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Year 2017  School Center for International Education
Course Title
Summer Session (Sociology I) 01

Instructor OTA, Ariko
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 9800005016 Course Class Code 01
Main Language English
  Course Code SOCX101L
First Academic disciplines Sociology
Second Academic disciplines Sociology
Third Academic disciplines Introduction
Level Beginner, initial or introductory Types of lesson Lecture
  Open Courses

Syllabus Information

Latest Update:2017/01/28 13:10:17

Subtitle Contemporary Japanese Society
Course Outline The course examines various aspects of contemporary Japanese society. Topics for analysis include social stratification, labor relations, education, demographic change, gender, ethnicity, and globalization. With a brief overview of historical background, it analyses causes as well as impacts or implications of contemporary issues and phenomena in these themes. Students have an opportunity to discuss what would be similarities as well as differences in comparison with situations in other regions.
Objectives The major objective of this course is to understand various dimensions of contemporary Japanense society. While exploring various issues through lectures, reading assignments, and class discussions, students are also expected to develop their own research agenda for analysis of specific issues that are relevant to the themes discussed in this course.

Course Schedule
- Introduction
Sociological Approach to Japanese Society
- Historical/Comparative Analysis
Geographical Variations in Japan
- Regional/Cultural Diversities
Demographic Dynamics in Japan
- Causes/Impacts of Demographic Change,  Comparative Analysis of Demographic Dynamics
Social Stratification in Japan
- Major Concepts/Major Factors of Social Stratification/Analysis
Economic Relations in Japan: Labor and Work 
- Major Issues and Trends in Labor Relations
Education in Japan 1
- Education and Stratification
Education in Japan 2
- Comparative Analysis of Education
Gender Relations in Japan 1
- Gender Relations in Public/Private Domains
Gender Relations in Japan 2
- Gender Relations in Comparative Perspective 
Ethnic Relations in Japan 1
- Ethnicity and Minority Issues in Japan
Ethnic Relations in Japan 2
- Ethnic Relations in Comparative Perspective
Globalization and Japan 1
- Concepts/Theories of Globalization
Globalization and Japan 2
- Analysis of Globalization in Japan
- Conclusion
Textbooks Sugimoto, Yoshio. An Introduction to Japanese Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014 (4th edition).
Rate Evaluation Criteria
Papers: 70% Writing Assignments: Short Essays:30%, Final Paper: 40%
Details will be announced in the class.
Class Participation: 30% Attendance/Class Participation:                                                 Students are expected to attend every class with active participation in discussion.
Note / URL Main Language: English

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