• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code JPST-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
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Description

Japanese Studies at the ANU covers the fields of history, religion, gender and cultural studies (including literature and film studies), politics, economics, sociology and education.

A Japanese studies major provides students with a solid foundation upon which to develop both general and specialist interests in Japanese society, culture, history, Japan's place in Asia and its role in the world. As a nation central to Australia's interests an engagement with scholarship on Japan is invaluable. The Japanese studies major is designed to complement the Japanese language major, though knowledge of the Japanese language is not required for courses in the Japanese studies major.

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a Bachelor degree with a major in Japanese Studies, graduates will be able to:

  • Speak and write about theories, factual content and research approaches relevant to Japanese Studies.
  • Identify relevant regional and international literature relevant to Japanese Studies.
  • Determine the processes through which current knowledge about Japanese Studies has been developed.

 

Course Lists

The course lists in the "Requirements" section below is a definitive   list and includes all courses that can be counted towards the major,   whether or not they are offered in the current year. For a list of   courses that will be offered in the current year, please see the Summary of Courses page.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Speak and write about theories, factual content and research approaches relevant to Japanese Studies;

2. Identify relevant regional and international literature relevant to Japanese Studies;

3. Demonstrate an analytic understanding of the meanings that have been attached to the variety of Japanese experiences

4. Determine the processes through which current knowledge about Japanese Studies has been developed;

5. Marshal evidence in support of arguments, and construct analytical narratives in response to empirical and theoretical research.

Additional Information

The following courses can only be included if the material covered lies within the discipline of Japanese Studies, in the judgment of the major coordinator:
  • ASIA3006 Practical Assignment in Asia and the Pacific
  • ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories
  • ASIA3026 Advanced topics in Asian Studies
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Requirements

Study Options 
 
Students may take up to two courses outside of this list with advanced permission from the Undergraduate Convenor, provided the courses contribute to the major's learning outcomes. The College of Asia & the Pacific encourages students to consider applying to take a Vice Chancellor's undergraduate course (VCUG) as part of this major.
 
Please Note: To see the pre-2012 rules for this major, students can navigate to the 2011 version of Study@.

 

Major Requirements

This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change 6
ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion 6
ASIA1035 Introduction to Asian Politics 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA2009 Modern Japan: the state and the society from Meiji to the present 6
ASIA2058 Japanese Popular Culture: Manga, Anime, Film & the Visual Arts 6
ASIA2095 Japanese Literature in Translation 6

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ARCH3024 In the footprints of Siddhartha: The Archaeology of Buddhism 6
ARTV2052 Introducing Asian Modernisms 6
ARTV2053 Contemporary Asian Art 6
ASIA2001 Language in Asia 6
ASIA2017 International Relations in North East Asia 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
ASIA2031 Japanese Politics 6
ASIA2045 The Investigative Historian in Asia 6
ASIA2074 Popular Culture in East Asia 6
ASIA2092 Gender, Labour and Capitalism in East Asia 6
ASIA2174 Mysticism 6
ASIA2251 Buddhist Thought 6
ASIA2304 What is Literature? Asian Perspectives 6
ASIA2309 Education and Social Change in Modern Japan 6
ASIA3006 Practical Assignment in Asia and the Pacific 6-12
ASIA3011 Samurai Society and Social Control in Japan 6
ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories 6
ASIA3026 Special Topics in Asian Studies 6-12
ECHI2109 Asian Giants: India, China and Japan; Alternate Paths to Prosperity(P) 6
HIST2136 World at War, 1939-1945 6
INTR2018 Japan's Security Dilemmas 6
PASI2006 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific 6
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