• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Literature More...
  • Minor code JPST-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate


A Japanese studies minor has many benefits in today’s globalised world and the Asian Century. As one of Australia’s key trading partners, private and public sector employers actively recruit ANU graduates with detailed knowledge of and experience in Japan.

This minor provides students with a detailed introduction to the historical, political and cultural forces that have shaped the development and current state of modern Japan. Armed with this understanding students will be able to engage meaningfully with the culture, society and people while helping to bridge the divides separating Japan and Australia.

Though designed to complement the Japanese language minor, knowledge of the Japanese language is not required for the Japanese studies minor.




Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, studentswill have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Understand and evaluate historical and current events and developments that have shaped Japan,

2. Identify and critique the contemporary socio-cultural and political systems of Japan,

3. Analyse developments in Japan in their regional and global contexts,

4. Understand thehistorical and disciplinary processes through which current knowledge aboutJapanese studies has developed. 

Areas of Interest

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Literature
  • Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Politics
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change 6
ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion 6

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA2009 The Making of Modern Japan: From Samurai to Economic Superpower and Beyond 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA2017 History of International Relations in Northeast Asia 6
ASIA2031 Japanese Politics 6
ASIA2058 Japanese Popular Culture: Manga, Anime, Film & the Visual Arts 6
ASIA3040 Literary and Cultural Discourse in Modern Japan 6
ASIA3011 Samurai Society and Social Control in Japan 6
INTR2018 Japanese Foreign and Security Policy 6
ASIA3027 Issues in Japanese Policy in their global context 6
LING2028 Japanese Linguistics 6
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