Not offered in 2008
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.
Book review (2000 words): 25%
Paper (5000 words): 50%
Seminar presentation (2000 words): 25%
2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week