• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr HDP Envall
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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Japan's role as a major power in the Asia-Pacific and the world generally makes understanding the context, drivers and nature of its foreign and security policies an imperative. This course examines how Japan has approached international affairs, from the 19th century until the present. It covers both the domestic and international dimensions of Japanese policymaking, focusing on how different political forces have shaped the evolution of the country's foreign and security policy practices. Key areas of study include: the historical emergence of Japanese strategic thinking; the establishment of the so-called Yoshida Doctrine and the country's alliance with the US during the Cold War; its relationship with other nations in Asia; and the security reforms enacted at different stages over the post–Cold War period.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the evolution of Japanese foreign and security policy and strategic thinking since the 19th century;
  2. Engage with they major scholarly debates on Japan's foreign and security policies since the Second World War;
  3. Identify and critically analyse key factors, domestic and international, shaping Japan's strategic outlook over this period;
  4. Apply historical and conceptual knowledge of Japan's foreign and security policies to analyse the country's contemporary policymaking and important strategic relationships;
  5. Demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills for analysing and debating Japanese foreign and security policy (as developed through written assessments, in-class discussions and tutorial-based activities).

Indicative Assessment

  1. Course Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Tutorial Task 1 (15) [LO 2,4,5]
  3. Tutorial Task 2 (15) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Tutorial Task 3 (10) [LO 2,3,5]
  5. Essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

35 contact hours per semester 

A 2-hour lecture session per week for 12 weeks and a 1-hour tutorial per week for 11 weeks of the  semester

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

Reading material provided via Wattle

Fees

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:
14
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7940 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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