ASIA 2020 - Cultures and Identities in Contemporary Japan

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course is designed as a sociological examination of the cultural aspects of contemporary Japanese society. Emphasis is on examining the character of the social and cultural order and identities in contemporary Japan. Basic themes examined include: perspectives on identity formation, perspectives on Japanese identity, the individual and community, authority, work and identity, gender identity, ethnic identity, minorities, nationalism, youth culture, popular culture, food culture, and mass media. The themes covered may vary year to year.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ASIA 2020
    Course Cultures and Identities in Contemporary Japan
    Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 undergraduate study
    Incompatible ASIA 2012 & ASIA 3012
    Course Description This course is designed as a sociological examination of the cultural aspects of contemporary Japanese society. Emphasis is on examining the character of the social and cultural order and identities in contemporary Japan. Basic themes examined include: perspectives on identity formation, perspectives on Japanese identity, the individual and community, authority, work and identity, gender identity, ethnic identity, minorities, nationalism, youth culture, popular culture, food culture, and mass media. The themes covered may vary year to year.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Midori Kagawa-Fox

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Gain knowledge and understanding of various issues in the identity formation in Japanese society from the modern to the contemporary period.
    2 Research and write about a chosen topic.
    3 Work in teams and communicate with people of diverse cultural backgrounds.
    4 Use IT in learning, researching, writing, communicating, and presenting.
    5 Raise intellectual curiosity about Japan in relation to other societies.
    6 Gain intercultural and reflective understanding of the social and cultural issues in a globalised environment.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,5,6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A Course Reader will be sold at the Image and Copy Centre (Level 1, Hughes Building).
    Recommended Resources
    Additional resources will be located in MyUni (course home page). They are: additional reading list, weblinks, library resources, lecture outlines, essay writing guides, referencing guide, essay cover sheet, essay mark sheet, and a copy of course profile, etc.
    Online Learning
    MyUni will be used extensively. Students will be required to participate in discussion board. No lecture recording is available.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures supported by problem-solving workshops which develop the lecture material. Participation in online discussion board.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour workshop (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction
    Week 2 Theoretical & conceptual issues in studying cultural identity
    Week 3 Japaneseness
    Week 4 Nationalism and National Identity Debate in Japan
    Week 5 Race & Minorities
    Week 6 Okinawa Identity
    Week 7 Gender Roles and Relations
    Week 8 Consumption and Culture
    Week 9 Popular culture
    Week 10 Youth
    Week 11 Religion and Spirituality
    Week 12 In-class Test
    This schedule may be subject to change.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Attendance and participation Formative and Summative 10% 1-6
    Workshop presentation Formative and Summative 15% 1-6
    300 word Research Proposal and Annotated Bibliography Formative and Summative 5% 1-6
    Contribution to Discussion Board Formative and Summative 15% 1-6
    3000 word essay Formative and Summative 35% 1-6
    In-class test Summative 20% 1-6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Regular attendance in both lectures and workshops is expected. If unable to attend, a medical certificate or other supporting documentation may be required.
    Assessment Detail
    Attendance and participation: all students are expected to attend and contribute to lectures and workshops - 10% weighting

    Workshop presentation: students will do a 15minute presentation (including a handout) on a chosen topic - 15% weighting

    300 word research proposal and annotated bibliography: students will submit a proposal on a chosen topic - 5% weighting

    Contribution to discussion board: students will contribute to discussion - 15% weighting

    3000 word essay: students will submit an essay on a chosen topic, different from the workshop presentation topic - 35% weighting

    In-class test: this will determine students' knowledge of the course - 20% weighting
    Submission
    All assignments (other than discussion board) are submitted electronically via MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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