Units of Study

Asian Studies Electives
As well as the units listed below, taught by the Asian Studies program, you can find Asian Studies electives on offer in the current year, taught by other departments and programs, in the Asian Studies Unit of Study Table in the FASS Undergraduate Handbook.

ASNS2677 - Beyond the Geisha/Samurai Binary

Semester 2, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Rebecca Suter


Foreign perceptions of Japan cluster around two stereotypes: feminized images of elegance and submissiveness, epitomized by geisha, and hypermasculine images of violence, exemplified by samurai. A long tradition of gender subversion, cross-dressing, and androgyny in Japanese culture speaks for a more nuanced vision of masculinity and femininity. Throughout the unit, we will examine the formation and subversion of gender roles as they emerge in a variety of classical and contemporary Japanese fiction and nonfiction genres.


tutorial participation (10%), 3x 500wd in-class quizzes (30%), 1x 1000wd response paper (25%), 1x 2000wd research paper (35%)


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


12 junior credit points from Asian Studies


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