6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Associate Professor Beatrice Trefalt
Not offered in 2019
A gateway unit in International studies, Japanese studies or permission.
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
- a solid foundation of knowledge about the Second World War in Asia and the Pacific
- familiarity with specific issues related to war legacies and war memory
- critical insights into the contested and fluid nature of representations of the past
- research and interpretation skills through tutorial preparation and participation, and through the submission of written assignments
- practice in presenting and debating ideas and interpretations effectively and in an informed manner, both orally and in writing.
Within semester assessment: 100%
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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