• 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 PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Simon Avenell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Other Information

Academic Contact

Lauren Richardson: lauren.richardson@anu.edu.au

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

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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Workload

32 contact hours per semester

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with ASIA2031

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

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)

Assumed Knowledge

This course assumes no prior knowledge of Japanese politics.

Fees

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:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9462 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person View

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