Japanese Culture and SocietyⅡ Japanese Culture and SocietyⅡ
Culture and Society are concepts relative to one’s own experience which can be elaborated through multiple perspectives and comparison. In fact, bunka(文化): culture and shakai(社会): society, are both translated words created only after contact with the West during the Meiji era. In this course we will discuss Japanese culture and society through comparison and through the lens of foreigners, using resources such as documentaries, news articles, books, social media and guest speakers. We will explore various aspects of Japanese culture and society through discussion on the materials provided in class. Students are encouraged to have active discussion in English.
The objectives of this course are:
1.To gain new perspective on our own culture and society 2.To be able to discuss and state own opinions on various aspects of Japan
Lecture Reading Discussion Presentation
1. Introduction/Orientation 2. Enhancing cultural awareness 3. Japan from views of foreigners 4. Japan from views of foreigners 2 5. Guest speaker 6. Culture: The rules of the social game 7. Cultural differences and culture shock 8. Implicit / Explicit communication 9. Collective Assimilation / Individualism 10. Leadership, hierarchy and power 11. Gender roles and equality 12. Guest speaker 13. Relationships in Japan 14. Oral presentations 15. Summary/ Reflection
Class Participation 40 % Presentation 30% Final Essay 30%
Attendance and active participation are both essential for this course.
Gert Jan Hofstede, Paul B. Pedersen, Geert Hofstede