Japan in the 21st Century: Sociological Perspectives

Course description Japan in the 21st Century: Sociological Perspectives
Year: 2016-2017
Catalog number: 5691VGM
Teacher(s):
  • Dr. A. E. Ezawa
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 5
Level: 100
Period: Semester 1, Block I, II
Hours of study: 28:00 hrs
  • Yes Elective choice
  • Yes Contractonderwijs
  • Yes Exchange
  • Yes Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • Yes A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Admission requirements

None.

Description

This course introduces to postwar Japanese society from a sociological perspective. A sociological approach not only attempts to describe major aspects of a society, but aims to understand and explain them. Hence, our goal is to become acquainted with major topics in postwar Japanese society, but also to acquire tools for critically analyzing these social phenomena. Topics will include the impact of rapid economic growth in the early postwar period on living and working conditions, gender inequality in the workplace, ethnic identities and class inequalities, as well as the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and its aftermath.

Course objectives

  1. To develop a good understanding of central aspects of, and key social issues in postwar Japanese society.


    1. To acquire an understanding of central sociological concepts relevant to the study of Japanese society
    2. To learn how to read academic literature, and develop the ability to synthesize and assess assigned reading materials.

Timetable

See timetable.

Mode of instruction

Lecture

Course Load

  • 5 ects x 28 hours =140 hours
  • Weekly lectures: 2 hours x 13 weeks = 26 hours
  • Preparations: readings approx. 40 pages = 7 hours x 13 weeks = 91 hours
  • Webpostings and exam preparation 19 hours
  • Exams: 2× 2 hours = 4 hours

Assessment method

  • Midterm exam (open questions and essay): 40%
  • Final exam (open questions and essay): 45%
  • Assignments (webpostings): 15%

All partial elements (both exams and assignments) of the course must be passed to receive a passing grade for the course. The course grade will be based on the weighted average of all course elements, with the condition that all partial elements must have been completed successfully to receive a passing grade.

Resit

Resits for both, the midterm and final exam will take place during the resit period in January 2017. Students who have failed one of the two exams only need to complete a resit for the exam they failed. Students who failed both exams will need to retake both exams.

Blackboard

Blackboard plays an essential part in this course. All important information about the course, including the syllabus, course requirements, and information about readings and announcements will be available on the course website. As part of class participation, students will also be required to make postings on the Blackboard website. Blackboard access is therefore essential in order to complete this course. See for more info Blackboard.

Reading list

Ishida, Hiroshi, and David Slater (Eds.). 2010. Social Class in Contemporary Japan: Structures, Sorting, and Strategies. London: Routledge.

Available at Van Stockum on Breestraat and via Tanuki. The book will also be available on the teacher’s shelf in the East Asian library and can be viewed and read in the library.

Registration

Registration through uSis. Not registered, means no permission to attend this course. See also the ‘Registrationprocedures for classes and examinations’ for registration deadlines and more information on how to register.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte via: http://www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderwijs/alacarte

Registration Contractonderwijs via: http://www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderwijs/contractonderwijs/

Contact

Dr.A. Ezawa

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/staffmembers/aya-ezawa

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