Introduction to Japanese Society 2020

This is the course webpage for Introduction to Japanese Society, Friday Period 3.

Syllabus: 19J2003-日本社会入門
Grading Rubric: Introduction to Japanese Society Rubric 2020
Active Learning Reading Report: Download the file, follow the instructions, submit by 11 December 01234567 Seaton IJS2020

Class Texts:
The following two books are the basic resources for this course. Readings from them will be assigned each week.
1) Statistical Handbook of Japan 2020 (“Handbook”). This is available open access.
2) Joy Hendry, Understanding Japanese Society (Fifth Edition), Routledge. Please arrange to purchase or borrow an ebook/paperback for the duration of the course.

Week 1 (2 October) : The Japanese Archipelago – geography, climate, territory

12:40-13:10: Course Explanation on Zoom

13:10-13:50: On-demand materials

13:50-14:10: Q&A

Week 2 (9 October): Population – population shrinkage, rural depopulation, aging society

12:40-13:10: Course Explanation on Zoom

13:10-13:50: On-demand materials

13:50-14:10: Q&A

Week 3 (16 October): Multicultural Japan – minorities, urban vs rural, prefectural characteristics

12:40-12:50: Announcements

12:50-13:50: On-demand materials

13:50-14:10: Q&A

Week 4 (23 October): The State – parliament, bureaucracy, local authorities

12:40-12:50: Announcements

12:50-13:50: On-demand materials + Tutorial sessions 1-3 (12:50, 13:10, 13:30)

13:50-14:10: Q&A

Week 5 (30 October): The Economy – industry, agriculture, business

12:40-12:50: Announcements

12:50-13:50: On-demand materials + Tutorial sessions 4-6 (12:50, 13:10, 13:30)

13:50-14:10: Q&A

Week 6 (6 November): Work – full-time work, part-time work, male-female (in)equality

12:40-12:50: Announcements

12:50-13:50: On-demand materials + Tutorial sessions 7-9 (12:50, 13:10, 13:30)

13:50-14:10: Q&A

Week 7 (13 November): Households – family structure, housing, declining birthrates

12:40-12:50: Announcements

12:50-13:50: On-demand materials + Tutorial sessions 10-12 (12:50, 13:10, 13:30)

13:50-14:10: Q&A

Week 8 (27 November): Class – “middle class Japan”, wealth and poverty

12:40-12:50: Announcements

12:50-13:50: On-demand materials + Tutorial sessions 13-15 (12:50, 13:10, 13:30)

13:50-14:10: Q&A

Week 9 (4 December): Education – compulsory education, higher education, qualifications and training

12:40-12:50: Announcements

12:50-13:50: On-demand materials + Tutorial sessions 16-18 (12:50, 13:10, 13:30)

13:50-14:10: Q&A

Week 10 (11 December): Leisure – sport, pop culture, entertainment

12:40-12:50: Announcements

12:50-13:50: On-demand materials + Tutorial sessions 19-21 (12:50, 13:10, 13:30)

13:50-14:10: Q&A

Active Learning Hours Report Deadline, Friday 11 December, 14:10, by email.

Week 11 (18 December): The Environment – disasters, energy, nature

12:40-12:50: Announcements

12:50-13:50: On-demand materials + Tutorial sessions 22-24 (12:50, 13:10, 13:30)

13:50-14:10: Q&A

Week 12 (25 December): The Movement of People – relocation, migration, tourism

12:40-12:50: Announcements

12:50-13:50: On-demand materials + Tutorial sessions 25-27 (12:50, 13:10, 13:30)

13:50-14:10: Q&A

Week 13 (8 January): Japan in International Society – international relations, defense, contributions to international society

12:40-12:50: Announcements

12:50-13:50: On-demand materials + Tutorial sessions 28-30 (12:50, 13:10, 13:30)

13:50-14:10: Final comments/summary