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Advanced Seminar in Japanese Culture and Society


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor: Marcos Centeno
  • Prerequisite: Japanese 3
  • Assessment: a 1500-word essay (20%), 2500-word essay (50%) and post-sessional activities (30%)

Module description

This module aims to develop understanding of various current issues in Japanese culture and society from interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Topics include politics, international relations, economy, gender/sexuality, religion, and education. You will also develop proficiency in the Japanese language in an academic context, through the study of various key issues in contemporary Japan.

Course materials are taken not only from scholarly writings in English, but also from a variety of up-to-date Japanese language media so that you will be able to engage with 'real' materials.

Indicative module content

  • Being a foreigner in Japan
  • Unfinished history and the rise of nationalism
  • Japan-USA relationship
  • Left wing - the Dankai Generation wanting to do Sōkatsu?
  • 'Gap-Widening Society' and Neoliberalism
  • School education
  • Religion
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Ontology of Yankees
  • Fukushima - what is 'Nippon'? What is Kizuna?