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Love and Sexuality in Japan (JPN207)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Description The unit explores and critically analyses multiple attitudes to and manifestations of love and sexuality in twentieth and twenty-first century Japan. It provides a broad overview of demographic and social developments as affected by historical, legal, political and cultural change in Japanese and global terms, ranging from orthodox marriage patterns to the current baby shortage, diverse modes of masculinity, and sexualised fandom practices. Its multidisciplinary approach enriches background knowledge for Asian Studies and Japanese language majors, and Gender Studies minors.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you, as a student, should be able to:
1. Demonstrate increased knowledge of social issues in Japan at an intermediate level.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the literature relevant to Japanese society in relation to love and sexuality in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries.
3. Analyse the impact of historical, political and social change upon Japan's population.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the ways that Japan has been influenced by global developments in practices and attitudes relating to love and sexuality.
5. Produce well-researched, analytical, well-written and well-referenced work related to the unit's content.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 1.5 hours per week; tutorials: 1 x 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Students will consider and analyse information and ideas introduced in lectures and gained from Unit readings, and then discuss the major themes in tutorials or online through LMS. Lectures will be augmented by video clips and images, and students will be expected also to watch specific feature films in out-of-class time and critically review them. The average student is expected to spend approximately 10 hours per week on this unit, including attendance at live lectures or access to their recorded online versions on LMS.
Other Learning Experiences Watching prescribed films in students' out-of-class time.
Assessment All students are to submit a film review (15%) and major essay (25%), and sit a 2-hour end-of-semester open-book examination (30%).
Internal students will make 1 tutorial presentation (20%), outlining and critiqueing major points in one topic's readings, and submitting the notes used in their presentation (5%). Participation in tutorials will also be assessed (5%)
External students will submit a PowerPoint presentation (20%) on a chosen topic, including the script. Online comments on 2 other topics are to be posted on LMS (10%).
These components will provide opportunities for demonstrating increased knowledge of recent socio-political issues relating to contemporary Japan at an intermediate level, and enhanced skills in deep reading and oral and/or written discussions on relevant issues.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed AST253 Special Topics in Asian Studies: Love and Sexuality in Japan or JPN206 Love and Sexuality in Japan cannot enrol in this unit.
Notes No knowledge of the Japanese language is required prior to studying this unit, but during the unit, students will have the opportunity to become familiar with important Japanese terms for the phenomena under discussion.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Leonie Stickland
Lecturer in Japanese

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2302
e: L.Stickland@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.063 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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