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Course Information

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

Instructor SHINODA, Toru
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 9800005023 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:2018/03/16 10:24:24

Subtitle Working Japan: From comparative, global, and comprehensive perspectives
Course Outline
Why is Sen in Hayao Miyazaki's globally popular film, Spirited Away, working so hard? This course explores the world of working Japan. In other words, we wander physically, imaginarily, and intellectually around varieties of scenes in which diverse Japans and people in them have been working. Through the interdisciplinary approaches, we conceive ideas of working not only in the Japanese contexts but also ultimately in your countries' ones, and hopefully in universal one. We will learn varieties of concepts of work through our reading. We will also try to apply these concepts into various cases for works and working people broadly defined in Japan historically and geographically through many kinds of materials and information including guest speakers, films, and field works. In the learning process, we will have a keen awareness of class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in our discussions. We will also appreciate variable perspectives reflecting our students' diversities in our free and inclusive class space. Our students will have individual and/or collective research projects through our class period. The projects will focus on real scenes of works and working people in Japan with students' analysis utilizing the concepts of work. The students will be expected to work on their projects outside of our class room and time.  
Objectives This class will provide a foundation for a deep understanding of work through conceptualizing work, applying the concepts in various cases, and comprehending them in a real situation. Through these processes, students will have opportunities to think of significance of work, looking into Japan and the Japanese through the lense of work, and identifying similarities and differences between Japan and other coutiries from the perspective.
before/after course of study The students will be expected to read their assined reading and be prepared for discussion on it before every class. Students should be also prepared for discussions with a few questions on case studies of a conceptualized work whose schedule will be announced at the first class. Students should be accustomed to watch and think of works and working people in any countries' everyday through the entire summer session, even before it.
Course Schedule
Episode 1: How do we workin this course?
Orientation. A detail of this course will be explained to the students, The students will dicuss their own expectation to and goal in this course. We will have two periods on every class day. The first part will be spent for our discussions on each reading assigtnment of our text book. The second part will be used variably such as inviting guest speakers, going to a field work, and watching films. The following schedule of the second part is tentative and will be possibly changed, The fixed schedule will be announced at this orientation. 
Episode 2:

Part 1: Introcution

Part 2:"Working Lands"

Episode 3:

Part 1: Chapter 1 (Work as Curse)

Part 2:"The Making"

Episode 4:

Part 1:Chapter 2 (Work as Freedome)

Part 2:"The Selling"

Episode 5:

Part 1: Chapter 3 (Work as a Commodity)

Part 2: "The Driving"

Episode 6:

Part 1: Chapter 4 (Work as Occupational Citizenship)

Part 2: "The Communicating"

Episode 7:

Part 1: Chapter 5 (Work as Disutility)

Part 2: "The Watching"/"The Teaching"

Episode 8:

Part 1: Chapter 6: (Work as Personal Fulfilment)

Part 2: "The Cleaning"/"Footwork"

Episode 9:

Part 1:Chapter 7: (Work as a Social Relation)

Part 2: "Family Business"

Episode 10:

Part 1: Chapter 8: (Work as Caring for Others)

Part 2: "Bureaucracy"

Episode 11:

Part 1:Chapter 9: (Work as Identity)

Part 2: "Cradle to Grave"

Episode 12:

 Part 1: Chapter 10: (Work as Service)

 Part 2: "Housewives"

Episode 13:

Part 1: Conclusion (Work Matters)

Part 2:"Second Chance"/"Searching of a Calling"/

"Reflections on Idleness and Retirement"

Episode 14:

Field Work Day (tentative)

Episode 15: How have we worked in this course?

Conclusion. The students will give their projects. The lecturer will give them comments on the presentations and remarks on the entire class activities. The students and lecturer will share their experiences through this class and celebrate their accomplishments. 

Textbooks John W. Budd, The Thought of Work, Cornell University Press (2011). The students will be provided its copied materials.
Reference Based on the progress of our class discussions and acitivities, if our lecturer decided to provide additional information, some relevant materials and sources will be given in our classes and e-mailed to our srtudents individually and collectively.
Evaluation A grade of this course will be based on its lecturer's comprehensive evaluation of its students' activities. While the students will have varieties of assingments which must be heavilly considered for the evalustion, the lecturer will also focus on the students' inspiring intellectual capacity which will be showed through diverse class activities and assignments. Furthermore, the students will be also appreciated by their contribution to a high chemistry of our class such as thoughtful questions in our discussion, productive leadership in our class activities, and innovative work in their assignments. Finally, an intellectual growth of the students will be valued through the whole period of this class.
Note / URL These will be also informed at our class room and e-mailed to students in an appropriate timing. 

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