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. 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. After the two week delivery, students are given an extra fortnight to write their essay. Again we emphasise that this s subject is a TWO-WEEK intensive held DAILY, Mon to Fri from 10am to 3pm (with a one hour lunch break) . However, it is embedded in the 'summer one' time slot, which is actually a twelve week time slot. Although this subject takes place over a fortnight in Nov of a given year, the grades are not released by the university until Feb or March the following year, therefore graduation will take place after the release of the grades. You will come away with a sophisticated understanding of contemporary Japan.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEmerald King

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesDiscuss 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. Manage in class assessments and quizzes pertaining to the reading material. Students will give 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. 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.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Introduction of Japanese Society

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorSugimoto, Y





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Contribute to and lead discussions on the daily readings on a daily basis
02. Comprehend, analyse and articulate diverse positions/arguments at an advanced standard
03. Present a persuasive argument in Japanese Studies an advanced standard
04. Produce an original well presented analysis or response to a relevant topic at an advanced standard

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Summer, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmerald King

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 46 - 7
Ten 5.00 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 46 to week 7 and delivered via blended.
This is a two week intensive course, daily 10-3.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

On-going Assessment (tutorial leadership and in-class quizzes) (equivalent to 1000 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Oral Presentation and Debate (equivalent to 1500 words)

N/AOral presentationGroupNo35 SILO2, SILO3

Written Essay (1600 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4