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2017 Courses(October to December, 10 classes

Mon Wed Thu Fri
10:30-12:00 Introductory Japanese 
Language Course 
Minority and Politics in Asia 
Associate Professor 

Contemporary Japanese Culture 
Associate Professor 
Hitoshi TANAKA

Contemporary Japanese Society
14:40-16:10 Language and Society 
16:20-17:50 International Migration in Asia
Assistant Professor
Yasuko Hassall KOBAYASHI 

Language and Society

In this course, we will take up the subject of language as a resource in constituting socio-cultural meanings, such as identity, including gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and nationality. While the object of our study will focus a good deal on Japanese and English, we will also use the themes developed in the class to discuss European and other Asian languages, particularly those relevant to the students enrolled in the course. 

Contemporary Japanese Culture

This course addresses various facets of contemporary Japanese culture and examines the gap between self-understanding inside Japanese society and the perception from outside. We will carefully reflect upon discourses on the particularities of Japanese culture: circulated images of Japan as hybrid of high tech and spiritual tradition: global promotion of popular culture.

International Migration in Asia

International migration has now become part of our everyday lives in the Asian region and has been diversified itself into various forms in the past several decades. The aim of this course is for students to gain a basic understanding of different forms of contemporary international migration in the Asian region from multidisciplinary viewpoints in a critical manner. The course will examine the characteristics of different types of international migration in Asia. It will also cover challenges and difficulties that migrants of each type face in their host countries. 

Minority and Politics in Asia

Issues related to minority-majority relations have become increasingly important in Asia as well as in Europe. The aim of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of how minority-majority relations are constructed in East Asian countries (especially in Japan). Both state policies and minority groups’ reactions will be discussed in comparison with European cases. 

Contemporary Japanese Society

Japanese society has experienced drastic transformation since the defeat in World War II. This course outlines social and political changes postwar Japan has undergone in comparison with the cases of European countries. It also examines postwar Japanese society from various viewpoints such as gender, minorities, and the atomic bomb experience.