2018 Topics on Japan II

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Academic unit or major
Breadth courses
Instructor(s)
Sato Yuriko 
Course component(s)
Lecture     
Day/Period(Room No.)
Wed3-4(W934)  
Group
-
Course number
LAW.X328
Credits
1
Academic year
2018
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2018/4/23
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 and presentations.
In the first half of the course, lectures will be given on the economic development and environmental problem of Japan. Students will discuss some key topics related with the lectures. In the last part of the course, students will be divided into several groups and make group presentations on the outline and solutions of a social issues of their home countries and/or Japan.
An opportunity to experience tea ceremony is also provided to deepen their understanding of Japanese traditional culture.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Understand the history and characteristics of Japan's economic development
2. Understand the major environmental problems and the efforts to solve them in Japan.
3. Deepen understanding on a few important social issues of students' home countries or Japan
4. Experience traditional Japanese culture

Keywords

Economic development, Environmental protection, Japanese culture

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

In the first half of the course, lectures will be given on the economic development and environmental problem of Japan. Students will discuss some key topics related with the lectures. In the last part of the course, students will be divided into several groups and make group presentations on the backgroud and solutions of important social issues of their home countries and/or Japan.
An opportunities to experience tea ceremony and Kabuki will be also provided to deepen their understanding of Japanese traditional culture.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Outline of the course, Introduction to the Japanese traditional culture Details will be instructed in each class
Class 2 Economic Development of Japan (1) Taisho and Showa period: Economic boom, Depression and Militalism Details will be instructed in each class
Class 3 Economic Development of Japan (2) Post-war reconstruction. Rapid economic development and iron triangle Details will be instructed in each class
Class 4 Economic Development of Japan (3) Environmental pollution, Oil shock, Bubble economy and its collapse, current issues of Japanese economy Details will be instructed in each class
Class 5 Group presentation on a social issue of their home countries and/or Japan (1) Details will be instructed in each class
Class 6 Group presentation on a social issue of their home countries and/or Japan (2) Details will be instructed in each class
Class 7 Kabuki for the Beginners at National Theater near from 14:30 to 16:30 on July 4 (Wed.) Up to 20 students Details will be instructed in each class
Class 8 Experience of Japanese culture: "tea ceremony and making tea yourself" at a Japanese-style room in the International House in Ishikawadai, O-okayama campus on June 30. Up to 24 students. 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 150 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 by July 22 :
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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