CQUniversity Unit Profile
HIST19029 Modern Japan
Modern Japan
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General Information

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: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Minimum of 18 Units of Credit

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Online

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

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

Assessment Grading

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have Your Say

Feedback

A notable feedback item was to ensure that there was sufficient books and articles available which relate to some of the essay questions so that students can find pertinent information.

Recommendation

All of the essay questions and some of the main literature related to those questions will be reviewed to ensure there is sufficient information in the literature, allowing students to adequately respond to the question. Otherwise, the essay question will be modified.

Unit Learning Outcomes
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 Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 30%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

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
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 30%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

A History of Japan Second Edition (2005)

Authors: Conrad Totman
Blackwell Publishing
Oxford Oxford , England
ISBN: 978-1-4051-2359-4
Binding: Other

Additional Textbook Information

Copies are available for purchase at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Library
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Turabian

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Michael Danaher Unit Coordinator
m.danaher@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Introduction

Chapter

One

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Tokugawa Japan to the Black Ships

Chapter

Two

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Imperial restoration and constitutional government: the Meiji era to 1889

Chapter

Three

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Enriching and strengthening: The Meiji era from 1890

Chapter

Four

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Foundation or facade? Political crossroads: 1912–1932

Chapter

Five

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment item 1 - Written Assignment Due: Vacation Week Friday (17 Apr 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

The rise of militarism: 1930–1941

Chapter

Six

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

The Pacific war

Chapter

Seven

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Defeat and occupation: 1945–1952

Chapter

Eight

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Economic Japan

Chapter

Nine

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment item 2 - Short Essay Due: Week 9 Friday (15 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Affluent Japan

Chapter

Ten

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Postwar politics and society

Chapter

Eleven

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Japan and the world

Chapter

Twelve

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment item 3 - Written Assignment Due: Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment item 1 - Written Assignment

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 Unit Assessment Details on Moodle).


Assessment Due Date

Vacation Week Friday (17 Apr 2020) 11:45 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 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.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • 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
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Cross Cultural Competence

2 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment item 2 - Short Essay

Task Description

Students are required to write one short essay. 

The full details of this piece of assessment, including the choice of questions, are available on Moodle (see Unit Assessment Details on Moodle).


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Friday (15 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

The grade and feedback will be returned to students within 12 days of receiving the assignment.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The short 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 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.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • 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
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Cross Cultural Competence

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment item 3 - Written Assignment

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 Unit Assessment Details.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020) 11:45 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 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.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • 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
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Cross Cultural Competence

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?