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Postgraduate Course: State, Society and National Identity in Japan after 1989 (ASST11075)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaAsian Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will map out and interrogate the contours of continuity and change in Japanese society from 1989 to the present. The first section covers major political, societal and identity related shifts in Japan at the end of the Cold War. This sets the stage for a thematic section, which zooms in on specific cases of identity and difference in contemporary Japanese society, including questions of ethnicity, class, age and gender. This approach will enable students to build both synchronic and diachronic knowledge of the relationship between state, society and identity in post-Cold War Japan.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Students who have completed this course successfully will have:
- Acquired critical knowledge of the development of the Japanese state and society in the post-Cold war period
- Become familiar with frameworks of identity
- Acquired critical knowledge of a number of dynamic identity vectors in Japanese society, including ethnicity, class, age and gender.
- Produced a rigorously researched and theoretically informed written work in the form of a 4000-word essay.
2. Students who have completed this course successfully will be able to:
- Discuss major changes in Japanese politics, society and identity since the end of the Cold War
- Critically apply analytical concepts such as 'risk' 'identity' and 'difference' to Japan, as well as use those concepts elsewhere
- Present detailed, evidence-based arguments both in oral and written form
- Quickly locate, utilise and critique relevant literature
- Use knowledge acquired from the course to appraise news media and popular discourses on Japanese society
Assessment Information
One 4000 word essay
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. Studying post-cold war Japan: legacies of the past (Zachmann)
2. Politics and the economy after 1989: towards a new 'system'? (Zachmann)
3. Shifting state, individual relations in post-1989 Japan: risk and human security (Zachmann)
4. Questioning the nation at the end of the 20th century (Perkins)
5. Neo-conservative tendencies in Japanese society and education policies (Zachmann)
6. The Demographic Shift: Japan's Aging Society (Perkins)
7. Difference and multiculturalism in the 'New Japan': Japan's minorities (Perkins)
8. Japan's New Working Class : the advent of a kakusa-shakai? (Perkins)
9. Gender 1: Women and the Economy (Parker)
10. Gender 2: (Re)producing Gender in Japan (Parker)
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Segers, R.T., 2008, A New Japan for the Twenty-First Century: an Inside Overview of Current Fundamental Changes. London: Routledge.
Gaunder, A., 2011, The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics. London: Routledge.
Sugimoto, Y., 2010, An Introduction to Japanese Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Gordon, A., ed., 1993, Postwar Japan as History. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern One two hour lecture/seminar per week.
Course organiserProf Urs Matthias Zachmann
Tel: (0131 6)50 4225
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Harvey
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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