Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 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.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Dr Beatrice Trefalt


Previously coded JPS2150


This unit provides an overview of the origins and transformations of Japanese culture from the classical period to the 20th century, focussing especially on the visual, performative and literary arts. The variety of influences shaping Japanese art and cultural forms are examined in historical context. This unit offers a broad perspective of Japanese cultural and artistic forms, allowing students to focus on areas of individual interest.


Upon completion of this unit, students will have acquired:

  1. A solid base of knowledge in the history and development of the Japanese arts and their relationship to Japanese culture;
  2. Some basic skills in critical reflection on the transformation of culture and the related impact on cultural forms;
  3. Research skills, critical reading skills and academic essay writing skills;
  4. An ability to produce coherent argumentation, both in writing and orally.


Tutorial attendance and participation: 10%
Written assignments (2500 words in total): 50%
Exam (2-hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Beatrice Trefalt

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture for 12 weeks
One 1-hour tutorial for 11 weeks

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

Japanese studies
Japanese language
International studies
Asian studies


First-year Japanese or other Asian language or Japanese or other Asian studies sequence or combination.


ATS2650/ATS3650 and ATS3651