• 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, Cultural Studies, History, Sociology, Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Li Narangoa
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This is a Japanese history course taught in Japanese. This course is for students with high level advanced Japanese language competency. It serves three purposes. First, it serves as an intermediate stage between advanced group language study and independent research. Second, it allows students to familiarize themselves with key concepts and issues of Japanese history. Third, it improves the students' ability to read Japanese historical texts.

Using history textbooks, academic research and historical texts (since late 19th century) the course introduces students to both 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. Once a week we will read sample texts from a historical period. 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.

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 successfully completed this course, students will be able to:

- demonstrate understanding of key concepts and issues of Japanese history.
- read Japanese historical texts.
- write an analytical essay in Japanese
- demonstrate basic empirical knowledge of Japanese history and society
- demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of social and political structure of Japan
- demonstrate understanding of the appropriate Japanese language tools necessary for Japanese history reading and for writing research essays in Japanese.

Indicative Assessment

Participation (10%)
Essay (15%) (1200 words)
Written response papers (10 written response papers to the readings, 250-300 words each)  (20%)
Oral Presentation (10%)
Kanji list (2x5%=10%)
Exam (35%)
All assessments are in Japanese.

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This course will be delivered in a seminar format (3 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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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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