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Japanese Society and History

This term will be a new and challenging one for all of us. I want to encourage you to join me in using the mantra “Let’s get through this together.” There may be times where you’re thinking more about the health of family and friends elsewhere. I encourage you to be open and honest with those concerns and with yourself and with me. None of us has ever gone through something quite like this and we are all engaging with a variety of emotions. Taking care of your mental and physical health is of paramount importance.
This course is designed to provide an overview of contemporary Japanese society through a comparative sociological lens. In the course of the semester, we will use broad sociological concepts to explore how they play out in a specific social setting, while also considering how Japan compares with elsewhere. The goal is to further our sociological understanding by seeing how issues work in various societies and to help strengthen your understanding of your own society as well.

We can think of the course, based on the length of the term and in a hat tip to David Letterman (the retired TV host in the US), as a “Top Ten List.” The original idea of a top ten things to know about Japan came from Carol Gluck (1998). I have modified it to fit the contemporary conditions in Japan. The topics link together, but owing to the necessities of how to talk about them, the topics have been separated for convenience sake.
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時間割/共通科目コード
コース名
教員
学期
時限
21204102
GHS-SC6A01L3
Japanese Society and History
クリストファー・ボンディー
S1 S2
金曜3限
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教室
講義使用言語
英語
単位
2
実務経験のある教員による授業科目
NO
他学部履修
開講所属
人文社会系研究科
授業計画
Top ten things to know about Japan: Week 1: Introduction to the Course, Introduction to each other Week 2: Japan is not a small country – Be comparative! Week 3: Society is primary – Social expectations Week 4: Education matters – creating social knowledge Week 5: People do challenge the status quo – Social Movements Week 6: EXAM 1 Week 7: Japan is undergoing dramatic demographic change – Birth rate and aging population Representation Papers due Week 8, in class. Week 8: There are changing gender expectations – women in work, men in childrearing roles Week 9: Japan is in political flux – LDP and constitutional revision Week 10: Japan is not “Safe” but a “Safer” country – Crime Week 11: Film Week 12: Japan is multi-cultural – Other voices Week 13: Wrap up, EXAM 2
授業の方法
Primarily lecture and discussion based. We may have debates in class or have guest speakers as well. You will need to come to class having read the materials and ready to discuss or ask questions on.
成績評価方法
Evaluation: Representation Paper: (20 points) This paper is designed to get you thinking “out of the classroom.” It is a short (2-3 pages) assignment that considers visual representations of Japanese society. You will need to find a picture from a major news source (newspaper/magazine/TV) that represents some aspect of Japanese society that we have discussed. You will need to submit the image and a 3-4 page write-up discussion of the image. A further explanation will be provided in class. Final Paper: (40 points) The paper should be 6-8 pages, double-spaced, written in flowing, grammatically correct prose. The topic for the paper is: “Make an argument for an additional topic of inclusion in the top ten list” Referencing readings you have found and presenting a compelling argument will strengthen your paper. A further explanation will be provided in class. 2 response papers (15 points each) You will need to write a short (2-3 page) response to two of the reading sections that we have covered (for example, the readings for education, or the readings for social movements). The paper can be on the topics of your choice, but you will need to do two of them over the course of the term. I encourage you to not wait until the end of the term, as you will undoubtedly be busy. The papers will be due the week we cover the material. Attendance and Participation (10 points) You will be expected to “attend” and participate in all classes as best you can.
教科書
Course readings will be prepared by the instructor and provided through dropbox
参考書
Bestor, ed. 2013. "Routledge Handbook of Japanese Culture and Society" Routledge Press. Sugimoto. 2017. "Introduction to Japanese Society" Cambridge University Press; 4th edition
履修上の注意
I encourage you to consider Japan as a place (home, temporary home, new home) that you can take what you are experiencing around you and analyze it critically. None of us has all the answers, so let's learn from each other.