|This is a shelf course. A shelf course comprises a number of modules related to this broad area of study. Each module is a separate semester of study in this area and is offered in rotation. You can study TWO modules but you cannot study the same module twice.|
Subject Area: Asian Studies
This course can also be studied in the following specialisations: Japanese Studies; Sociology and Anthropology* & Women's and Gender Studies
Module: "Japanese History: Modern Miracles & Mythologies"
The module extends from Japan's imperial restoration of 1868 to after the Pacific War. It features cultural, social and gender history topics, for example on marginalized groups and movements of resistance; on the 'new woman', and café culture and sexwork from the 'roaring twenties'; prewar radical literature; and postwar popular culture. Political history topics include western-style modernization and its discontents; nationalism and emperor-system ideology; and Japan's wars and empire. A particular focus is on Japan's heterogeneity stemming from class, gender and regional differences. Ample attention is paid to historiography, to debates about Japan's history and cultural identity, and the interdisciplinary conceptual paradigms informing them. A central theme is the ambivalent nature of progress (Japan's modern 'miracles' and their 'down-sides'), and contending representations of Japan and its place in Asia and the modern world.
Module: "Japanese Society in Anthropological Perspective"(Semester 2, 2011)
* Note: Only this module contributes to Sociology and Anthropology
This module examines contemporary Japanese society from an anthropological perspective. We explore ethnographies of Japan to illuminate how Japanese society and culture have been represented from different theoretical perspectives. This module gives students a chance to grapple with advanced readings and to develop their own research projects.
Topics include: gender relations, rising social inequality, social movements, nation-state building, environmental degradation, consumption. Course materials include ethnographies, social theory, and film. Prior knowledge of Japanese language or history is a plus but is not expected.