HIST19029 - Modern Japan
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will present a general overview of the major themes in modern Japanese history from the Tokugawa period to contemporary times. It will begin with a discussion of Japanese cultural traditions, followed by an overview of the Tokugawa period. The rest of the unit will explore: Meiji Japan, the era of Taisho and Showa democracy, the rise of militarism, World War II and the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, the American Occupation, contemporary Japanese politics, economy, society, environment and foreign policy. You will learn, for example, why Japan invaded China, attacked Pearl Harbour and occupied SE Asia, and what explains Japan?s economic miracle. This unit is a great insight into Japan and will enhance your cultural understanding of Australia's most important trading partner.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Minimum of 18 Units of Credit

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

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Generally, feedback was good for this Course. Students I will continue to monitor closely the types of assessment for this Course and make any changes based on student feedback.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. an understanding of the major themes in modern Japanese history as well as contemporary Japanese politics, economy, society (including women and minorities), environment and foreign relations

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work
6. Information Technology Competence  
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment    

Prescribed Textbooks

A History of Japan
Author/s: Totman, Conrad Year: 2005
Edition: Second Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
City: Melbourne
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Turabian referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMichael Danaher (m.danaher@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction

One

Week 2 13-03-2017

Tokugawa Japan to the Black Ships

Two

Week 3 20-03-2017

Imperial restoration and constitutional government: the Meiji era to 1889

Three

Week 4 27-03-2017

Enriching and strengthening: The Meiji era from 1890

Four

Week 5 03-04-2017

Foundation or facade? Political crossroads: 1912–1932

Five

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Assignment 1 Due Friday (14 Apr 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 6 17-04-2017

The rise of militarism: 1930–1941

Six

Week 7 24-04-2017

The Pacific war

Seven

Week 8 01-05-2017

Defeat and occupation: 1945–1952

Eight

Week 9 08-05-2017

Economic Japan

Nine

Two Short Essays Due Friday (12 May 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Affluent Japan

Ten

Week 11 22-05-2017

Postwar politics and society

Eleven

Week 12 29-05-2017

Japan and the world

Twelve

Assignment 2 Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 1
Task Description

You are to choose one essay from the list of topics and write a 2200 word essay, which must be referenced using the Turabian referencing system. More details on this assessment piece, including the list of essay topics to choose from, are provided on Moodle (see Course Assessment Details).

Assessment Due Date Vacation Week Friday (14-Apr-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Within 12 days of receiving the essay.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The essay will be marked on the basis of your competency to:

• succinctly answer the question in the prescribed word count

• explain the significance of historical events and processes

• locate and use scholarly secondary material relevant to Japanese History

• effectively organise, analyse and synthesise historical evidence

• craft a well-structured, coherent, well-expressed and properly referenced historical essay.

All sources used must be appropriately acknowledged using the Turabian referencing style.

A HD grade will be awarded to students who meet the above criteria to a very high level. Other grades

will be awarded in relation to the degree which they fall short of a HD. A Fail will be awarded to

students who have not been able to meet these criteria to any significant extent.

Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. an understanding of the major themes in modern Japanese history as well as contemporary Japanese politics, economy, society (including women and minorities), environment and foreign relations

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 2
Task Description

You are to choose one essay from the list of topics and write a 2500 word essay, which must be referenced using the Turabian referencing system. More details on this assessment piece, including the list of essay topics to choose from, are provided on Moodle, under Course Assessment Details.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students This assessment will be returned within 12 days of receiving the assignment.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The essay will be marked on the basis of your competency to:

• succinctly answer the question in the prescribed word count

• explain the significance of historical events and processes

• locate and use scholarly secondary material relevant to Japanese History

• effectively organise, analyse and synthesise historical evidence

• craft a well-structured, coherent, well-expressed and properly referenced historical essay.

All sources used must be appropriately acknowledged using the Turabian referencing style.

A HD grade will be awarded to students who meet the above criteria to a very high level. Other grades will be awarded in relation to the degree which they fall short of a HD. A Fail will be awarded to students who have not been able to meet these criteria to any significant extent.

Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. an understanding of the major themes in modern Japanese history as well as contemporary Japanese politics, economy, society (including women and minorities), environment and foreign relations

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence



3 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Two Short Essays
Task Description

Students are required to write two short essays. Each short essay should be 1500-1600 words. Be succinct in your answers. A bibliography of 5 scholarly sources is required for each essay. Footnotes are also required for each essay. Locate each essay in the same word document, and ensure that your footnotes begin from 1 in both essays.

More details of this piece of assessment are available on Moodle (see Course Assessment Details).

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Marks and feedback will be returned to students within 12 days of receiving the assignment.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

These two short essays will be marked on the basis of your competency to:

• succinctly answer the question in the prescribed word count

• explain the significance of historical events and processes

• locate and use scholarly secondary material relevant to Japanese History

• effectively organise, analyse and synthesise historical evidence

• craft a well-structured, coherent, well-expressed and properly referenced historical essay.

All sources used must be appropriately acknowledged using the Turabian referencing style.

A HD grade will be awarded to students who meet the above criteria to a very high level. Other grades

will be awarded in relation to the degree which they fall short of a HD. A Fail will be awarded to

students who have not been able to meet these criteria to any significant extent.

Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. an understanding of the major themes in modern Japanese history as well as contemporary Japanese politics, economy, society (including women and minorities), environment and foreign relations

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence




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