Units of Study

ASNS2636 - The Enigma of Japanese Power

Semester 2, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Michael Lewis

Description

The usual but contradictory descriptions of Japanese society (hierarchical but egalitarian, adaptable but conservative and traditional, consensual but authoritarian, etc.) show that "power" - manifest or hidden in decision making, consensus building, conflict resolution or avoidance - is the enigma of Japan. We will focus on power relationships in politics, administration, enterprises, families, schools, etc, survey the various explanations proposed to solve the enigma and, more generally, learn about the origins, forms and treatments of power and conflict relations.

Assessments

attendance and participation in tutorials (15%), tutorial writing tasks and essay (equivalent to 2500wds) (45%), 1x2hr final exam (2000wds) (40%)

Classes

1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week

Prerequisites

12 credit points from junior level Asian Studies, or other subject areas listed in Table A in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

Prohibitions

ASNS2306, JPNS2316

Additional Information

This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit to students enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.

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