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Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Japan - International Christian University - 'International Christian Univ.', 'International Christian Univ. with Internship'
UC Course SubjectSociology
Number & Suffix: 128
Transcript Title: JAPANESE SOCIETY 
UC QTR Units - Division: 4.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This course is examines contemporary Japanese society. The course begins with a historical overview of postwar (1945-) Japan, followed by a close look at aspects of people‚Äôs lives in Japan, including work, family, education, community, minorities, popular culture and politics. The emphasis is on inequality, diversity, and demographic and economic changes within and outside of Japanese society. Local and global aspects of Japanese societal transformation are considered, examining Japanese society from a comparative sociological perspective. Focus is on differences and similarities in social structure, institutions, values, and norms between Japan and the US as well as of other nation-states with which class participants are familiar (keeping in mind that any nation contains substantial diversity). Participants who grew up outside of Japan are expected to see the familiar in the strange, while participants who grew up mostly in Japan are expected to see the strange in the familiar. We all try to see the general in the particular, going beyond exoticized and stereotypical national character assumptions. In addition to reading monographs, academic journal articles, and newspaper articles, we use audio-visual materials (educational programs, documentaries, and other films) and engage in in-class discussions and group activities. 
Language of Instruction: English
Partner University Department: Sociology 
Partner University Course Number: SOC205E