2019 The Chrysanthemum, The Sword, The Cross And The Yen – A Nutshell History Of Modern Japan

Course Code: U1925



The title attempts to capture some of the core but seemingly contradictory characteristics of the Japanese people and their unique history. The objective for this program is for the student to develop some knowledge of the personality of the Japanese people, a deeper understanding of the reasons why Japan acted as a belligerent in the Second World War, and an awareness of the reasons for the Japanese ‘economic miracle’ that the nation has experienced in the post war era. The course will incorporate a number of selected films to supplement the theory by visually illustrating some of the key themes of the studies. To allow for film activities to be completed without interruption, the weekly class time allows a timeslot of three hours duration, while anticipating that ‘theory lessons’ will only go for about two hours.

Coordinator: Vince Black
Venue: AWCC, 63 High Street, Wodonga
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 9:30am-12:30pm (Semester One)
Starting: 6th February 2019
Cost: Nil