• Class Number 6634
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
    • Dr HDP Envall
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

Japan's role as a major power in the Asia-Pacific region makes understanding the nature and drivers of its foreign and security policy imperative.  This course examines how foreign and security policy is made in Japan, first focusing on the domestic political and economic variables that affect policy and then analysing some of the specific policy challenges Japan faces.   These include the pacifist constitution; the problem of historical memory; the overseas deployment of the SDF; the 3/11 disaster and nuclear power; and Japan’s relations with the U.S., China, and its other neighbours in the region.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. A comprehensive understanding of the evolution of Japan's political system, economy and changing domestic context for foreign and security policy since World War II;
  2. An understanding of the domestic political and economic variables that affect these policies;
  3. An understanding of the major strategic partnerships and security challenges faced by Japan;
  4. Deeper insights into the specific foreign and security policy challenges with which Japan grapples, and the approach the government has taken to date;
  5. The ability to understand the Japanese government’s perspective and involvement in regional security matters;
  6. The capacity to make an argument in both written and oral work and to be able to apply the concepts and theories of the course to actual events (as developed through written assessments, in-class discussions and tutorial-based activities).

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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 Lecture Introduction & overview Tutorial Does Japan matter?
2 Lecture Sovereignty, empire & the road to war Tutorial Japan’s war with the United States: Why?
3 Lecture From Occupation to Independence Tutorial The Yoshida Doctrine: Masterstroke or myth?
4 Lecture Japan’s Cold War: treaty crisis to “peace state” Tutorial Explaining Japan: Pacifist power?
5 Lecture Japan’s Cold War: “catch up” country to advanced nation Tutorial Explaining Japan: Reassurance or “buck passing”?
6 Lecture Japan after the Cold War: economic fall, diplomatic shock Tutorial “Normal nation”: Japan as a global power?
7 Lecture The War on Terror & Japan’s new revisionism Tutorial “Normal nation”: Japan as a revisionist power?
8 Lecture Japan’s new “Asianism”: Rise & fall Tutorial “Normal nation”: Japan as an Asian power?
9 Lecture Japan transformed, 2012–2020 Tutorial “Normal nation”: An Abe Doctrine?
10 Lecture Japan & Northeast Asia: History, rivalry, and diplomacy Tutorial Japan’s Asian insecurities: China & the Koreas
11 Lecture Japan’s “Free & Open Indo-Pacific” Tutorial “Normal nation”: Japan as an “Indo-Pacific” power?
12 Lecture Future gazing: Japan & the shifting balance of power in Asia Tutorial Japan’s strategic future: Growing vulnerability?

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Course Participation 10 % 28/10/2022 * 1,2,3,4,5
Online Quizzes 30 % 17/08/2022 19/08/2022 1,2,3,4
Essay 30 % 19/09/2022 10/10/2022 1,2,3,4,5
Take Home Exam 30 % 14/11/2022 * 1,3,4,5,6

* 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. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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: 28/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Course Participation

Students are expected to participate actively in the course. This means conscientiously viewing lectures, attending classes (on-campus or online), preparing properly, engaging in debates, asking questions, and acting courteously and professionally toward staff and students.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 17/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 19/08/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Online Quizzes

The online quizzes consist of three quizzes (10% each) to be taken at different times during semester. Students have one hour to complete the questions based on the set readings. The quizzes will be open for three days (from 8 AM on the first day until 10 PM on the third day) and must be completed within these times. See Wattle for dates and further information.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 19/09/2022
Return of Assessment: 10/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


For the Essay, students must address ONE question only in 1,500 words (plus leeway). Students can choose their ONE Essay question from four options running at different times during semester. See Wattle for dates and further information.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 14/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4,5,6

Take Home Exam

For the Take Home Exam, students must address ONE question only in 1,500 words (plus leeway). Students can choose to undertake their Take Home Exam during one of three exam periods. See Wattle for dates and further information.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

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 after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

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).

Dr HDP Envall
02 6125 3207

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