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LS1481 Japanese A1.1 and Japanese Studies for Engineers 7.5 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus LS1481 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

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:

Japanese studies

• 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

Specific prerequisites

General admission requirements Applicants to the course should not have any prior knowledge of Japanese.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • 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

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • 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

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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