units

ATS2648

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

print version

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered, or view unit timetables.

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitJapanese Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Jeremy Breaden

Notes

Previously coded JPS2110

Synopsis

This unit explores the dynamics of continuity and change in the society, culture and politics of Japan today. After surveying important aspects of contemporary Japan such as employment, education, domestic life and consumer culture in historical perspective, the unit examines selected issues which are currently being debated in the Japanese media and political arena. Students will be introduced to the key theoretical approaches and analytical tools employed in the study of contemporary Japan. No knowledge of the Japanese language is required, but students also studying Japanese will be given opportunities to use and extend their language skills in optional assessment tasks and class activities.

Outcomes

Students successfully completing this unit will be able to:

  1. Identify the key institutions and issues in contemporary Japan, and the historical context for their development;
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts and terms used to describe and discuss contemporary Japanese society and culture beyond Japan;
  3. Apply a range of disciplinary approaches to analyse major issues and debates in contemporary Japan;
  4. Reflect on the relevance of Japanese experiences of social change to other national and individual circumstances;
  5. Explore how contemporary Japanese social and cultural phenomena are reflected in, and shaped by, Japanese language use;
  6. Read critically and engage with existing research on Japan;
  7. (For students of the Japanese language only:) Utilize Japanese language skills in academic research and discussion of contemporary issues in Japan, as appropriate to proficiency level.

Assessment

Written work (2500 words): 50%
Exam (2-hours): 40%
Participation: 10%

Workload requirements

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prohibitions

ATS3648