COSB55: Contemporary Japanese Society
Study contemporary Japan! This course examines contemporary Japanese society, focusing on issues such as politics, pop culture, demographic change and environment. We go beyond media stereotypes and internet cliches to get a deeper understanding of what Japan is and where it's going.
This course provides you with basic knowledge of key issues of present-day Japanese society.
The focus is on post-Cold War Japan, with special emphasis on the period after the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear accident in 2011. Apart from discussing a number of critical issues, we also highlight the interrelationship between these issues and problems. In order to understand, for example, the debate about Japan as an ageing society with low fertility, it is necessary to understand the Japanese position with regard to immigration, gender and hi-tech robotics.
In the course, we also address more conventional issues affecting society. The topics discussed include the success of the Liberal Democratic party that has led the country since 1945 and Japan's role and status in an increasingly uncertain East Asian region and in the global arena.
Course code: COSB55
Credits: 7.5 hp
Cycle: First cycle
Language of instruction: English
Teaching form: Course, Distance learning
Rate of study: Full time (100%)
Instructional time: Mixed-time
Entry requirements: General admission requirements as well as previously higher education studies of at least 30 credits. English 6/B.