• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The course will cover the political history of Japan since 1850 serves as the main framework for the study of social change and education in modern Japan. The aim is to explore and analyse transformation of an agrarian society into an urban one, with the attendant reshaping of the life course of Japanese people, is studied within the context of state formation in modern Japan. The lives of representative Japanese, especially that phase of the life course spent in school, are studied in relation to the political history of the nation-state and the changing place of Japan in the modern world.

Indicative Assessment

2000 word Essay (30%); A review of a chapter in the prescribed reading (15%) Tutorial presentation and participation in tutorial discussion each week (15%) Self assessment (10%); Final examination (30%) Self Assessment (10%)

Late submission of required assignment will incur a penalty of 10 points on each working day.

Students will be expected to evaluate themselves by assessing their understanding of the course content and contribution to the tutorial between the beginning and the end of the course.

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3 hours per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 24 units of university courses.

Prescribed Texts

Photocopied reading materials will be provided.

Preliminary Reading

Marshall, B.K., Learning to be Modern: Japanese Political Discourse on Education, Westview Press, 1995.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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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
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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