Courses & Units

Queering Japan: Popular Culture, Identity, and Nation HMJ310


This unit aims to deconstruct the monolithic perception of Japanese culture and to understand Japan in terms of its relationship to its near and more distant neighbours through Asia and the Pacific. Incorporating the approach of queer studies which places an emphasis on the intersection of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationalism and ableness, the unit will introduce key elements of contemporary Japan including the emperor system, ultra-nationalism, war responsibility and the position of minority groups in Japanese society. The units 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 HMJ310
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Global Cultures and Languages
Coordinator Doctor Katsuhiko Suganuma
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify important aspects of contemporary Japanese society, including the complexity and diversity of its many cultures.
  • Apply queer method to an argument.
  • Critically analyse stereotypical and essentialist representations of Japan using a multifaceted (queer) perspective.
  • Explain key discourses of Japanese national identity, including how these have developed over the past century and how they operate in Japan today.
  • Communicate using academic writing and presentation skills.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090313 $1,828.00 $858.00 not applicable $2,108.00

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

On campus enrolment

Weekly recorded lecture (1 hour)

Weekly tutorial (2 hours)

Off campus enrolment

Weekly recorded lecture (1 hour)

Weekly learning via online module (2 hours)


AssessmentTake Home Exam (40%)|Reading Log and Oral Presentation (15%)|Discussion List Entry (20%)|Essay (25%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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