• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Hans Envall
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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Japan's role as a major power in the Asia-Pacific and the world generally makes understanding the context, drivers and nature of its foreign and security policies an imperative. This course examines how Japan has approached international affairs, from the 19th century until the present. It covers both the domestic and international dimensions of Japanese policymaking, focusing on how different political forces and questions of identity have shaped the evolution of the country's foreign and security policy practices. Key areas of study include: the historical emergence of Japanese strategic thinking; the establishment of the so-called Yoshida Doctrine and the country's alliance with the US during the Cold War; its relationship with other nations in Northeast Asia; and the security reforms enacted at different stages over the post-Cold War period.

Learning Outcomes

* An appreciation of the nature and substance of the historical
     factors that so restrict Japan’s existence as a contemporary world
   * An understanding of the importance of the retrospective political
     management of war memory for Japan’s contemporary relations with
     Northeast Asian nations
   * An appreciation of how these historical factors play out in
     particular thematic contexts such as collective responsibility,
     victim consciouisness, war guilt and compensation.

Indicative Assessment

1. Short paper; equals 15% of total grade

2. Long essay; equals 30% of total grade

3. Seminar Presentation (based on long essay); equals 15%of total grade

4. Written examination; equals 30% of total grade

5. Attendance and participation; equals 10% of total grade

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  The course requires two contact hours each week and from six to ten hours a week outside the contact hours.

Prescribed Texts


1. Sheila Miyoshi Jager and Rana Mitter eds., Ruptured Histories: War, Memory, and the Post-Cold War in Asia. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2007.

2. Franziska Seraphim, War Memory and Social Politics in Japan, 1945 – 2005. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2006.



1. Franziska Seraphim, "Relocating war memory at century's end", in Jager and Mitter eds., Ruptured Histories: War, memory and the post-Cold War in Asia. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2007, pp 15-46.

2. Karl Jaspers, The Question of German Guilt. New York: Fordham University Press, 2000 {1947}.  E.B. Ashton trans., pp 21 – 44.

 3. Maruyama Masao, Thought and Behaviour in Modern Japanese Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1969{1946}. See "Theory and psychology of ultranationalism", pp 1-24



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:
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.

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

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4869 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person

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