• Offered by Sch of International Political & Strategic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies, Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Rikki Kersten
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course will offer an introduction to the foundations of Japanese politics, with a special focus on the theme of state-society relations in contemporary Japan. The course will begin by analyzing the power structures and institutions that have underpinned the political world in Japan from the post-World War II era through to the present day. It will proceed to examine the workings of the Japanese government through contemporary issues pertaining to domestic and foreign policy and the role of civil society therein. Lectures and tutorials will feature topics such as relocation of the military base in Okinawa, the Fukushima disaster and nuclear energy, constitutional revision, and the “comfort women” issue.

Learning Outcomes

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

This course aims to equip students with a survey knowledge of Japanese political history in the contemporary era. A second aim is to familiarise students with the scholarly debates that have arisen concerning the study of Japanese politics. A third objective is to encourage students to hone academic skills such as critical thinking and reading, and clear academic writing and analysis.



Other Information

Academic Contact

Lauren Richardson: lauren.richardson@anu.edu.au





Indicative Assessment

Tutorial attendance and participation (10%), tutorial presentation (15%), tutorial paper 1,000 words (15%), research essay 2,000 words (30%) and final examination (30%)


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Workload

32 contact hours per semester

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of any courses.

Prescribed Texts

John Dower, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II (W. W. Norton & Company/The New Press, 1999); Frank J. Schwartz & Susan J. Pharr, eds, The State of Civil Society in Japan (Cambridge University Press, 2003); Franziska Seraphim, War Memory and Social Politics in Japan, 1945-2005 (Harvard University Press, 2006); J.A.A. Stockwin, Governing Japan: Divided Politics in a Resurgent Economy (Blackwell, 2008)

 


Preliminary Reading

Curtis, Gerald L. The Logic of Japanese Politics. New York: Columbia University Press 1999. Oxford. Black well Publishers, 1999. ?


Reading list to be provided in the course outline.

Assumed Knowledge





Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2190
2006 $2190
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3234
2006 $3240
2007 $3240
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4196 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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