• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Literature More...
  • Minor code JPST-MIN
  • 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.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a Bachelor degree with a minor 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
    • Asian Studies
    • Asia Pacific Studies
    • Literature
    • Asia-Pacific Studies
    • Politics
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    This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

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

    Code Title Units
    ASIA2058 Modern Japanese Culture 6
    ASIA2009 Modern Japanese Society 6

    12 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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