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Journalism, Media & Communications Field Trip "Cool Japan: Regional Soft Power in Asia"

Study Soft Power & Media in Japan

November 2018

Critically examine the commercial, community and political media practices and spaces that contribute to the construction of 'Cool Japan'. Conduct individual and team-based fieldwork in Japan as you apply concepts such as 'soft power' and 'media mix'. Explore how media can be used to shape perceptions of a country. Fieldwork locations will vary but may include animation studios, cosplay performance spaces, fan conventions, architectural walking tours, museum and gallery visits, as well as investigating notable subculture locations.

Apply for entry into the unit and New Colombo Plan scholarship consideration:


Applications closing date: Closing Date for 2018 TBC.

Self-funded students may also be considered.

Eligibility: Completion of JMC (Media) 100-level core units or equivalent (all applications and enrolments subject to approval of Program Coordinator)

Weight: The unit can be taken at either 12.5% (undergrad) or 25% (honours) level. All applications and enrolments are subject to the approval of the Unit Coordinator (Dr Craig Norris) and the College Office.

Program Dates: This program is fully subscribed for 2018. The program is expected to run again in Spring Semester, 2018, with a 2-week intensive field trip proposed for November 2018 (tbc).

The costs of the JMC Japan Field Trip are:

Approximately $3000 - $4000 in total. The range of costs involved are

  • Travel: $1800 - $2500
  • Accommodation: $600 - 700
  • Living costs: $400 – 500
  • Events: $200 - 300

Scholarships and Financial Assistance:

  • New Colombo Plan scholarship ($3,000)
  • OS Help Loans (up to $7764)