Semester 1 - On Campus
Winter Term - Off Campus
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This subject examines basic themes in contemporary Japanese society, as well as commonly used theoretical models. Topics for discussion include the tension between individuals and collective society; notions of regional, gender and age-based status identities and the effects of social change. Students are expected to think critically about current events in Japan and apply these ideas to their own culture and society. This subject is taught in English.
This subject is taught two times per year. It is available either as a semester-long subject taught on the Parkville campus or as an overseas subject taught at Hokkaido University, Japan. Enrolment in the overseas intensive option is by application and limited to a maximum of 20 students.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a familiarity with various themes in contemporary Japanese society
- Demonstrate a familiarity with the English language writings on these issues
- Acquire skills to critically think and analyse through required readings, lectures and tutorial discussions
- Communicate knowledge effectively through group presentations and tutorial discussions
Last updated: 1 December 2023