AIS203 - Immersion Program: Japanese Politics, Society and Culture

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

*Trimester 3: Study Tour

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 3: Katherine Barrand
Cohort rule:Nil

Students must have completed 8 credit points of study at level 1, otherwise by permission of Unit chair

All students to seek permission from unit chair to enrol

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

Delivery methods – intensive mode, but supported also through online resources and activities.

  • Pre-departure fully online module (integral to preparation and pre-tour assignment work): 4-hours. 
  • Pre departure practical experience (workshop) session (conducted by Study Abroad Office), including preparation: 8-hours. 
  • In country: 10-days x 8-hours = 80-hours. Total: approx. 92-hours


*Study tours will be confirmed in 2024

Contact the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team for queries: ARTSED Work Integrated Learning


This unit focuses of developing students’ understanding of Japanese society and politics. Based at Musashi University in Tokyo, via a program of guest lectures, seminars, workshops and field trips students will both gain insights into Japan’s distinctive culture and be encouraged to utilise these insights to reflect upon their own culturally-embedded understandings and consider how they can enhance their intercultural communication skills and competencies.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of key aspects of Japanese society, culture and politics and illustrate this with examples

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Document and explore the similarities and differences between Japan and Australia in the spheres of society, culture and politics

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Draw on their experiences prior to, during and after the study tour to reflect on their own cultural understandings and level of intercultural competence, and possible avenues for, or means of, enhancing this

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management


Identify barriers and hindrances to effective communication in situations of difference and diversity, and ways in which these can be managed or overcome

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Pre-departure Report 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - Journal 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 - Final Report 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via AIS203
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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