• Class Number 4017
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Tomoko Akami
    • AsPr Tomoko Akami
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

This course is designed for students with high level advanced Japanese language competency. As a Japanese language course, it is primarily a readings course focusing on improving the students' ability to read authentic Japanese texts in the related areas. This course serves two purposes. First, it fills a role as a Japanese language course between the advanced group stage and the independent research stage. Second, it allows substantive investigation into the discipline and issues of IR/politics relevant to Japan. The specific focus and topics of the course may vary.
This course will be useful to students interested in IR/politics relevant to Japan, and careers involving Japan in the area of IR/politics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Evaluate key concepts and issues on Japanese international relations and politics.
  2. Engage on an academic level with authentic Japanese texts on related issues.
  3. Demonstrate near-native level of language competence and independent research skills in Japanese.
  4. Present sustained academic arguments with confidence on a variety of topical issues related to Japanese international relations and politics, with a nuanced understanding of the broader academic discourses.

Required Resources

Course materials will be uploaded in the wattle site.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written feedback for a written assignment
  • verbal feedback for class attendance and participation 
  • overall feedback for overall performance

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Session 1: 24 Feb: What is going on now in domestic and international politics? 1: Japanese newspaper article 1:
2 Session 2 - 3 Mar: What is going on now in domestic and international politics? 2: Japanese newspaper article 2:
3 Session 3 - 10 Mar: What is going on now in domestic and international politics? 3: Japanese newspaper article 3
4 Session 4 - 17 Mar: Reading expert's work for the general public 1: General journal article 1+ Workshop: writing a scholarly paper in Japanese Summary 1 due 22 March
5 Session 5 - 24 Mar: self-study - no class: for developing a research topic, and research on the subject
6 Session 6 - 31 Mar: Reading expert's work for the general public 2: General journal article 2
7 Teaching break
8 Session 7 - 21 Ap: Reading expert's work for the general public 3: General journal article 3
9 Session 8 - 28 Ap: Reading academic journal article1 Summary 2 due: 3 May
10 Session 9 - 5 May: Reading academic journal article 2
11 Session 10 - 12 May: Reading academic journal article 3
12 Session 11 - 19 May: Reading a book chapter 1
13 Session 12 - 26 May: Reading a book chapter 2 Research essay due: 7 June

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
10%: Participation 10 % 22/02/2021 28/05/2021 1,2
UG: 20% x 2 = 40%: 2 summaries (in Japanese: 900 characters) of the materials read in the class 40 % 22/03/2021 17/05/2021 1,2,3,4
UG: 50%: Research Essay (3200 characters) 50 % 07/06/2021 21/06/2021 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 22/02/2021
Return of Assessment: 28/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

10%: Participation

For each session, students are required to

  • read and translate the materials given for the session
  • summarize the key points.
  • pick up a few key concepts and terminologies and explain to the class.
  • actively participate in the discussion relevant to the topics and questions proposed by the moderators of the week.

Moderators for each session, 

  • make 3 questions for the class to discuss, and circulate these questions among class members at least by Monday night.
  • moderate and lead discussions on these questions and key issues.

If you miss more than 3 sessions, you will have no mark in this category.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 22/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 17/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

UG: 20% x 2 = 40%: 2 summaries (in Japanese: 900 characters) of the materials read in the class


2 x summary in Japanese (900 characters: including footnotes, but not biblio) = 20% x 2

  • Do not copy the words from the readings.
  • Use your own words to summarise the main points.
  • Assessment criteria in Wattle

Due dates:

  • 2021-03-22; 2021-05-03


  • 2021-04-05; 2021-05-17

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 07/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 21/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

UG: 50%: Research Essay (3200 characters)


A research essay in Japanese on a topic relevant to the course, ideally using the materials read in this course, and include other relevant, and scholarly Japanese materials:

  • 50%
  • Word limits: 3200 characters including footnote, but not bibliography.
  • The topic needs to be agreed by the convener.
  • Assessment criteria in the wattle.

For those who need guidelines for essay writing, please see the essay guide available on the Wattle. 

  • This guide is for an essay in English language, but a scholarly, persuasive writing in Japanese also follows a similar logic.
  • We will do a workshop on the proper footnoting and biblio format for scholarly Japanese writing.

Only a submission to the course wattle site will be accepted.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
AsPr Tomoko Akami

Research Interests

history of international organisations, Japan's foreign policy, the League of Nations, regional organisations

AsPr Tomoko Akami

By Appointment
AsPr Tomoko Akami

Research Interests

AsPr Tomoko Akami

By Appointment

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