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
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jeremy Breaden


Previously coded JPS3110


This unit explores the major changes in social organisation and lifestyles taking place in Japan since 2000. After surveying important aspects of contemporary Japanese society such as education, work, the family and consumer culture, the unit examines selected issues which are currently being debated in the Japanese media and political arena. Special attention will be given to Japan's engagement with globalisation, as manifested in debates over multiculturalism and international cooperation.


Students successfully completing this subject will have developed:

  1. Familiarity with the range of approaches applied to understanding contemporary Japanese society;
  2. Critical insights into the key changes in Japanese social organisation and lifestyles today, and the domestic and global dynamics of these changes;
  3. An appreciation of the relevance of Japanese experiences of social change to their own national and individual circumstances;
  4. Skills of independent research, textual analysis and communication, both oral and written.


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

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture per week
One 1-hour tutorial per week

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

Japanese studies
International studies
Asian studies