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This subject focuses on key social and political issues that are part of the public discourse in the media in Japan and Australia. These may include topics such as Japan’s aging society, education and language policies, gender equality, disaster relief and recovery, youth issues and fads/fashions. It compares the coverage of these issues in print and electronic media, including websites and television programming. Through project work and classroom discussions, students will analyse and engage with contemporary media. Students will also develop an understanding of media idioms and usage, culturally specific expressions and Japanese socio-cultural norms.
Intended learning outcomes
To deepen understanding of idioms and usages in Japanese media, including Japanese socio-cultural norms and culturally specific expressions.
To understand current issues in Japan and be able to analyse and contribute to public discourse by reflecting on required and recommended reading, essay writing and class discussion, and by assessing the strength of arguments.
To deepen understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/openness to the world through contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and aspects of Japanese culture, and by formulating arguments.
To deepen awareness of the social and cultural diversity in Japanese communities and engage with contemporary local, national and global issues.
Last updated: 6 December 2019