Japanese Business and Institutions

Subject 325-310 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: The completion of at least 125 points of commerce subjects or any of the optional level-2 or level-3 subjects listed in the Asian studies program in the Bachelor of Arts.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Professor H Dick
Subject Overview:

The Japanese economy is just reviving after prolonged economic stagnation. This subject explores why the post-WW2 'miracle' and late-1980s 'bubble' were followed by stagnation and identifies the profound changes that have been occurring beneath the surface in the economy, business, political institutions and society. Topics include globalisation and structural change; the organisation of big business (including keiretsu relationships and the role of the trading houses) and of small business (including subcontracting ties); financial markets and labour markets for both large and small firms; industrial policy and the role of technology; consumer markets; government-business relationships and cultural aspects of the business environment.

Assessment: A 2-hour examination (50%), written assignment(s) totalling not more than 3500 words (35%) and tutorial participation (15%).
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:The Japanese Business System, Tutorial Readings (NO_AUTHOR), (details from the department)
Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • High level of development: oral communication; written communication; team work; application of theory to practice; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; synthesis of data and other information; evaluation of data and other information; accessing data and other information from a range of sources; receptiveness to alternative ideas.

  • Moderate level of development: collaborative learning; problem solving; statistical reasoning; use of computer software.

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Management Studies

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