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Course Information

Year 2018  School Center for International Education
Course Title
Summer Session (Culture I) 01

Instructor TRAPHAGAN, John Willis
Term/Day/Period summer quarter  othersothers
Category Global Studies Eligible Year 1st year and above Credits 2
Classroom 実施場所未定 Campus waseda
Course Key 9800005007 Course Class Code 01
Main Language English
  Course Code CMFC101L
First Academic disciplines Composite Fields Studies
Second Academic disciplines Culture
Third Academic disciplines Introduction
Level Beginner, initial or introductory Types of lesson Lecture
  Open Courses

Syllabus Information

Latest Update:2018/06/11 22:29:37

Subtitle Japanese Culture and Society
Course Outline
Objectives Develop a broad understanding of main themes in contemporary Japanese culture and society.
before/after course of study At only a little over four weeks, this class is very short. Thus, we will not have a large number of assignments. There will be three quizzes and one group assignment.

Quizzes: There will be three quizzes in this class that take place on Wednesday of each week for the first three weeks. The quizzes are worth 30% of your grade.

Journal/Field notes Assignment (40% of grade): Social and cultural anthropologists keep a detailed journal or field notes that record their observations and help them to work through the meanings of what they observe. The journal is a record of events and an interpretation of those events that includes descriptive details and questions or ideas that arise in observing events and talking to people in the fieldwork context. They include writing about the ordinary and the unusual—everything is fair game. For example, when I go to a restaurant, in my field notes I write about the food, in detail, and note elements such as the décor of the restaurant and they ways in which people are dressed or their average ages. The more detail, the better.

This assignment is the key assignment in the course and is intended to help you to engage the context of contemporary Japan. You should keep a daily journal that details as much as possible about your experiences in Japan. You can discuss conversations you have had with Japanese people (or with other students in the program), food that you have eaten, places you have visited. The object here is to record your observations in detail and then to write what you think about what you have observed. You are expected to write a minimum of 1/2 page per day (typed, single space, 2cm margins).

You can write in the first person, since this is based on your experiences and insight. You should do more than simply record what you observe; you should also reflect on what you observe. What do you think it means? What kinds of cultural message or elements do you see? For example, if you write about a visit to a restaurant describe your experiences, and then add an analysis based on the anthropological discussions of topics we cover in class like authenticity, otherness, and identity. You can also compare experiences with your thoughts about your own culture/society. How are your experiences different from what you would encounter at home? How do your experiences in Japan challenge or force you to think about your own culture? What sort of assumptions do you make about what is normal and natural that you are now questioning?

You will be required to turn in your field notes/journal every Wednesday. You will be graded on quality of writing, level of detail in your notes, and the quality and depth of your analysis of your observations.

Attendance: Attendance will be taken daily and will represent 30% of your final grade.
Course Schedule
25 – 29 June 2018: Japanese Social Organization

25 – 29 June 2018: Japanese Social Organization

25 – 29 June 2018: Japanese Social Organization

25 – 29 June 2018: Japanese Social Organization

2 – 6 July 2018: Education

2– 6 July 2018: Education

2– 6 July 2018: Education

2 – 6 July 2018: Education

9 – 13 July 2018: Demographic Change

9 – 13 July 2018: Demographic Change

9– 13 July 2018: Demographic Change

9 – 13 July 2018: Demographic Change

16 – 19 July 2018: Religion and Society

16 – 19 July 2018: Religion and Society

16 – 19 July 2018: Religion and Society

Textbooks Readings are supplementary to class lectures. We may not discuss a specific reading in class, but you should keep up on readings. Content from readings will be included in the quizzes
Reference None
Rate Evaluation Criteria
Exam: 30% Quizzes
Class Participation: 30% Class Participation
baed on attendance
Others: 40% Daily journal
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