Contemporary Japan

Subject 110-229 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 2.5 contact hours/week , 6.0 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
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.
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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Carolyn Stevens

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.
  • demonstrate a familiarity with various themes in contemporary Japanese society;
  • demonstrate a familiarity with various social science models commonly used to interpret Japanese society;
  • demonstrate a familiarity with the English language writings on these issues;
  • acquire an understanding of cultural context through developing a critical self awareness, being open to new ideas and possibilities and by constructing an argument;
  • acquire skills to critically think and analyse through required reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument;
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay and examination writing, and tutorial discussion.
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
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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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.
Notes: 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): Diploma in Arts (Asian Studies)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Asian Studies
Asian Studies
Asian Studies
Asian Studies Major

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