Contemporary Japanese Society (PG)
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- Term 1
The module is designed to offer a critical overview of changes occurring in the late 20th century Japanese culture and society. The module will provide students with an overview of issues facing contemporary Japanese society.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
- Identify the range of approaches related to the field of Japanese Studies.
- Critically discuss the main discourses dominating present day Japanese culture and
- Apply multi-disciplinary methods and theories.
- Analyse a wide range of evidence and materials, including statistics, historical documents,
newspapers, books and academic journals.
- Design an interdisciplinary research project that contributes to the field of Japanese
Total taught hours: 20 hours. 1 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar for 10 weeks.
Independent study: 130 hours
Total hours for module: 150 hours
Scope and syllabus
This module is designed to look at post-war Japanese (popular) culture and society. Specific topics to be
dealt with include:
- changes of gender roles
- challenges of an ageing society
- identity and minority issues
Method of assessment
Reaction paper of 1000 words (25%).
Essay of 2,500 - 3,000 words (75%).
- Harootunian, Harry and Yoda Tomiko (eds.) (2006): Japan after Japan. Social and Cultural Life from the
Recessionary 1990s to the Present. Durham: Duke University Press.
- Roberson, James E. and Suzuki Nobue (eds.) (2003): Men and Masculinity in Contemporary Japan.
- Dislocating the Salaryman Doxa. London: RoutledgeCurzon.
- Lebra, Takie Sugiyama (2007): Identity, Gender and Status in Japan. Collected Papers of Takie Lebra.
Folkestone/Kent: Global Oriental.
- Rebick, Marcus and Takenaka Ayumi (eds.) (2008): The Changing Japanese Family. London: Routledge.
- Gordon, Andrew (2003): A Modern History of Japan. Oxford: Oxford UP.
- Weiner, Michael (ed.) (1997): Japan's Minorities. The Illusion of Homogeneity. London: Routledge.
- Rien T. (2008): A New Japan for the 21st Century. An Inside Overview of Current Fundamental Changes.
Milton Park et al.: Routledge.
- Nozaki Yoshiko (2008): War Memory, Nationalism and Education in Post-War Japan, 1945-2007. The
Japanese History Textbook Controversy and Ienaga Saburo’s Court Challenges. New York: Routledge.
- Befu Harumi (2001): Hegemony of Homogeneity. An Anthropological Analysis of Nihonjinron. Melbourne:
Trans Pacific Press.
- Oguma Eiji (2002): A Genealogy of 'Japanese' Self-images. Translated by David Askew. Melbourne:
Trans Pacific Press.