Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitJapanese Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Beatrice Trefalt


Previously coded ASN2020


This unit examines the legacies of World War II in the Asia Pacific region, especially Japan,Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. It considers such well-known events as the Nanking Massacre of 1937 and the sexual slavery of so-called 'comfort women , as well as lesser known issues such as the use of Asian forced labour on the Burma-Thailand Railway or the experiences of colonial soldiers (Korean, Taiwanese, Filipino, Indian) in the conflict. Importantly, the unit examines critically how debates about the past affect international and domestic relations in the region, and why the wartime past continues to haunt Japan and its neighbours to this day.


Upon completion of the unit, the students should have acquired

  1. a solid foundation of knowledge about the Second World War in Asia and the Pacific
  2. familiarity with specific issues related to war legacies and war memory
  3. critical insights into the contested and fluid nature of representations of the past
  4. research and interpretation skills through tutorial preparation and participation, and through the submission of written assignments
  5. practice in presenting and debating ideas and interpretations effectively and in an informed manner, both orally and in writing.


Written work (3000 words): 70%
1 hour Exam: 20%
Tutorial contribution: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

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

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


A gateway unit in International Studies, Japanese Studies or permission.