Units of Study
ASNS2636 - The Enigma of Japanese Power
Semester 2, 2014 | Credit Points: 6
Coordinator: Michael Lewis
Phone: +61 2 9351 4718
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.
tutorial participation (15%), 2500wd equivalent tutorial writing tasks (45%), 1x2hr final exam (40%)
1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week
(12 Junior credit points from Asian Studies) or (12 Junior credit points from History or 12 Junior credit points from Ancient History)
This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit to students enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
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