Exploring Contemporary Japanese Society
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Tänapäeva Jaapani ühiskond
Course title in English
Exploring Contemporary Japanese Society
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2022/2023 Spring semester
Maret Nukke (language of instruction:Estonian)
Course aims
The course gives the knowledge of modern Japanese society, its mechanisms of functioning and problems. The course focuses also on the developing of students’ ability to discuss about different phenomena in society and to establish links between them.
Brief description of the course
The course combines various methods of learning, including lectures, seminars and group works. In lectures will be introduced more general concepts that characterize the functioning of Japanese society, and the themes related to the phenomena described in documentaries, such as the homeless, bullying in schools, hikikomori, sekuhara, child abduction, etc. After watching a documentary students will discuss critically the themes of the film and explore the phenomenon by comparing the aspects seen in the documentary with the research results in academic literature. The course includes a Moodle e-course, which offers additional materials for seminars and different tasks. Students are expected to participate actively in discussions and do their weekly homework by the deadline. At the end of the course, students write an academic essay on one of the topics of seminars (or on freely chosen topic) in which the student is expected to demonstrate his ability to critically analyse a social phenomenon in Japanese society and to create links between different socio-cultural phenomena.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- knows how Japanese society functions and is able to describe the basic concepts and terms;
- knows about various societal problems that occur in Japan and is able to describe the background of these phenomena;
- is able to describe serious societal phenomena in Japanese society;
- is able to find links between different phenomena in Japanese society, and to critically analyse these phenomena and related problems.
Maret Nukke