UNDERSTANDING JAPANESE SOCIETY

AST3UJS

2015

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. Students completing a Japanese major will undertake tutorials and related assessment in the Japanese language.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorElise Foxworth

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Evaluate diverse positions/arguments at an advanced standard

Activities:
Discuss and evaluate diverse positions/arguments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

02. Learn to lead discussion in groups or as a group member and or/leader

Activities:
Work with a tutorial group
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Speaking (Speaking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

03. Present a persuasive argument in Asian Studies at an advanced standard

Activities:
Active tutorial discussions and presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Produce an original well presented response to a relevant topic at an advanced standard

Activities:
Produce an original essay of high quality
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

05. Social and cultural awareness at an advanced level

Activities:
Reading and participating in group discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

06. Summarize research and arguments on a relevant topic at an advanced standard

Activities:
Essay and group presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

07. Write reflectively on a topic related to contemporary Japanese society at an advanced standard

Activities:
Writing essays of high quality
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Week 49-50, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorElise Foxworth

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 49 - 50
One 1.0 hours lecture per day on weekdays during the day from week 49 to week 50 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 49 - 50
One 2.5 hours tutorial per day on weekdays during the day from week 49 to week 50 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1000-word equivalent group presentation (7 mins/person)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
One 1000-word equivalent online assessment25 01, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
One 2000-word essay50 01, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07