• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies More...
  • Major code JPST-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate


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.

Areas of Interest

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Literature
  • Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Politics
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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:

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

Code Title Units
ASIA1025 Culture and Society in Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA1030 The Modern Transformation of Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA2058 Modern Japanese Culture 6
ASIA2009 Modern Japanese Society 6

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

Code Title Units
ARTV2052 Introducing Asian Modernisms 6
ARTV2053 Contemporary Asian Art 6
ASIA2001 Language in Asia 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
ASIA2020 Engaging Asia: Working with Government 6
ASIA2023 Japanese Economic Development Since World War 2 6
ASIA2031 Japanese Politics 6
ASIA2032 Japanese Law and Society 6
ASIA2045 Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda 6
ASIA2056 Korean and Japanese Cinema: Shaping Identities through the Lens 6
ASIA2074 Popular Culture in East Asia 6
ASIA2166 East Asian Women and War 6
ASIA2174 Mysticism 6
ASIA2251 Buddhist Thought 6
ASIA2309 Education and Social Change in Modern Japan 6
ASIA3006 Practical Assignment in Asia and the Pacific 6-12
ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories 6
  ASIA 3013: Read Asian Soc & Hist_B
ASIA3020 Accessing Japanese Law: Contemporary Issues in Japanese Law and Society 6
ASIA3011 Samurai Society and Social Control in Japan 6
ASIA3026 Special Topics in Asia and the Pacific 6-12
ASIA3050 From Angkor Wat to Rapa Nui: UNESCO World Heritage in SE Asia & the Pacific 6
  ASIA 4016: Asian Diasporas
BUSI2027 Development of Modern Business 6
BUSI2023 Dynamics of Asian Business 6
ECHI2109 Asian Giants: India, China and Japan; Alternate Paths to Prosperity(P) 6
HIST2136 World at War, 1939-1945 6
  LANG 3023: Translation Workshop
LANG3040 Critical Readings for Translators 6
  LANG 4001: Translation in Asia
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