Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course examines aspects of Japanese society and culture using English-language texts.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Show an understanding of Japanese culture and society.

2. Investigate topics related to contemporary Japanese society.

3. Demonstrate essay writing skills.

4. Explain the conceptual problems involved in studying a culture other than their own.


This course examines some of the major themes in Japanese society and culture. Students will study

  • Physical and human geography of the Japanese islands;
  • Political and administrative systems;
  • Culture and lifestyles; and
  • International relations.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Essay: Essay (40%)

Online Learning Activity: 6x Online Learning Activity (60%)

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