|授業概要||This course is designed to provide students with a general understanding of society, culture, and ethnic diversity in contemporary Japan by way of contrast with the United States. The course begins with an overview of the natural environment, geography, history, and other general aspects of Japan. Then we will examine cultural and ethnic diversity in Japan and the United States, including issues such as language, minority rights, and immigration policies. Students will also learn about contemporary issues shared by both countries. By taking a comparative approach, this course will help students achieve a better understanding of contemporary Japan in order to facilitate better communication with people of different backgrounds.|
|到達目標||Students will gain the knowlege on not only general aspects but various issues of both contemporary Japan and the United States.|
|授業計画||Week 1 4/17（月）：Course introduction/Geography and general aspects of Japan
Week 2 4/24（月）： Cultures and Values
Week 3 5/1 （月）：Reconsidering the discourse of Japaneseness
Week 4 5/8 （月）：The images and the realities of Okinawa
Week 5 5/15 （月）：Modern Japanese culture and society #1
Week 6 5/22 （月）：Modern Japanese culture and society #2
Week 7 5/29 （月）：International migration and theories of migratory process
Week 8 6/5 （月）：Chinese communities in Japan and the United States
Week 9 6/12 （月）：“New comers” and Japanese society
Week 10 6/19 （月）：Field trip (to be arranged)
Week 11 6/26 （月）：Japanese Americans in the United States
Week 12 7/3 （月）：“Nikkeijin” in contemporary Japan
Week 13 7/10 （月）：Hispanic immigrants in the United States
Week 14 7/17 （月）：Review
Week 15 7/24 （月）：evaluation
|授業時間外学習||Students are expected to read the assigned material and prepare for the writing and presentation assignments.|
|テキスト||No textbook is specified; however, handouts relevant to topics will be given at each class. Reading assignments for the next class will be presented when necessary.|
|参考書||Stephen Castles & Mark J. Miller, The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
Mike Douglass & Glenda S. Roberts eds., Japan and Global Migration: Foreign Workers and the Advent of a Multicultural Society, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2000.
John Lie, Multiethnic Japan, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2001
|評価基準||Grading will be based on class attendance and participation (35%), a midterm report (30%) and a final examination (35%).
A: 90-100%, B: 80-89%, C: 70-79%, D: 60-69%, F: below 59%
More than 4 unexcused absences will result in failure.