Contemporary Japan

Subject 110-229 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
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Prerequisites: Completion of first year requirements for the Asian Studies major. For pre-2008 students: Usually 50 points of 1st year study in the Faculty of Arts.
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Prof W H Coaldrake
Subject Overview:

This subject examines the places, people and politics that make Japan todat greater than the sum og its parts. Current events will be set in the context of behavioural and cultural trends; tradition will be seen reinvented in the present. The aim is to lay the foundations for long-term engagement with Japan through educational exchanges and professional and academic careers.

Assessment: 2-hour examination 45% (during examination period), as essay of 2000 words 45% (due-mid semester) and class participation 10% based on contribution to class discussion in tutorials.
Prescribed Texts: Materials supplied by the Asia Institute.Understanding Japanese Society (J Hendry), Routledge 2004
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • written communication through essay writing and seminar discussion;

  • attention to detail through essay preparation and writing;

  • time management and planning through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion;

  • public speaking through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations;

  • critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining strength of an argument;

  • research through competent use of the library, and other information sources and the definition of areas of inquiry and methods of research;

  • develop cultural thinking through essay writing and tutorial discussion.


Formerly available as 110-220 and 110-116 Contemporary Japanese Society. Students who have completed 110-220 in 2004 or 2005 or 110-116 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Arts (Asian Studies)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Asian Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Asian Studies)

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