The ultimate goal of this course is to become capable as much as possible of seeing the world through the eyes of a place-based population, in this case, the Japanese (of course, they are far from a homogenous group of people, as we will learn, and we must question how “the Japanese” themselves are defined). That is to say your task is to understand others as if you would understand yourselves. This is a challenging, but crucial goal if we are to live and coexist in the increasingly interconnected world.This focuses on a number of key social and cultural issues that characterize modern and contemporary Japan, although you will also learn some historical background of the country and the people as they help us to understand the present. In this course, you will carry out an intensive research project.
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