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Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Japan - Tohoku University - 'Engineering & Science in English, Tohoku Univ.'
UC Course SubjectAsian Studies
Number & Suffix: 101 D
Transcript Title: JAPANESE CULTURE 
UC QTR Units - Division: 3.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: Japanese Culture C and D are exploratory courses designed to teach about and share insights into various aspects of the living culture of Japan. Nearly the same contents are covered in the two classes, which are offered in different semesters, class C in the fall semester and class D in the spring semester. The courses comprise three basic approaches: lectures on certain cultural aspects of the country, reading and discussion of literature, and field trips to places of cultural significance. Lectures, reading and field trips are designed to complement one another. The lecture subjects include, to name a few, the story of a samurai witnessing Japan’s transition from the feudal age to the modern age, maintaining one of the oldest sake breweries in the nation, and the cultural implications behind the reconstruction effort following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Reading and discussion focus on short stories written by such modern authors as Enchi Fumiko, Higuchi Ichiyo, and Miyazawa Kenji. As for field trips, the Shiroishi Castle, a sake brewery, and Buddhist temples make up part of the destinations. The two courses also serve as gateways to opportunities for volunteer activities for those students who are interested. Some of the people we meet as part of the class are actively involved in the reconstruction effort following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami event. By volunteering to help out in these actions, students can actually take part in the building of new culture for this nation. Assessment: class participation, weekly web forum assignments, term paper and presentation. 
Language of Instruction: English
Partner University Department: JYPE 
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