Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitJapanese Studies
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jeremy Breaden


This unit examines social institutions as sites for the exercise of power among individuals, organisations and states in East Asia. Institutions such as education, law, family, mass media, religion and business are examined from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, using contemporary case studies drawn from across the East Asian region. The unit explores how policy, discourse and practice surrounding social institutions shape and are shaped by individual action, and how the study of social institutions can enrich understanding of the cultures of East Asia.


Students successfully completing this subject will have developed:

  1. Familiarity with the range of approaches applied to understanding contemporary t Asian societies;
  2. Critical insights into the key changes in social organisation and lifestyles in Asia today, and the regional and global dimensions of these changes;
  3. An understanding of how cultural context affects the dynamics of individual and group empowerment in Asian societies
  4. An appreciation of the relevance of Asian experiences of social change to their own national and individual circumstances;
  5. Skills of independent research, textual analysis and communication, both oral and written.


Written work (3000 words): 60%
Exam (1 hour): 30% +Tutorial attendance and participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

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

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