INTRODUCTION TO ASIA: JAPAN AND INDONESIA

AST2IJI

2020

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship is about learning to live in an interconnected world, including the social, environmental, political and economic challenges this brings.

Subject outline

In this subject you are introduced to two of Australia's Asian neighbours, Japan and Indonesia. To ensure a systematic approach, the subject focuses on how countries are run (government), how people connect with each other (society) and how people perceive themselves and how outsiders perceive them (culture). The subject is both contemporary and historical, and examines pre-European history, the impact of European imperialists and the condition of these countries today. With AST1IIC (Introduction to Asia: India and China), you will be prepared for more detailed study of Asia and for further study in Politics, History, Sociology and Anthropology. You will learn the foundations of knowledge required to study Asian languages, in particular Japanese and Indonesian. This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship entails deep appreciation of how we live in an interconnected world, being able to recognize the global context of concepts, act across cultures and boundaries,and work with diverse communities now and in the future.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKaori Okano

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects POL1IJI

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at first-year level for an Asian studies major

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA History of Modern Indonesia since c.1200 3rd EditionRecommendedRicklefs, M.C.BASINGSTOKE: PALGRAVE 2001
ReadingsRoutledge handbook of contemporary IndonesiaRecommendedHefner, R.W. (ed.)Routledge
ReadingsIntroduction to Japanese society (4th edition)RecommendedSugimoto, Y.CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 2010
ReadingsCambridge companion to modern Japanese cultureRecommendedSugimoto, Y. (ed.)CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 2009
ReadingsThe emergence of modern JapanRecommendedHunter, J.LONGMAN 1989

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Compare how Indonesia and Japan have responded to political, economic and social change since the 19th century

Activities:
Lectures, tutorial discussions, group class presentations, online debates, essays and exams
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

02. Construct a well-argued essay

Activities:
Essay writing
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)

03. Contribute meaningfully to critical discussions and debates about Indonesian and Japanese history, politics and culture

Activities:
Tutorial discussions, group class presentations, online debates, essays and exams
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

04. Understand the basic parameters of Indonesian and Japanese history, politics and culture

Activities:
Lectures, tutorial discussions, group class presentations, online debates, essays and exams
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKaori Okano

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group presentation (800-word equivalent)Team work is assessed by each group submitting a journal which records collaborative meeting and works. When submitted, it will have signatures from all members.20 01, 03, 04
Written assessments (2300-word equivalent)1 x long essay (1500 words) and 1 x short essay (800 words) These assessment will test the students' capacity to apply their knowledge and critical perspectives in developing argument.60 01, 02, 03, 04
Weekly online quizzes (800 word equivalent)This assessment will test the students' capacity to apply their knowledge and critical perspectives.20 01, 04