• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Japanese
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages

This is a high level advanced language course (higher than the Advanced Japanese Language courses). It serves three purposes. First, it serves as an intermediate stage between the advanced group and the independent research stage. Second, it allows students to familiarise themselves with key concepts and issues of Japanese history. Third, it improves the students' ability to read Japanese historical texts.

Using history textbooks and popular history writings, which are written in both contemporary and classical language, the course introduces students to the basic conceptual terminology in the field of history, and to the major happenings in Japanese history, and how these relate to more recent social and political issues. The topics may cover a variety of historical periods, ranging from samurai to modern soldiers, from Japanese creation myths to the foundation of the modern state, from imperialism to nationalism, from Kabuki theatre to soccer in contemporary Japan.

By the conclusion of the course, students should be familiar with the appropriate Japanese language tools necessary for Japanese history reading and for writing research essays in Japanese.The specific topics offered in a given year will depend on the lecturer(s) who will teach the course.

This course will be useful to students interested in history and current Japanese social and political issues.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to be able to read historical Japanese texts, including classical Japanese texts, on their own with dictionaries.  Anyone who is seriously doing some research in Japanese history should feel confident to use authentic historical documents in a printed form.  However, this course does not provide students with special skills to be able to decipher and read hand-written historical materials.  The number of students taking this course, including undergraduate students, is normally less than ten and individual guidance from the lecturer for each student is assured .

Indicative Assessment

1 Japanese Essay (20%) (3-5 pages of genkooyooshi)

1 Japanese-English translation of  texts  (25%)

Attendance (10%)

Presentation of a project (15%)

Take home exam (30%)

Self assesment (10%)

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Three contact hours per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

course materials will be prepared by the lecturer and available as handouts or as an e-Brick




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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

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

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3326 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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