JAP4610 – Readings in Modern Japan

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Course content

This reading course is designed to meet individual needs of Master's students within the programme option Modern Japan. In consultation with a course teacher, you compile your own reading list on a subject area related to the topic of your planned Master's thesis. The choice of literature should provide a good general basis of information on your topic and its wider significance. The literature should include a broad range of issues and perspectives.

The reading list should be around 1000 pages and must be approved by the course teacher. At least 10% of the reading list should be in Japanese. If the subject area is closely related to lower level courses, the reading list must be more advanced (representing in-depth theoretical or thematic study) and cannot include literature that has been used at earlier levels. The course should normally be taken during the first year of the Master’s degree programme.

Learning outcome

You learn to:

• critically read research literature both in English and Japanese, form opinions on the issues involved, and present them.

• summarize and present a research debate in an independent and reflected manner.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Please see the admission requirements defined by the programme option Japanese Studies.


There will be one class in the beginning of the semester to give students information about the course and the review paper, and at least two individual supervisions by your supervisor during the semester. Obligatory assignments (submission of the reading list and an oral presentation with questions from the teacher(s) at the end of the semester) must be approved by the teacher(s) in order to take the exam.

Approved compulsory activities are only valid the same semester as the course is given.

This is how you apply for valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance.


You must pass the obligatory assignments in order to sit for the exam

The exam is a review paper that should encompass 8-10 pages (2300 characters per page, not including spaces) plus bibliography. The topic is to be approved by the teacher after the meeting(s) between the student and the teacher

Information about writing and submission of assignments at IKOS.

Grading guidelines

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination


Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Periodic evaluation Spring 2014

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