Explore the rich culture and unique diversity of Japan

Japanese language is highly contextual and deeply rooted in culture and history. It is used by approximately 130 million people, mostly in Japan.

Learning Japanese is challenging yet very rewarding, allowing you to become directly involved in Japan’s largely monolingual social and business environments.

Our levels of study

Both Japanese and non-Japanese students may study Japanese units as part of their major or electives in a Bachelor degree or Diploma of Languages. After graduation, you may undertake postgraduate research programs through Masters of Research and Doctor of Philosophy pathways.

Find more information on undergraduate classes or research as part of an MRes or PhD.

What you’ll learn

Japanese Studies’ research interests are wide-ranging, and include:

  • language acquisition
  • discourse analysis
  • social semiotics and multimodality
  • cross-cultural communication
  • cross-language speech production/perception
  • experimental phonetics
  • classical/contemporary literature
  • traditional, popular and queer cultures
  • diverse social issues.

Japan encapsulates intriguing ambiguities, cultural hybridity, and complex and fluid language use. Japan invites you to critically explore it from your own perspective through your undergraduate and postgraduate research.

Engage with us

Talk to one of our experts in Japanese culture, language, literature and translation for your research program or post-graduate studies:

Dr Mio Bryce
Dr Thomas Baudinette
Ms Kayo Nakazawa
Dr Wes Robertson
Dr Chavalin Svetanant

Macquarie Japanese Studies Centre

We are proudly supported by the Macquarie Japanese Studies Centre (MJS). This specialist centre was established at Macquarie in 1995 with the Nippon Foundation Fund, and provides the community with innovative, high-quality teaching of Japanese language and culture through scholarly events, scholarships and grants.

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Last updated: 17 Dec 2019