CQUniversity Unit Profile
HIST19029 Modern Japan
Modern Japan
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General Information


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.


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 - 2023


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

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This information will be available on Monday 9 January 2023
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 2022 SUTE Unit comments.


Some students recommended more variety in the types of assessment and move away from three essays.


From 2024, Modern Japan will have a new Presentation assessment item. Students will be asked to present on a significant Japanese history question with a cogent and convincing argument.

Feedback from 2022 SUTE Unit comments.


There was a student comment around wanting to engage with primary source documentation, and another comment around greater engagement in teaching. While the unit does contain some examples of primary sources and students are encouraged to read, analyse and use them, there is an opportunity to cater to both these comments at the same time with a prescribed activity via zoom on evaluating primary source documents. This will also be good pedagogy in terms of this unit soon becoming an AQF 8 unit.


Include a student activity of engaging with primary sources in Japanese history. While the activity itself will not be for assessment, the activity will be useful in the sense of using the analysis of primary sources for student essays and presentations.

Feedback from 2022 SUTE Unit comments.


There was a student comment about keeping the unit content updated and general feedback where 'useful learning materials' requires improvement.


Continue to update the various learning materials and bring in more information specifically about Japan and the world over the last decade when there have been many changes to Japan's security needs particularly.

Unit Learning Outcomes

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Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes

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Textbooks and Resources

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