Japanese Culture and Society

JPN 3500 (U01) | Fall 2015 | Masako Kubota|

Course Overview

This course when taught by Masako Kubota will examine Japan, from 1603 to 1868, focusing on the culture, societal life of people and the geography of Japan. A multi-perspective approach will be used to examine class and gender, the effects of modernization, globalization, daily life and diversions in Edo the city that became Tokyo. Japanese indigenous people called Ainu, their culture and society will be introduced with lecture and video. Students will explore not only the traditional art including NĂ´ play, Kabuki, but also current events and contemporary social concerns. This will be highlighted using case studies and a current events journal to understand, analyze and evaluate contemporary social issues in Japan. Students will examine local, global, international and intercultural levels through engagement in problem solving