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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Dubbed 'Cool Japan' in the West, Japan is a non-Western, post-modern liberal democracy which continues, nevertheless, to exhibit 'pre-modern' tendencies to promote a strong sense of ethnic identity. Students will critically examine Japan's social order, its response to local and global social changes, and the diverse ways that people experience and make sense of their daily lives. The subject allows for an in-depth study of Japanese society, drawing on anthropological concepts and ethnographic studies. Topics include identity politics, gender, social inequality, the environment, childhood and adolescent socialisation, the family, popular culture, human rights and peace.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorElise Foxworth

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Prerequisites 15 credit points of any second year subject, or subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction of Japanese SocietyRecommendedSugimoto, Y 2010CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsA Companion to the Anthropology of JapanPreliminaryRobertson, J 2005BLACKWELL

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