Topics on Japan I

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Sato Yuriko 
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Outline of lecture

Topics on Japan (TOJ)I mainly deals with basic knowledge of Japan such as history and education, while TOJ II, starting from April, aims at deepening students' understanding of Japan further. In the middle of TOJ I course, students are expected to make a group presentation on "My country and university/home town"to promote mutual understanding.
Students are encouraged to exchange with classmates of different nationalities from theirs and understand other values and cultures than their own.

Purpose of lecture

Through this course, regular students (Japanese and Int'l) and exchange students from overseas partner universities are expected to deepen their understanding of Japan and Japanese society in comparison with other countries through lectures, discussions, presentations and visits to relevant place.

Plan of lecture

Contents(tentative schedule, all classes will be conducted in English)
1. Oct.5: Introduction of the course and new students. To know each other.
2. Oct.12:Basic knowledge on Japan and the Japanese society
3. Oct.19:History and Culture of Japan
4. Oct.24 (Mon.): Special lecture on "Women in Medieval Japan: Fulfillment and Constraint" by Prof. Alison Tokita from 15:00 to 16:30 at the Lounge of the International Student Center (West Bldg.1)
5. Oct. 26: No class (since the class is held on Monday)
6. Nov. 2: Economic Development of Japan (1)
7. Nov.9: Students' Presentation on "country and my university/home town (1)"(open seminar style, inviting other Tokyo students and guest audience)
7. Nov.16: Students' Presentation on "My country and my university/home town (2)"
8. Nov.24: No class (National holiday)
9. Nov.30: Students' Presentation on "My country and my university/home town (4)"
10. Dec.7: Education of Japan
11. Dec.15: Visit to Chisetsu Elementary School (From 10:30 am to 14:00 pm)
12. Dec. 21: Students' Presentation on "My country and university/home town (4)"
13. Jan.12: History of Tokyo Tech by Prof. Kaji
14. Jan.19: Economic Development of Japan (2)
15. Jan.26: Wrap up discussion on "Strength and weakness of the Japanese society"

Textbook and reference

Teaching Materials and presentation requirement: There is no specific text in this course. Some references will be introduced during the course according to the topics.

Related and/or prerequisite courses

Condition for taking this course: If the number of regular students exceeds the number of exchange students, selection of participants will be conducted based on their motivation and English ability. Participating students are expected to make presentations and write reports in English.


Evaluation: Regular class attendance and positive participation in the discussion are highly expected. Class participation and presentation 60%,reports 40%

1.Class attendance: attendance is expected at all class meetings. Those who come to the class 30 minutes after its start or leave it 30 minutes before its end will receive only half of the attendance points.

2.Presentation: In the middle of the course, a group of exchange and regular students are requested to make a presentation on "My country and my university/home town"
, in front of other students and guest audience. Some students will be asked to join the group as "commentators/supporters" who will introduce the country from the viewpoint of foreigners.

1) Topic: "strength and weakness of Japan in comparison with other countries"
2) Length: from 600 to 1000 words in English.
3) Deadline: February 6th midnight (Late submission will decrease your report points. Please keep the
4) Style: Please note that you have to write your name, country and student number on the right shoulder
of the first page of your report.
5) Plagiarism is strictly prohibited. If such an act is found, you will obtain no points for your
6) Submission: Please hand the report to the teacher in the class or send it to her by e-mail as an
attached file. When you send your report by e-mail, the teacher will send you the confirmation of its
receipt. If you don't receive her confirmation within one week, you are requested to contact the
teacher again since the report might be missing. Please bring your report to her office (#206 of West 1
Bldg.) or call her (03-5734-3524, fax is the same number) in that case.

Comments from lecturer

Please challenge and enjoy this course

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