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Advanced Studies in Japanese Society (12 points)


Leader: Ross Mouer

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit provides a basic introduction to Japanese society, including stereotypes, images and models of Japanese society. It will provide students with a basic framework for conceptualising Japanese society and its fundamental institutions (the education system, political culture, the family, and the organisation of work). A number of social issues confronting contemporary Japan and an array of themes dominating intellectual discussion in post-war Japan (including democratisation, modernisation, postmodernism, nationalism and internationalisation) will also be surveyed.

Assessment: Book review (2000 words): 25% + Paper (5000 words): 50% + Seminar presentation (2000 words): 25%

Contact Hours: Two hour seminar per week

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