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

Drawing on the key genres of Japanese modern and contemporary cultural production – manga, anime, film and visual arts – Japanese Popular Culture introduces students to the cultural narratives of post-war Japan and examines how the traditions and cultural roots of the past continue to influence cultural behavior and production today. Approaching these visual texts from a variety of socio-cultural, psychological and literary perspectives, the course will examine how meanings are produced in image and text and how these visual representations construct identities and present such social issues as gender, youth culture, the individual, the family and the community.

Learning Outcomes

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

On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the defining characteristics of Japanese visual culture, and of how the traditions and cultural roots of the past continue to influence cultural behaviour and practice today;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical paradigms that apply to cultural studies and an ability to draw on this theoretical and cultural knowledge to analyse primary course materials;
3. Develop a variety of analytic, research and communicative skills; information gathering and evaluation, academic writing, debating, discussion leading and presentation skills;
4. Develop the ability to work in cooperative groups on key issues in the field of Japanese cultural studies and to communicate findings to others.

Indicative Assessment

1. Five tutorial Reading Responses & Discussion Forum - 15% (1, 2, 3,4)
2. Essay #1 (25%) - 1,500 words (1, 2, 3)
3. Essay #2 (50%) - 2,500 words
     3.1 Essay Outline (Topic, Research Question, Abstract and Annotated Bibliography) (10%) (1, 2, 3)
     3.2 Essay Draft (Primary Source analysis, essay structure outline) (15%) (1, 2, 3)
     3.3 Final Essay (25%) (1, 2, 3)
4. Participation and In-Class Essay Presentation (10%) (1, 2, 3, 4)

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The course comprises a weekly load of three contact hours. It demands six hours of tutorial preparation, including assigned readings, and review of lectures.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of university courses.

Preliminary Reading

Befu, Harumi. (2009) 'Concepts of Japan, Japanese culture and the Japanese', in Yoshio Sugimoto (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Modern Japanese Culture, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 21-37.

Kawano Satsuki, (2013) 'Introduction: Differentiation and Uncertainty', Capturing Contemporary Japan.Ateneo De Manila Univ Pr. 1-25.

1-2 Primary visual sources per week (Manga, Anime, Film or Visual Art) and 2 article-length readings per week, over the semester




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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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
9814 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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