• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies More...
  • Major code JPST-MAJ


A Japanese studies major 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 major provides students with a nuanced understanding of 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 major, knowledge of the Japanese language is not required for the Japanese studies major.


Learning Outcomes

  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 the processes and disciplinary approaches through which current knowledge about Japanese studies has developed.

Areas of Interest

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Literature
  • Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Politics
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:





24 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
ASIA2058 Japanese Popular Culture: Manga, Anime, Film & the Visual Arts 6
ASIA2009 The Making of Modern Japan: From Samurai to Economic Superpower and Beyond 6

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

Code Title Units
  ARTV 2052: Introducing Asian Modernisms
  ARTV 2053: Contemporary Asian Art
ASIA2001 Language in Asia and the Pacific 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
  ASIA 2020: Engaging Asia
  ASIA 2023: Jap Eco Dev Since WW2
ASIA2031 Japanese Politics 6
  ASIA 2032: Japanese Law and Society
ASIA2045 Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda 6
  ASIA 2056: Korean & Japanese Cinema
ASIA2074 Popular Culture in East Asia 6
  ASIA 2166: East Asian Women and War
  ASIA 2174: Mysticism
  ASIA 2251: Buddhist Thought
  ASIA 2309: Ed Soc Ch in Mod Japan
  ASIA 3006: Prac Assign in Asia Pacific
ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories 6
  ASIA 3013: Read Asian Soc & Hist_B
  ASIA 3020: Accessing Japanese Law
ASIA3011 Samurai Society and Social Control in Japan 6
  ASIA 3026: Special Topics in Asia and Pac
  ASIA 3050: Asia & Pacific World Heritage
  ASIA 4016: Asian Diasporas
  BUSI 2027: Development Mod Bus
BUSI2023 Dynamics of Asian Business 6
ECHI2109 Asian Giants: India, China and Japan; Alternate Paths to Prosperity(P) 6
HIST2136 World at War, 1939-1945 6
  LANG 3023: Translation Workshop
  LANG 3040: Critical Readings
  LANG 4001: Translation in Asia
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