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Content and learning outcomes
The Japanese studies part of the course gives a general picture of how modern Japan has developed through the interplay between domestic traditions and modern institutions. Present-day Japan is looked at from economical, political, cultural, technical and conceptual points of view. Language and Linguistic structure: Overview of pronunciation. Basic and frequent sentence patterns and a selection of relevant expressions Overview of the kana scripts and an introduction to the structure and use of kanji. Active learning of 50 kanji characters from Language in use: Orientation about historical aspects and social conventions of Japanese (structure of the present-day vocabulary, and aspects such as politeness, gender, silence, body language, etc.)
Intended learning outcomes
The intended learning outcomes for the course are at level A1.1 according to the CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference for language, and aim to strengthen student's global competence.
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
• account for important facts about Japan and search for information concerning Japan's history, society, geography, culture, language and technical development (in Swedish)
• find and present facts about relevant Japanese phenomena
• be familiar with the structure of Japanese written language and completely master the hiragana and identify the katakana
• be familiar with the particular nature of Japanese as regards grammar and social usage.
• present him/herself and others in very elementary Japanese.
• translate very simple sentences from Japanese into Swedish and vice versa
• master the most common greeting phrases and participate in very simple everyday conversations using a fixed sentence structure
Literature and preparations
General admission requirements Applicants to the course should not have any prior knowledge of Japanese.
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- KONA - Assessment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
- LEXA - Continous assessment, 6.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Other requirements for final grade
All course components passed.
75% attendance requirement
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
- In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
- In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.
Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.Course web LS1481