Courses & Units

Queering Japan: Popular Culture, Identity, and Nation HMJ210

Hobart, Launceston


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 should note that they must enrol in HMJ310. Students undertaking elective studies are welcome to enrol in either Intermediate or Advanced level depending on the configuration of their other degree content.

May be taken as a Gender Studies unit.


This unit aims to deconstruct the monolithic perception of Japanese culture and to understand Japan in terms of its relationship with its near and more distant neighbours throughout Asia and the Pacific. Incorporating the approach of queer studies, which places an emphasis on the intersection of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationality, and ableness, the unit will introduce key elements of contemporary Japan, including popular culture, ultranationalism, war responsibility and the treatment of minorities. The unit/s are conducted in English and are available to all students with an interest in Japanese society regardless of language ability.


Unit name Queering Japan: Popular Culture, Identity, and Nation
Unit code HMJ210
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts and Law
School of Humanities
Discipline Global Cultures and Languages

Dr Katsu Suganuma

Teaching staff

Dr Katsu Suganuma

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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* 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 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,903.00 090399

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

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



25 points at Intro level in any discipline in any faculty.


Teaching Pattern

2 hours weekly - 1 hour lecture, 1 hour tutorial


Reading log and oral (individual or group) presentation (15%); 1,500-word essay (25%); 4 x 400 word discussion list entries (20%); 2 hr take home examination (40%)

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