ATS3652 - Japan as empire: From Meiji to 1945 - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Japanese Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Beatrice Trefalt


Dr Beatrice Trefalt

Not offered in 2018


ATS1318 or ATS1319 or ATS1149, or ATS1325 or ATS1326 or two gateway units in an Asian language




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


Within semester assessment: 60% + Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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