UNDERSTANDING JAPANESE SOCIETY

AST3UJS

2019

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 sociological concepts and ethnographic studies. Topics include identity politics, gender, social inequality, the environment,education, the family, popular culture, human rights and peace. This subject is conducted entirely in English and the reading material is in English.

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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Contribute to and lead discussions on the daily readings on a daily basis

Activities:
Discuss and evaluate diverse positions/arguments derived from the readings. When given the leadership role (on a rotating basis) come extra prepared with question points and encourage all members of your group to participate in the discussion.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)

02. Comprehend, analyse and articulate diverse positions/arguments at an advanced standard

Activities:
Manage in class assessments and quizzes pertaining to the reading material.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

03. Present a persuasive argument in Japanese Studies an advanced standard

Activities:
Students will give pair presentations to the class about societal issues pertaining to contemporary Japan. Students will also be teamed up to present debates and must work together on their topic and argue convincingly.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)

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

Activities:
Produce an original written essay in English of high quality. Students will be given clear and strict guidelines and will submit an essay concerning a set topic pertaining to Japan.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Week 48-08, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorElise Foxworth

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 48 - 49
Ten 5.0 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 48 to week 49 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
On-going Assessment (tutorial leadership and in-class quizzes) (equivalent to 1000 words)25 01, 02, 03
Oral Presentation (equivalent to 800 words)20 02, 03
Debate (equivalent to 600 words)15 02, 03
Written Essay (1600 words)40 02, 03, 04