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JPS1090 - Understanding Contemporary Japan

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Alison Tokita


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit provides a necessary introduction to Japan for students who take Japanese language courses or wish to proceed to further Japanese studies units. Topics include Hiroshima and the war trials, the occupation, the economic development of post-war Japan, the legal structure, the socio-cultural and political dynamics of postwar Japan and its relations with the outside world, especially Australia.


On successfully completing this unit, students will have:

  1. Gained an understanding of the socio-economic and political dynamics of postwar Japan, its culture, and its relations with the outside world, especially Australia.
  2. Had experience in cricitally analyzing popular images or stereotypes that have served to colour the way Japan is viewed in Australia.
  3. Acquired familiarity with the major events shaping Japan's postwar history, the key institutions and issues in contemporary Japanese society and Japan in the international system.
  4. Improved their writing skills, as a basis for further development in second-year and third-year units.


Essay (2500 words): 50%
Tutorial presentation and participation: 15%
Examinations (2 hours): 35%

Contact hours

3 hours (2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week