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HIST314 State and Society in Twentieth-Century Japan

A study of state-society relations through the lens of ’civil society’ reveals the vibrancy of social movements and the complexity of power relations in the Shōwa era (1926-1989).

This paper is an exploration of issues surrounding relations between state and society in 20th-century Japan, with a focus on the turbulent Sh?ìwa era (1926-1989). How did intellectuals and activists and other social constituencies engage with and contest state authority, and how did the state respond to these challenges? Among the topics considered are: the mechanisms and institutions developed by the state to monitor and control intellectual groups and social movements; the scope of the 'public sphere' before and after Japan's mid-century wars; and whether or not the concept of 'civil society' is a useful lens through which to understand the forces opposing state authority in Japan.

Paper title State and Society in Twentieth-Century Japan
Paper code HIST314
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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18 200-level HIST, ARTH or ARTV points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
(i) May not be credited together with HIST 331 passed in 2008 or 2009. (ii) Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to identify and discuss:
  • The major economic and political forces, both domestic and international, that shaped Japanese society in the ShÅwa period
  • The foremost challenges to civil freedoms during this period
  • The factors influencing state authority during this period
  • The principal organisations and groupings comprising civil society and their ideological foundations in ShÅwa Japan

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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