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JPS3190 - Japanese Management and the Economy

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Robyn Spence-Brown


Not offered in 2007


This unit introduces students to the historical background of the Japanese economy, and examines the post-war development of the Japanese economy, various aspects of contemporary Japanese management, the Australia-Japan relationship and various theoretical perspectives on the relationship between the state and markets (including the issue of trade friction).


This subject has been designed to give students a good grasp of Japanese management and the economic history of Japan as well as to introduce students to the political economy of contemporary Japan. By completing this subject, students will:

  1. Have developed an understanding of the basic characteristics of Japanese management.
  2. Have become acquainted with the modern history of the Japanese economy.
  3. Have become familiar with various contemporary aspects, trends, and problems of the modern Japanese economy.
  4. Have sharpened analytical skills through discussions of contending theoretical perspectives which attempt to explain the character of Japanese management and the economy.


Major essay (2000 words): 40%
Tutorial participation and presentation (1000 words): 20%
Final exam (1.5 hours): 40%
Students at third-year level will be expected to complete work at a higher standard.

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week


First-year Japanese language, Japanese studies, economics, or management related disciplines and the completion of at least two second-year units in any discipline, or permission.