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.
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.
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Tutorial attendance and participation
(10%), tutorial presentation (15%), tutorial essay 1000 words (15%), Issues
paper 2000 words (20%), Research essay 4,000 words (40%) Graduate students
attend classes with undergraduates but may expect more rigorous assessment.
Graduate students will not be required to sit a final exam.
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32 contact hours per semester
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
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)
This course assumes no prior knowledge of Japanese politics.
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