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JAPA490 Dissertation

A dissertation on an approved and individually-supervised research topic in Japanese; of up to 15,000 words if written in Japanese, or 20,000 words if written in English.

Would you welcome the opportunity to shape and then create, with the guidance of a supervisor, a substantial piece of academic writing on a topic of your own choosing? A key element of an Honours degree in Japanese at the University of Otago is a dissertation on a topic relating to Japanese language or culture.

Paper title Dissertation
Paper code JAPA490
Subject Japanese
EFTS 0.5
Points 60 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (On campus)
Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,620.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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JAPA 489
Limited to
BA(Hons), PGDipArts
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Roy Starrs
Paper Structure
A dissertation on an approved and individually supervised research topic in Japanese language or culture to be submitted on the last day of Week 13.
Teaching Arrangements
The dissertation will be supervised by a member of the Japanese programme staff.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of JAPA 490, a student will have:

  • Acquired and deployed the research and writing skills necessary to define the terms of and write a dissertation
  • Improved information literacy and familiarity with academic resources in both English and Japanese
  • Become very familiar with, if not an expert in, a particular subject area and its broader context
  • Developed a critical appreciation of secondary material in the field
  • Engaged in scholarship and gained an idea of what further postgraduate study might entail

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system