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Year 2019  School Center for International Education
Course Title
Summer Session (Anthro/Sociology I) 01

Instructor NAKAMURA, Karen
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:2019/01/29 16:30:53

Subtitle Disability and Japanese Society
Course Outline As it prepares for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics and beyond, Japanese society is focused on disability inclusion - making sure those with physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities feel part of the social fabric. This comes after a century of activism by disability organizations in Japan and much fighting against entrenched attitudes. This course examines disability history, politics, and culture from the perspective of Critical Disability Studies an emerging intellectual field that critiques normative social categories of disability and diversity.  This course is designed explicitly to be inclusive and welcoming of students with all forms of disability, whether disclosed or not.
Objectives This course introduces students to the field of Disability Studies by exploring the rich history and politics of disability movements and identity in Japan.

Course Schedule
Introduction and Chap 1-2  to Deaf in Japan by Karen Nakamura
 "Disability Worlds" by Rayna Rapp and Faye Ginsberg
Ch 4 & 7 from Disability in Japan by Carolyn Stevens
Select chapters from "The Careers of the Blind in Tokugawa Japan, 1603-1868" - Wayne Wei Yu Tan
Introduction from "Disability of the Soul" by Karen Nakamura
Screen of "Bethel" by Karen Nakamura
"Old Age Disability in Japan" by John Traphagan
"Language and Disability in Japan" by Nanette Gottlieb
Selection from "Depression in Japan" by Junko Kitanaka
Selection of readings on Hikikomori in Japan
Selection of articles on "sex volunteers" and "barrier-free brothels"
Statistical data on the prevalence of disability in Japan and worldwide
“The Role of the Tojisha” by Mark McLelland
Selected readings from Japanese newspapers on genetics and disability
Final presentations
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
Rate Evaluation Criteria
Exam: 20% Weekly quizzes
Papers: 30% Final research paper
Class Participation: 20% based on attendance and participation
Others: 20% Final presentation 10%; Provisioning of news articles for class discussion 10%
Note / URL Main Language: English

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