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This subject aims to prepare students for more specialised studies in Japanese society and culture. The subject offers interdisciplinary views of the political, economic, religious and cultural ideologies which foster inequality between different social groups in Japan. Students should become aware of the heterogeneous aspects of Japanese society, as well as the public and private institutions that deal with these issues, such as ethnicity, caste and disability. The subject will also include an examination of the relevant institutions (such as the family registry system, employment protection laws and social welfare programs) which promote or attack prejudice against heterogeneous social groups.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
be able to demonstrate an understanding of the heterogenous aspects of Japanese society;
understand the political, economic and social ideologies which foster inequality between different social groups in Japan;
be able to present one's knowledge and ideas clearly and effectively in writing;
acquire skills to critically think and analyse social issues through required readings, research, essay writing and class discussions and
be able to communicate one's knowledge and ideas clearly and effectively through tutorial discussions and group presentations.
Last updated: 3 October 2023