Undergraduate Course: Kanji: A linguistic and cultural introduction (ASST08065)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides students with a detailed introduction to the linguistic and the socio-cultural aspects of kanji in Japanese. Tutorials will involve students in linguistic-based hands-on activities. The course also looks at some key issues in kanji research as a discussion topic.
This course provides students with a detailed introduction to the linguistic and the socio-cultural aspects of kanji in Japanese, covering the Japanese writing system, Origin and structure of kanji, Decoding kanji, Technology and kanji, Kanji and education, Kanji in social context, Japanese visual culture. Tutorials will involve students in linguistic-based hands-on activities, including exploring kanji apps, Decoding Ninja code, Looking up handwritten and typed kanji in a dictionary. The course also looks at some key issues in kanji research as a discussion topic.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Japanese Language Beginner (ASST08059)
||Other requirements|| Pre-Requisites (home students): You should either completed Japanese Language Beginner (ASST08059) or holding JLPT N5 or equivalent.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students from kanji background (e.g. Japan/China) cannot take this course.
You should either completed Japanese Language Beginner (ASST08059) or holding JLPT N5 or equivalent.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8,
Formative Assessment Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% course work
Seminar participation (10%), including Kanji conference presentation (10%)
Tutorial work submissions (20%)
1 x Final written essay (max. 3,000 words) 60%
||Students will receive formative feed-forward, feed-back during tutorial sessions.
Formal written feed-back for Final written essay via LEAN
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand aspects of Japan's visual culture and its aesthetic concept of writing
- Acquire critical visual recognition skills to identify unfamiliar kanji words
- Accurately describe and analyze primary data
- Be able to evaluate and use a wide range of real-life materials in a given social context
- Conduct autonomous research and communicate arguments effectively in written form
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Critical thinking, analytical skills, information technology, group work, aesthetic understanding
||Pre-Requisites (home students): You should either completed Japanese Language Beginner (ASST08059) or holding JLPT N5 or equivalent.
|Keywords||Kanji (Chinese characters),visual awareness,Japanese orthography,writing media,technology
|Course organiser||Dr Yoko Sturt
Tel: (0131 6)50 4228
|Course secretary||Mrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528