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Practising Japanese Studies


Admission requirements

Passing the following BA2 courses is required in order to participate in this course: – At least two BA2 seminars (not lectures) – BA2 Productie IIb – BA2 Studieverblijf Japan or BA2 Productie IIc


The course consists of two components – six sessions of two hours each – that alternate every week

Component I: ‘Introduction to Working Environments’ Students are introduced to a variety of different working environments by guest speakers from the world of business, government, cultural industries etc. After each session students will be given a practical assignment that will have to be completed BEFORE the next guest session.

Component II: ‘Business Japanese’ Students are introduced to the specific type of vocabulary and expressions that are customarily used in Japanese companies. This will include, but will not be limited to, self-introduction in the business situations, communication via telephone, and writing professional e-mails.

Course objectives

The main objective of this course is to provide students with a hands-on introduction to the working environments that they might encounter in their future careers. It will confront them with the reality of the world outside the university, and help them to place the skills and knowledge acquired during the first two years of study in a different perspective. The ‘Business Japanese’ component builds on the acquired language proficiency, but offers an additional benefits, which may prove important on the job market.


See timetable Japanstudies

week 37: Business Japanese session 1
19/09: Guest speakers session 1
3/10: NO CLASS
week 39: Business Japanese session 2
10/10 Guest speakers session 2 -- Postponed to 7/11
week 42: Business Japanese session 3
31/10: Guest speakers session 3
week 45: Business Japanese session 4
14/11: Guest speakers session 4
week 47: Business Japanese session 5
28/11: Guest speakers session 5
Week 49: Business Japanese session 6

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

Total course load 5 EC x 28 hours= 140 hours

  • Lectures: 12 × 2 =24 hours

  • Assignment(s): 12 × 5 = 60 hours

  • Literature: 22

  • Preparation exam: 30 hours

  • Exam(s): 1×2= 4 hours

Assessment method

  1. Participation (10%)
  2. 4 assignments after each guest appearance session (40%)
  3. Business Japanese final exam (50%)

All 3 elements must be passed to receive a passing grade for the course. The course grade will be determined based on the weighted average of course elements once all elements have been passed.


  1. There is no resit possibility for the ‘participation’ element. Students who will attend less than 4 sessions OF EACH COMPONENT will fail the course
  2. Students who will fail to submit 4 assignments before the set deadline will be able ‘resit’ this element by submitting a 2000 word paper on a topic to be determined in consultation with the instructor. The deadline for submitting the paper is 31 January 2019.
  3. Resit final exam Business Japanese will be scheduled.

Debriefing exam:
Students may make an individual appointment with the instructor within 30 days of the announcement of the exam grades in order to view their exam.


Blackboard will be used extensively during this course

Reading list

Study material will be made available via Blackboard


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Component 1: Prof. Dr. K.J. Cwiertka