Japanese Issues (Culture) (Taught in English) A University of Tsukuba
Deepen your understanding of Japanese culture.
1) Gain knowledge of the Japanese perspective of society and its value 2) Explain the relationship between the Japanese value and it’s social phenomena (e.g. family, education, generation gaps, technology, communication, etc. ) 3) Compare the Japanese social phenomena with those of students’ home countries and explain the differences.
Communication ability, and Broad perspective and international character
In-class Quiz 5% class discussion 10% On-line quiz 20% Presentation about Japanese Cultural Events 10% Comprehensive Midterm Examination 25% Comprehensive Final Examination 30% Note that grades from A+ to C are to be determined based on the total score.
Introduction of Japanese Culture Aimai (ambiguity)Bushid？ (the way of warrior) D？ spiritGambri (Patience and determination) Giri (Social obligation)Tea CeremonyUchi and soto Honne to Tatemae (Private vs. Public Stance)Haragei (Implicit way of communication) Nemawashi (Groundwork)Bigaku (Sense of beauty) Kisetsu (Sense of the season)Comprehensive quiz and overall feedbackWabi-sabi (Simplicity and elegance) Sh？dan Ishiki (Group Consciousness)Iitokodori (Adapting elements of foreign culture) Demo presentation of cultural events in JapanChinmoku (Silence) Kenkyo (modesty)Amae (Dependence) Otogibanashi (folktales)Japanese GardensJapanese ArtsStudents’ Japanese culture events presentations, class discussion, and feedback
Online Course Requirement
The main learning method that will be used in this class will mainly be class discussion. Every student will be expected to read the reading materials before coming to class and be prepared to participate in the discussion. The detailed requirements are announced during the first class.
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