Undergraduate Course: Modern Japanese Society (ASST10112)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course focusses on the nature of society in modern Japan, from the mid-19th century but with particular emphasis on the present day. In particular we will investigate a range of social issues that have become key talking points in Japanese media, academic and political circles.
Week 1 - Introduction
Week 2 - The Lost Decade and Issues in Contemporary Japanese Society
Week 3 - Risk and Surveillance in Contemporary Japan
Week 4 - Challenges in Japanese Education
Week 5 - Economy and Work: Freeters and kakusa-shakai
Week 6 - Religion, Civil Society and the State
Week 7 - Gender Trouble?
Week 8 - Mental Health in Japan
Week 9 - The Politics of Memory
Week 10 - The Korean Minority in Japan
Week 11 - Youth Protest and Risk
The course focusses on the nature of society in modern Japan, from the mid-19th century but with particular emphasis on the present day. The distinctively Japanese forms of social organization will be assessed, as will the far-reaching effects of Western influence and social forms. Where appropriate, analysis of pre-modern forms of Japanese society will be presented.
All students will be given a formative feedback exercise that will be helpful for the assessment for this course and students' general academic development.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Equivalent of U01730 or successful completion of a second- or third-year level course in Japanese society.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify and explain the key challenges to emerge in Japan's two lost decades
- Critically evaluate popular discourse on Japan's social and political issues
- Analyse recent trends in Japanese society in the context of neoliberal economic reform and risk
- Critically historicise current issues in Japanese society
- Design and conduct autonomous research on contemporary Japanese
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||AS Mod Jap Soc,japan,society,modern
|Course organiser||Ms Lauren Richardson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4098
|Course secretary||Mr David Horn
Tel: (0131 6)50 4227