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Information, Technology, and Society in Asia 125

Social Inequality and Religion: South and East Asia Compared
The one-term seminar style intensive course of ITASIA 125 provides comparative perspectives for the understanding of the political, social and cultural significance of social inequality in South and East Asia. The course particularly focuses on issues relating to the ideas and practices of ‘untouchability' in India and Japan and explores its religious dimensions.

Students will gain a basic understanding of discrimination in both historical and contemporary Asian societies. They will be covering important academic debates and contributions from the diverse disciplines of history, sociology, anthropology, and literature/film studies. They will also watch films on the topic and make a museum trip in order to broaden their insights and understanding.

By the end of the course will have developed a strong theoretical framework with which to interpret, compare and contrast multiple aspects of social inequality in Asian societies.
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4971250
GII-IA6125L3
Information, Technology, and Society in Asia 125
池亀 彩
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月曜3限、木曜3限
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東文研及総合博物館 東文研3F第2会議室
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
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授業計画
SCHEDULE 1: Introduction: What is 'untouchability'? (08/04/2019) 2: Understanding Caste (011/04/2019) 3: Understanding Caste 2 (15/04/2019) 4: M. K. Gandhi and untouchability (18/04/2019) 5: B. R. Ambedkar and untouchability (22/04/2019) 6: Untouchability in Japan (25/04/2019) 7: Historical origins of Burakumin (09/05/2019) 8: Buraku struggle in the 20th century (13/05/2019) 9: Religious cultures at margins compared (16/05/2019) 10: Identity politics and affirmative actions compared (20/05/2019) 11: Human rights and Nationalism (23/05/2019) 12: Solidarity movement and its limitation (27/05/2019) 13: Field visit: visiting Tokyo's untouchable past (30/05/2019)
授業の方法
This course contains short lectures, students discussion based on readings, and field visits & interviews.
成績評価方法
Grades are given based on: attendance (20%), class performance (40%), and a written essay of 2500 to 3500 words (40%)
教科書
A more detailed reading list will be distributed at the beginning of the course. All the readings will be available on ITC-LMS.
参考書
Sharma, Ursula 1999 Caste. Buckingham ; Philadelphia : Open University Press Neary, Ian 2003 'Burakumin at the End of History', Social Research: an International Quarterly, 70(1): 269–294. Neary, Ian 1997 'Burakumin in contemporary Japan', in Weiner, Michael (ed.) Japan's Minorities, London Routlege, pp. 59-83 A more detailed reading list will be distributed at the beginning of the course.
履修上の注意
This course will be conducted in English.