Emma Cook degree icon

Associate Professor

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Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University

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Feel free to contact me at:

cook [at] imc.hokudai.ac.jp




Introduction to Japanese Studies III (Society)

The other official course title for this class is: Introduction to Japanese Society

This course has two main aims. First it is an introductory course on Japanese society with a particular focus on understanding social institutions and social issues within contemporary Japanese society. Second, you will learn how to analyse the everyday through engagement with texts on Japanese society.

Full Syllabus and Reading List for 2018 is available here

 

Weekly Schedule (Spring 2018):

Week 1 Introduction to the Course (April 10th)

No reading due.

Slides

Week 2 Social Structure: Class and Stratification (April 17th)

Required Reading:

Ishida, H and D. Slater 2010. “Social Class in Japan”, in Ishida, Hiroshi and David H. Slater (eds.). Social Class in Contemporary Japan: Structures, Sorting and Strategies. London and New York: Routledge. 1-29

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 3 Education and Socialisation (April 24th)

Required Reading:

Goodman, Roger. 2011. ‘Japanese Education and Education Reform‘ in Victoria Lyon Bestor and Theodore C. Bestor, with Akiko Yamagata (eds.). Routledge Handbook of Japanese Culture and Society. London and New York: Routledge. Pp. 52-62

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 4 Labour and Employment Systems (May 1st)

Required Reading:

North, Scott. 2014. ‘Limited Regular Employment and the Reform of Japan’s Division of Labor 限定正規雇用と日本の分業改革,’ The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 15, No. 1. Also accessible online if you prefer to read a webpage at: http://apjjf.org/2014/12/15/Scott-North/4106/article.html

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 5 Kinship and Family (May 8th)

Required Reading:

Goldfarb, Kathryn. 2016. “‘Coming to look alike’: Materializing affinity in Japanese foster and adoptive care.Social Analysis 60(2): 47-64.

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 6 Gender and Identity (May 15th)

Required Reading:

1. Mackie, Vera. 2008. ‘How to Be a Girl: Mainstream Media Portrayals of Transgendered Lives in Japan,’ in Asian Studies Review Vol. 32. Pp. 411-423

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 7 Religion and Ritual (May 22nd)

Required Reading:

1. Reader, Ian. 2016. ’Problematic Conceptions and Critical Developments: The Construction and Relevance of ‘Religion’ and Religious Studies in JapanJournal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions 3 (2016): 198-218.

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 8 Disability and Illness (June 5th)

Required Reading:

Hayashi, R and Okuhira, M. 2001. ‘The Disability Rights Movement in Japan: Past, present and future,’ Disability & Society. 16(6): 855-869.

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 9 Minorities and Ethnicity (June 12th)

Required Reading:

Ryang, Sonia. 2005. ‘Japan’s Ethnic Minority: Koreans’ in Jennifer Robertson (ed.) A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan. Blackwell Publishing. Pp. 89-103.

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 10: Migration (June 19th)

Required Reading:

Liu-Farrer, Gracia. 2009. ‘Creating a Transnational Community: Chinese Newcomers in Japan,’ in Weiner, Michael (ed.) Japan’s Minorities: The Illusion of Homogeneity. London and New York: Routledge. Pp. 116-138.

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 11 Reading Week (June 26th)

No Required Reading, but a chance to catch up on your reading, notes and discussions of previous classes. This is also the perfect time to start thinking about, planning, and writing your essay.

Week 12 Protest and Social Movements (July 3rd)

Required Reading:

1. Mori, Yoshitaka. 2005. ‘Culture = Politics: The Emergence of New Cultural Forms of Protest in the Age of FreeterInter-Asia Cultural Studies, Volume 6, Number 1, 2005.

If you have time, please also read this:

2. Slater, David H. et al. 2015. ‘SEALDs (Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy): Research Note on Contemporary Youth Politics in JapanThe Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 13, Issue. 37, No. 1, September 14, 2015

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 13 Environmental Issues and Natural Disasters (July 10th)

Required Reading:

Kirby, Peter. 2010. Troubled Natures: Waste, Environment, Japan. University of Hawaii Press. ‘Introduction: Japan’s Waste Shadow.’

Discussion Question Due

Slides

Week 14 Peer Review Week (July 17th)

No required reading or discussion question due. This week you will have the time to finalise your essays and conduct peer reviews to strengthen them.

Week 15 Discussion and Evaluation (July 24th)

No required readings. In this class we will wrap up the course. I will also go over reminders of how to properly cite and reference your essay. Please make sure you attend as this is also where you get a chance to submit an anonymous evaluation of the course and its teaching.

**Essay Deadline**

Thursday 26th July 2018 by 5pm via email
Please note that all submissions should be in Microsoft Word format. If that is not possible then a PDF will also be accepted. See the full syllabus for all instructions.

 

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