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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.

Summary 2020

Unit name Queering Japan: Popular Culture, Identity, and Nation
Unit code HMJ310
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Global Cultures and Languages

Dr Katsuhiko Suganuma

Teaching staff

Dr Katsuhiko Suganuma

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

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Teaching Pattern

2 hours weekly - 1 hour lecture, 1 hour tutorial


Reading log and oral (individual or group) presentation (15%); 1,700-word essay (25%); 4 x 500 word discussion list entries (20%); 2 hr take home examination (40%)

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

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