 08-05-2017

Working Life in Japan

9

Week 10 15-05-2017

Arts, entertainment and leisure

10

Assessment Item 1 (The second presentation must be done by Week 10).

Week 11 22-05-2017

Politics, Government and Environment

11

Week 12 29-05-2017

The legal system and social control

12

Written Assessment Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Presentation

Assessment Title Two Power Point Presentations (25% each)
Task Description

Full details of Assessment Details are provided in the Course on Moodle.

You are required to choose two sub-topics from a list (available from Course Assessment Details on Moodle). Then research your chosen sub-topic and prepare a Power Point Presentation. You are expected to choose one sub-topic from Weeks 1-6, and the other one from Weeks 7-12. These choices of subtopics are also provided within each Lesson on Moodle, where you can view them in context. For each sub-topic, firstly, describe or define what it means. Then critically analyse the significance of that sub-topic to the broader Lecture topic from where it came. Critiquing means to question and to evaluate. Think about how your chosen topic relates or impacts on Japanese society. What is the significance and implications of your sub-topic? Why is it important to Japanese society? You should make at least four pertinent points about your chosen sub-topic. Your concluding slide should list your pertinent points. All students should use PowerPoint slides, and provide a Bibliography (in large font) of the sources you have used in your final slide. Use at least 6-7 scholarly sources for each Presentation. Use the Harvard system of referencing.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
The first is due by the end of Week 6, and the second is due by the end of Week 10
Return Date to Students The assessment will be returned within 10 days of receiving them.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

A comprehensive assessment criteria is available under Course Assessment Details in Moodle.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Communicate effectively and confidently in a range of selected high frequency contexts such as family and school

2. Comprehend and analyse a range of texts in selected high frequency contexts

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relatedness of language and culture

4. Demonstrate use of selected metacognitive skills and ability to function as an independent learner.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Students are required to choose one essay question from the list provided, and then research and write an essay on that question of 2,500 words length. Ensure you do not choose a Topic that is the same or very similar to one of your PP Presentation topics. Use 9-10 scholarly sources, and reference your essay using the Harvard Referencing system. Details of the choice of essay questions are provided in the Course Assessment Details in Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
The essays will be marked and returned within two weeks of receipt by Course Coordinator.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Content: ability to research the selected topic critically; in some depth; and to demonstrate a

good understanding of the topic.

Structure: Ability to present own research in an effective and clear manner. This includes having

an Introduction and Conclusion.

Referencing: Ability to locate and use scholarly and specialist sources, and to reference them

correctly using the Harvard system.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Communicate effectively and confidently in a range of selected high frequency contexts such as family and school

2. Comprehend and analyse a range of texts in selected high frequency contexts

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relatedness of language and culture

4. Demonstrate use of selected metacognitive skills and ability to function as an independent learner.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence



3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz
Task Description

This Quiz has 20 questions, each with 4 multiple choice answers. Only one answer is correct for each question. The questions refer to material in all of the 12 Study Guide Lessons and PP Slides, and from the Joy Hendry textbook. The questions assess your general understanding of Japanese social and cultural aspects across the entire Course. Once you start the quiz, you have to continue and complete it at the first attempt. Therefore, don't start it until you are prepared. You are given 2 hours to complete the Quiz. Each question is worth 0.5%. It is an open book quiz, so you can refer to all of your resources in order to complete it. 

Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date The Quiz opens on Thursday 4 June at 6am, 2015 and runs until Thursday 11 June, 2015 at 11pm.
Return Date to Students The quiz will automatically be graded.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

 

Assessment criteria

Ability to synthesise Course material and discern fact from fiction.

Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Communicate effectively and confidently in a range of selected high frequency contexts such as family and school

2. Comprehend and analyse a range of texts in selected high frequency contexts

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relatedness of language and culture

4. Demonstrate use of selected metacognitive skills and ability to function as an independent learner.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence




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