2017 Japan Studies II

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Academic unit or major
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Instructor(s)
Saito Hirofumi  Koike Hideki  Saijo Miki  Watanabe Osamu  Bektas Yakup 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
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Group
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Course number
LAW.X422
Credits
2
Academic year
2017
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2017/6/6
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
English
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Course description and aims

This course is specially provided for the Tokyo Tech Summer Program 2017 participants. The course focuses on Japan (Nippon, 日本) mainly from six aspects: Practice in simple Japanese communication, Japanese domestic industry, Computer sciences in Japan, The history of Japanese science and technology, Japanese design and Japanese traditional culture.
This course will become a gateway for program participants to gain a basic understanding of some aspects of Japan. It aims to enhance students' motivation to learn more about Japan on their own.

Student learning outcomes

In the Japanese history of science and technology classes, students will be able to understand the background of Japan's rapid development in science and technology after the 19th century.
In the Japanese design class, after defining what "design" is, students will be able to understand through examples the special features of Japanese design and, through design, gain insights into Japanese values.
In the Japanese language communication classes, students will be able to understand interpersonal communication; analyze and understand their own communication style and values; express their ideas and opinions in an appropriate way in Japanese society, such as in interactions with Japanese school children.

Keywords

Japan, Communication, International student, Cross-culture, Japanese, Japanese culture, History of Japanese Science and Technology, Japanese Industry, Japanese design, Computer science

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

May vary by instructor.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Japanese traditional culture. Tea ceremony Part 1 Understand the spirit/the history of Japanese tea ceremony.
Class 2 Japanese traditional culture. Tea ceremony Part 2 Same as above.
Class 3 History of Japanese science and technology ① Edo Period Understand the banning of fire-arms in the early Edo period as a unique example in the history of technology.
Class 4 History of Japanese science and technology ② Meiji Modernization and Industrialization Understand Morris-Suzuki's 'The Technological Transformation of Japan, 1-142 (esp.71-104).
Class 5 Historical and contemporary issues in Japanese design Report paper.
Class 6 Japanese language communication. Elementary school visit, part 1 Learn how a Japanese elementary school is run and how school children are taught international awareness.
Class 7 Japanese language communication. Elementary school visit, part 2 In the school visit, participants will improvise ways of introducing culture by using simple methods.
Class 8 Domestic industry visit.  Asahi Glass Co., Part 1 Report paper.
Class 9 Domestic industry visit. Asahi Glass Co., Part 2 Report paper.
Class 10 Introduction to Computer Science and Computer Science Research in Tokyo Institute of Technology Learn basics of computer science and see our school's world leading research in computer science.
Class 11 Computer Science Research in Tokyo Institute of Technology Learn vision-based human-computer interaction, in particular interactive surfaces and digital sports.
Class 12 History of Japanese science and technology ③ History of Japanese physics and physicists in Showa Period Understand physicist Yoshio Nishina's contribution to the Japanese physics.
Class 13 Presentation for assessment. Part 1 Students will present individual oral reports on what they learned themselves based on their own experiences during their stay in Japan.
Class 14 Presentation for assessment. Part 2 Same as above.

Textbook(s)

Handouts will be given in each class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

For history of Japanese science and techonology: Noel Perrin, Giving up the Gun: Japan's Reversion to the Sword, 1543-1879, (1988), Tessa Morris-Suzuki, The Technological Transformation of Japan (CUP, 1994); Fukuzawa Yukichi, An Outline of a Theory of Civilization (1875) (Sophia, 1973); James R. Bartholomew, The Formation of Science in Japan (Yale, 1993); Masayuki Tanimoto, ed., The Role of Tradition in Japan's Industrialization (OUP, 2006); Osamu Kanamori, ed., Essays on the History of Scientific Thought in Modern Japan (Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture, 2016); Shigeru Nakayama with Kunio Goto and Hitoshi Yoshioka, eds., A Social History of Science and Technology in Contemporary Japan, Volume 1-4 (Trans Pacific Press, 2001).

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis based on attendance, report papers, and final presentation and contribution to it.

Related courses

  • LAW.X420 : Japan Studies I

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None.

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