UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ASIA2214 Japan in Changing Asia

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2017
Content This unit deals with the major sociocultural and economic issues facing Japan in the context of a rapidly changing Asia–Pacific region. Over the half century since the end of World War II, Japan has been transformed from a war-devastated, barely functioning economy to a leading industrial superpower. Accompanying this process were major ramifications both within Japan and in the wider Asia–Pacific region. The unit examines how these changes in Japan, and within the wider Asian region, are affecting the internal dynamics of Japanese society, as well as influencing Japan's interactions with Asian nations. Issues discussed include social and cultural changes in post World War II Japan; how Japan defines itself in relation to Asia; the ways in which past memories are being addressed in contemporary Japan; the changing relationship with the region; and the influence and the diffusion of Japanese popular and youth culture in Asia.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) gain an enhanced understanding of the diversity of Japanese culture and society in the context of a rapidly changing Asia–Pacific region; (2) recognise the social and cultural underpinnings of Japan and gain an appreciation of the constantly shifting dynamics of these underpinnings; (3) appreciate the significance of intra-regional and global flows of people, capital, knowledge, ideas and culture in shaping national and cultural identity in Japan and in Asia; (4) understand the basic theoretical concepts necessary for Japan- and Asia-related units in the humanities and social sciences; (5) devise their own research topic in areas related to the unit; (6) research that topic by collecting, reading and critically analysing data; (7) draw on research skills and express themselves clearly and persuasively in writing; and (8) express their ideas and appraise the ideas of others orally through active participation in tutorials.
Assessment Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Romit Dasgupta
Unit rules
Prerequisites: 24 points of Level 1 units in any Arts discipline
Contact hours lectures: 20 hours; tutorials: 9 hours

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