- Code ASIA2009
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Tomoko Akami
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2014
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This course is modern political history of Japan. It will introduce key political events and debates that were significant for modern Japanese society between the Meiji Restoration of 1868 and the present. It will also introduce some important concepts and frameworks to analyse power dynamics surrounding these key events and debates. The course aims to question certain clichés and national stereotypes in understanding of modern Japanese history and society. It explores the mechanism of how these clichés emerged, when, and why. It also aims to understand actions and thoughts of people in modern Japan, by relating to them and appreciating what challenges confronted them. The course locates these Japanese developments in a broader international and comparative context, as it is the research strength of the convener.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have knowledge of the key political developments of Japan between 1868 and the present. They will also have a critical approach to various cliches and stereotypes, and key frameworks and concepts to analyze these developments. They will also learn the skills to examine issues and argue the points based on evidence.
Tutorial work (20%), Book review (1000 words) (15%), Essay (2500 words) (30%), Final exam (35%).
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1.5 hour lecture and 1.5 hour seminar per week plus up to 7 hours non-contact work (reading, essay/assignment writing) per week.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Allinson, G., 'The Structure and Transformation of Conservative Rule', in Gordon (ed) Postwar Japan as History, UC Press, 1993.
Hane, M., Modern Japan: A Historical Survey, Westview Press, 1986.
Gordon, A. ed., Postwar Japan as History, University of California Press, 1981.
Gordon, A., A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present, Oxford University Press, 2003.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|5009||17 Feb 2014||07 Mar 2014||31 Mar 2014||30 May 2014||In Person||N/A|