• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

Drawing on the key genres of Japanese modern and contemporary cultural production – manga, anime, film and visual arts – Japanese Popular Culture introduces students to the cultural narratives of postwar Japan and examines how the traditions and cultural roots of the past continue to influence cultural behavior and production today. Approaching these visual texts from a variety of socio-cultural, psychological and literary perspectives, the course will examine how meanings are produced in image and text and how these visual representations construct identities and present such social issues as gender, youth culture, the individual, the family and the community.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the defining characteristics of Japanese visual culture;
  2. Demonstrate a solid understanding of how the traditions and cultural roots of the past continue to influence cultural behaviour and practice today;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical paradigms that apply to cultural studies and an ability to draw on this theoretical and cultural knowledge to analyse primary materials;
  4. Develop a variety of analytic, research and communicative skills; information gathering and evaluation, academic writing, debating, discussion leading and presentation skills;
  5. Develop the ability to work in cooperative groups on key issues in the field of Japanese cultural studies and to communicate findings to others.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial Reading Response x 2 (500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Media Opinion Piece (800 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Essay Plan (Abstract and Annotated Bibliography, 1000 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Final Essay (2000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Tutorial Presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  6. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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This course requires 130 hours, including class time and self-study.

The course comprises a weekly load of three contact hours. It demands six hours of tutorial preparation, including assigned readings, and review of lectures.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 24 units of university courses.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

1-2 Primary visual sources per week (Manga, Anime, Film or Visual Art) and 2 article-length readings per week, over the semester


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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