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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is designed for students without knowledge of the Japanese language. It aims to give an introduction to Japanese manga and anime, in particular to the characteristics of the language in the creation of this particular artistic/popular medium. Students will be provided with the opportunity to analyse the most famous works and to debate issues such as Japanese society, culture and history. Students will also be given the task to analyse the local and global topics in respect to their reception.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLidia Tanaka

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Asian Studies subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjects AST2JAM, AST3JAM, JPN3JAM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAnime essentials: everything a fan needs to know,RecommendedPoitras, G.STONE BRIDGE PRESS 2001
ReadingsAnime explosion! The what? why? and wow! of Japanese animation,RecommendedDrazen, P.STONE BRIDGE PRESS 2003
ReadingsAnime: from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle,RecommendedNapier, S.PALGRAVE 2005
ReadingsManga, manga: the world of Japanese comics,RecommendedSchodt, F.KODANSHA 1983
ReadingsMangajin's basic Japanese,RecommendedAshizawa, K.WETHERHILL 1998

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Evaluate different positions and arguments

Participate in group discussions

02. Present a brief and persuasive argument

Participate in tutorial discussions

03. Produce and original and well researched work

Essay writing and presentation

04. Summarize research and arguments related to Japanese anime and manga

Write essays and presentation

05. Work effectively in groups

Tutorial participation

06. Write effectively on a topic related to Japanese anime and manga

Writing essays

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