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Department of Asian Studies

STUDY OF JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

The study programmes of the Department of Asian Studies are conducted at an undergraduate and graduate level. The Japanese Language and Culture study is conducted as single and double major studies at an undergraduate level, while Japanology is conducted as a single and double major study at a graduate level in two specializations: teaching (by choosing the Teaching Module) and general. It is the only accredited undergraduate and graduate study programme of Japanology in Croatia.

The double major undergraduate study can be combined with the following studies: Archaeology, English Language and Literature, Croatian Language and Literature, Latin Language and Roman Literature, History, Italian Language and Literature. During the study we prepare experts for work in the fields of education, science, cultural and business tourism, translation, media and culture, publishing, economy and diplomacy.

During the triennial undergraduate study of Japanese Language and Culture, students will acquire competences in written and spoken modern Japanese language at an upper intermediate level (B2), learn about Japanese culture society, history, art and literature, and they will be able to critically analyze Japanese culture in a European, Asian and intercultural context. Students have the amazing opportunity for a student exchange programme with Japanese universities that are in open cooperation with the Department. After the triennial study, Japanese Language and Culture bachelors will be able to translate simple and moderately demanding texts from Japanese to Croatian, understand texts regarding social and popular scientific topics, analyze key characteristics of Japanese culture and its social system.  

During the biennial graduate study of Japanology we introduce students to the evaluation of different scientific, professional and literary discourse, with examples of contemporary translation theories (written and spoken), and interpreting different humanistic and social issues within the Japanese and Eastern Asian culture field, with oral presentations of scientific papers written in Japanese and with didactics and methodology of the Japanese language. The study's student exchange programme envisions the students' residence at the Universities in open cooperation in the duration of six months or even a year. After the study, students acquire the title of Master of Japanology, i.e. Master of Japanology and education of the Japanese language (alongside acquired pedagogic competences required by the programme). Students will be able to engage in complex communication at an advanced (C1) level of the Japanese language in general, media, professional and scientific discourse. They will be qualified for the pedagogic work of teaching Japanese as a foreign language in schools, universities, language schools and other institutions; for literary and professional translators; for intercultural and business communication and corporate work, including the tourism sector as tour guides, translators, itinerary organizers; for cooperation in museums, libraries, cultural institutions, educational and scientific institutions, Japanese embassies and other.

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