2019 Japan Studies I

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Academic unit or major
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Instructor(s)
Saito Hirofumi  Saijo Miki  Yamamoto Hilofumi  Bektas Yakup 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Mode of instruction
 
Day/Period(Room No.)
Intensive ()  
Group
-
Course number
LAW.X420
Credits
2
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
4Q
Syllabus updated
2019/11/25
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
English
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Course description and aims

This course is specially provided for the Tokyo Tech Winter Program participants. It focuses on Japan (Nippon) from five main aspects: disaster mamagement in Japan, Japanese domestic company, Japanese research institute, the modern history of Japanese science and technology, and Japanese religion.
This course is intended to be a gateway for program participants to gaining a basic understanding of Japan's culture, history, and science. It aims to enhance students' motivation to learn more about Japan on their own.

Student learning outcomes

The Disaster management class will help students understand how Japanese people have established the self-protection technologies and measures against natural disasters.
The classes on the history of science and technology will help students better understand the background of Japan's rapid development in science and technology after the 19th century.

Keywords

Japan, International exchange students, Japanese culture, History of Japanese science and technology, Japanese industry, Japanese research institutes, Japanese local religion

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

May vary by instructor.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Japanese protection technologies against natural disasters. Understand how Japanese people have established the self-protection technologies and measures against natural disasters including earthquakes. What learnt at the class can be utilized by anyone regardless of the nationality in case of disasters.
Class 2 Japanese religion. Visit to the local temple. Understand typical ritual of Japanses buddism.
Class 3 History of Tokyo Tech. Understand contribution of Tokyo Tech to the development of Japanese science and technology based on the history of Tokyo Tech.
Class 4 History of Japanese science and technology Part 1 History of Water Management in Tokyo. Explain water management problems in Tokyo.
Class 5 Domestic industry visit History of Japanese science and technology Part 2 Meiji Modernization and Industrialization. Understand Morris-Suzuki's 'The Technological Transformation of Japan, 1-142 (esp.71-104).
Class 6 Domestic industry visit JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, Negishi Refinery part 1. Exchange opinions with Tokyo Tech alumni who work in the JXTG and submit report papers.
Class 7 Domestic industry visit JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, Negishi Refinery part 2. Same as above.
Class 8 Domestic research institute visit Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute part 1. Submit report papers.
Class 9 Domestic research institute visit Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute part 2. Same as above.
Class 10 Presentation for assessment part 1. Students will present individual/group oral reports on what they learned in the course.
Class 11 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).

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis based on attendance, written reports, and a final presentation. To pass the course, students are required to join in the following activities: JXTG visit (Class 6, 7), Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute visit (Class 8, 9) and final presentation (Class 10, 11).

Related courses

  • LAW.X422 : Japan Studies II

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

Only participants of Tokyo Tech Winter Program can take this course.

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