The Enigma of Japanese Power (ASNS2636)


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.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x, 2500wd equivalent tutorial writing tasks (45%), 1x2hr Final exam (40%), Tutorial participation (15%)

Faculty/department permission required?


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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points from Table A


ASNS2306 or JPNS2316

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