20 Credits AUTUMN



Aims/Description: This module explores what it means to study Japan at university level, and considers how `area studies' research on Japan fits within a discipline such as political science, international relations or economics. We will work on a combination of new and established research to explore one core topic - in this year, the development of party politics in contemporary Japan. We will consider how politics has been researched, how researchers use conceptual frameworks and types primary evidence to understand Japan's political landscape; how to navigate key debates in a field and evaluate competing arguments. You will finish this module with a deep understanding of our core topic and research, critical and writing skills that you can apply and develop in further study. 

Staff Contact: Hiroaki Watanabe
Teaching Methods: This module will use the following learning and teaching methods: 1. Large-group teaching (lectures; 4 hours) will be used to provide area/discipline context and skills content (A1, A2, A4; LO3, LO4); 2. Small-group teaching (seminars, 10 hours) will focus on skills-based exercises: these will cover both in-class group exercises and group reflection/peer feedback on individual pre-class preparation (A1-A4; LO1-LO4); 3. Independent study (186 hours) will be used for class preparation including assigned reading and research tasks, completion of coursework (A1-A4; LO1-LO4).
Assessment: Course work

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