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Class Schedule Listing - 2023 Fall (Apr 23, 2024)


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Japan Inside-Out: Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies Academic Seminar - 53716 - ASST 2000 - 801
CL: SOC 2130 (801). Topical Section Description: From its archaic tradition in which it integrated Chinese culture into its language and religion and into the late 19th century when it opened its doors to the West, Japan has long struggled to maintain its traditions and indigenous culture as it has assimilated foreign elements, alternate modes of thought and different forms of organizational structure into its institutions. These qualities make Japan a fascinating comparative reference point for understanding Western culture, as it challenges fundamental notions of human nature, and shows ways in which seemingly incongruent cultures can come together in novel ways. This allows for reflection on globalization, identity politics, cultural difference and how a historically insular culture can negotiate its international standing when it is often at odds with international norms. This seminar examines selected topics in contemporary Japanese studies. Conceived as a cross-disciplinary Asian Studies course including sociological and cultural anthropological perspectives, the course combines seminar discussions, lectures from TUJ’s research-active area specialists, guest lecturers from across the world, and guided field trips to key locations in Tokyo and beyond. It builds not only on in-house academic expertise but Tokyo’s premier international English-language public lecture series, the Institute for Contemporary Asian Studies at TUJ. Course topics and readings focus on nationalism, culture, and identity politics; race and ethnicity; popular culture and its global dialectic; manga, anime, and gaming; civil society and political dissent; and Japan’s international relations. The course is bookended by methodological and theoretical classes giving students from any academic field a variety of intellectual tools they can use to interpret what they’re seeing and reading during their stay in Japan. These are drawn in particular from sociology, anthropology, political science, cultural and visual studies, and history. (Note: Field trip activities for this course will be supported by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (free of charge to students enrolled in this class).

Associated Term: 2023 Fall
Registration Dates: Apr 02, 2023 to Sep 07, 2023
Registration Levels: Graduate, NonDegree Continuing Undergrad, Undergraduate

Japan Campus
Base Lecture Schedule Type
Classroom In-Person Instructional Method
Credit Hours: 3.000

Seats Available: 4

Scheduled Meeting Times
Type Time Days Where Date Range Schedule Type Instructors
Class 1:40 pm - 3:10 pm TR Temple Japan Main Building 00608 Sep 04, 2023 - Dec 13, 2023 Base Lecture Kyle L. Cleveland (P)E-mail

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