2018 Topics on Japan I

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Academic unit or major
Breadth courses
Instructor(s)
Sato Yuriko 
Course component(s)
Lecture     
Day/Period(Room No.)
Wed3-4(W935)  
Group
-
Course number
LAW.X327
Credits
1
Academic year
2018
Offered quarter
4Q
Syllabus updated
2018/9/13
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
English
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Course description and aims

Through this course, Japanese and international students are expected to deepen their understanding of Japan and the Japanese society in comparison with other countries through lectures, discussions, visits and presentations.
In the first part of the course, lectures will be given on the characteristics of Japanese culture, society, education and history. Students will discuss about some key topics related with the lectures and visit an elementary school to see the actual education in Japan. In the last part of the course, students will be divided into several groups and make group presentations on‘Discovery of Japan,’ assuming they are the special correspondents dispatched from some international media to cover interesting topics on Japan. They have to choose topics, explore the background of the phenomena and make presentations by themselves.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Understand the major characteristics and issues of Japanese society
2. Understand the history and major issues of Japanese education and science & technology
3. Understand the characteristics of Japanese communication style in comparison with that of other countries
4. Understand Japan's modern history from international perspective.
5. Acquire an intercultural perspective

Keywords

Japanese society, Education in Japan, intercultural perspective, communication style, modern history

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The first part will be mainly composed of lectures and discussions. In the last part of the course, students are expected to explore the characteristics of Japan and Japanese society by making presentations on‘Discovery of Japan’assuming they are the special correspondents dispatched from some international media to cover interesting topics on Japan. They have to choose topics, explore the backgrounds of the phenomena and make presentations by themselves.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Outline of the course. Tips to understand the Japanese culture and communication style. Details will be instructed in each class
Class 2 Characteristics and current issues of Japanese society and education Details will be instructed in each class
Class 3 Visit to Chisetsu Elementary School (From 10:30 am to 13:30 pm): Observation of the classes and exchange with the pupils Details will be instructed in each class
Class 4 Overview of Japanese history and Meiji Restoration Details will be instructed in each class
Class 5 Modernization and issues during Meiji period Details will be instructed in each class
Class 6 Presentation on Discovery of Japan (1) Details will be instructed in each class
Class 7 Presentation on Discovery of Japan (2) Details will be instructed in each class

Textbook(s)

No specific text in this course.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

References will be introduced during the course according to the topics.

Assessment criteria and methods

The evaluatin of understanding of each class 40%, Presentation 40%, final report 20%
Final Report: Each student is requested to submit a final report in about 250 words in English related with the part which he/she analyzed in the group presentation. Please send the report with the title “TOJ Final Report _ your student number and name” to the following e-mail address
ysep.sjci2#gmail.com (please substitute @ for #)

Related courses

  • none

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

There is no prerequisite to take this course.

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