• 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:

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

ASIA2009 - The Making of Modern Japan: From Samurai to Economic Superpower and Beyond (6 units)

ASIA3040 - Literary and Cultural Discourse in Modern Japan (6 units)

6 - 12 units from the completion of the following:

ASIA1025 - Asia and the Pacific: Power, diversity and change (6 units)

ASIA1030 - Asia and the Pacific in Motion (6 units)

18 - 30 units from the completion of the following:

LING2028 - Japanese Linguistics (6 units)

ASIA2017 - History of International Relations in Northeast Asia (6 units)

ASIA3011 - Samurai Society and Social Control in Japan (6 units)

ASIA2031 - Japanese Politics (6 units)

ASIA2058 - Japanese Popular Culture: Manga, Anime, Film & the Visual Arts (6 units)

INTR2018 - Japanese Foreign and Security Policy (6 units)

ASIA3027 - Issues in Japanese Policy in their global context (6 units)

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of the following list:

ASIA2001 - Language in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

JPNS3005 - Advanced Japanese: Issues in Contemporary Japan (6 units)

JPNS3006 - Advanced Japanese: Language in Context (6 units)

JPNS3007 - Advanced Japanese: Readings in Culture and Society (6 units)

JPNS3008 - Advanced Japanese: Readings in Literature (6 units)

JPNS3102 - Debating Japan: Contemporary Intellectual Debates (6 units)

ASIA2103 - Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) (6 units)

JPNS3023 - Research Topics in Japanese: History & Society (6 units)

JPNS3024 - Research Topics in Japanese: International Relations & Politics (6 units)

ASIA2016 - The Mongol Empire in World History (6 units)

ASIA2074 - Popular Culture in East Asia (6 units)

STST2001 - International Security issues in the Asia Pacific (6 units)

WARS2004 - War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific (6 units)

INTR2010 - International Relations in the Asia-Pacific (6 units)

INTR2012 - Chinese Foreign and Security Policy (6 units)

INTR2016 - US Foreign and Security Policy in Asia (6 units)

ASIA2065 - Asian Politics: From Concepts to Causes (6 units)

ASIA2307 - History of Empire in Asia (6 units)

ASIA2301 - Human Migration and Expansion in the Rise of the Asia-Pacific (6 units)

ASIA2302 - Culture and Modernity in Asia: Anthropological Perspectives (6 units)

ASIA2304 - What is Literature? Asian Perspectives (6 units)

ASIA2311 - Gender and Cultural Studies in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

ASIA3029 - Reconciliation and the memory of conflict in Asia (6 units)

ASIA2067 - Economies of Emerging Asia (6 units)

ASIA3021 - Engaging Asia: Australia and the Asian Century (6 units)

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