Japanese: Academic Writing

7.5 Credits
First Cycle
School of Language, Literatures and Learning
Subject field
Japanese (JAA)
Group of Subjects
Disciplinary Domain
Humanities, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved, 29 January 2020.
This syllabus is valid from 29 January 2020.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • conduct a minor study of a subject related to Japan
  • search for, delimit and critically examine the material relevant to the study
  • formulate a plan for a feasible study within a defined time frame
  • write an academic paper using logically convincing arguments in which due consideration has been given to the structure of its outline, the references, footnotes and quotations
  • critically reflect on their own conclusions
  • give constructive criticism on the work of another and handle the criticism of others in an objective way.

Course Content

The course covers the basic skills of academic writing. It includes exercises in the wording of research questions, in planning and delimiting a study, in writing academic prose and in the use of the formalities of essay writing. The course concludes with a small-scale study on a topic related to Japan, which is presented in the form of a short essay written in English with a word count of between 2000 and 3000 words.


A short academic paper, written assignments, and constructive participation in tutorials and seminars. The paper will be defended at a seminar where it is examined by a fellow student.

Forms of Study

Teaching takes place in the form of tutorials and obligatory seminars. English is the language of instruction.


The Swedish grades A - F


  • 30 credits in Japanese at First Cycle

Other Information

The academic paper is valid as a degree thesis for a Higher Education Diploma (120 credits) in Japanese.

Rreplaces JP1044.