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 First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Beatrice Trefalt


Previously coded JPS3180


This unit introduces broad themes and debates in modern Japanese history, from the late Tokugawa period through the Meiji restoration, the growth of Empire with the annexation of Taiwan and Korea, Taisho democracy, the militarization of the early Showa period, the disastrous expansion of WWII and its immediate consequences for the emerging Japanese post-war state. Students completing this unit will have a solid background in the most important themes of the history of Modern Japan, and will be able to use this to deepen their understanding of contemporary Japanese culture and politics. The unit will also focus on refining critical reading skills, research skills and essay writing skills.


  1. A solid base of knowledge in crucial events and trends of modern Japan's early history, and an sophisticated understanding of the major historical debates around these events and trends
  2. Refined skills in critical reflection on the methods of knowing and evaluating the past
  3. Extensive research skills, excellent critical reading skills and academic essay writing skills
( 4) An ability to produce coherent and logical argumentation, both in writing and orally


Tutorial attendance and multiple choice quizzes: 10%
Written assignments (3500 words in total): 50%
Exam (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Beatrice Trefalt

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
Japanese language
Asian studies


ATS1318 or ATS1319 or ATS1149, or ATS1325 or ATS1326 or first year sequence in an Asian language