UWA Handbook 2017

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ASIA2217 Shifting Identities in Japan

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2017
Content The socioeconomic conditions in Japan today are characterised by affluence, consumerism, growing individualism and a declining birth rate juxtaposed with economic slowdown, major employment restructuring and a rapidly ageing society. These have prompted a general questioning of many of the values and institutions that underpinned the industrial-capitalist ideology of post World War II Japan. In the process the ways in which individuals define themselves and relate to society have been shifting significantly. In the context of these shifts, this unit examines the ways in which identities based on the self, gender, sexuality, class, region and nation are being questioned, re-appraised and re-negotiated in contemporary Japan. Topics covered include changing notions of 'Japanese' through the growing visibility of cultural and ethnic diversity, generational shifts in values and behaviour patterns, changing gender roles and identities, and the emergence of identities defined by sexualities.
Outcomes Students are able to have a theoretical understanding of the concept of 'identity' and its significance to our everyday lives; critically analyse the construction of 'Japanese' national identity; understand the basic theoretical concepts necessary for Japan- and Asia-related units in the humanities and social sciences; devise their own research topic in areas related to the unit; research that topic by collecting, reading and critically analysing data; draw on research skills and express themselves clearly and persuasively in writing; and 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
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Prerequisites: 24 points of Level 1 units in any Arts discipline

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