Courses & Units

Japan in the 21st Century HMJ210

Hobart, Launceston

Note: These units are conducted in English and are available to all students with an interest in Japanese society regardless of language ability. However, students wishing to undertake the unit as part of a major in Japanese and who enrolled in 2010 or later should note that they must enrol in HMJ310. Students undertaking elective studies are welcome to enrol in either level 200 or 300 depending on the configuration of their other degree content.

May be taken as a Gender Studies unit.


The purpose of this unit is to encourage students to engage with selected key issues informing current social and cultural debates in Japan. Topics include overview of modern Japan, gender and family, 'minorities' in Japan, Japan and its near neighbours (including the US), popular cultural flows, and ultranationalism in Japan.


Unit name Japan in the 21st Century
Unit code HMJ210
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Arts
School of Humanities
Discipline Asian Languages & Studies
Teaching staff Dr B Hartley
Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 23/2/2015 23/3/2015 13/4/2015 29/5/2015

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2015 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2015 will be available from the 1st October 2015.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2015: $769.00 2015: $1,812.00 090399

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

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Teaching Pattern

2 hours weekly - 1 hour lecture, 1 hour tutorial


HMJ210: Oral team presentation (15%); 1,500-word essay (25%); 4 x 400 word discussion list entries (20%);2 hr written examination (40%)

HMJ310: Oral team presentation (15%); 1,700-word essay (25%); 4 x 500 word discussion list entries (20%); 2 hr written examination (40%)

Please note: In addition to the slightly longer quantity required of students enrolled in this Unit at 300 Level, assessment criteria will give greater emphasis to the ability to analyse information and to develop an argument. Students at Level 300 will also be required to show evidence of engaging with a wider range of the work of other scholars than Level 200 students.

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