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Andrea G. Arai
SISEA 575
Seattle Campus

Seminar on Japanese Society

Interdisciplinary seminar with class-led discussions on readings from anthropology, history, sociology, and nondiscipline-specific articles on Japanese society. Prerequisite: background on Japan. Not open to students who have taken SISEA 475.

Class description

The course focuses on the social transformations of the postWWII period of the economic miracle through the recession of the 1990s and the emerging social forms of the present. One of the main themes of the course will be changing notions of (and conflicts over) identity and difference. We will be exploring these notions and struggles through readings, films, speakers, lecture, discussion and individual and group projects on: education and youth, the family, work, technology and consumer society, gender roles, crime and security, popular culture and militarization.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion Use of online discussion board in between class sessions to further discussion and research

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Students in SISEA 575 will participate fully in SISEA 475, including weekly response writing assignments posted to the course online discussion board, small group presentations on a reading of choice, midterm exam and final research project. In addition to this, SISEA 575 students will attend and prepare for a graduate section meeting once a week that will include: graduate level readings, discussion of readings, and development of individual graduate-level research projects.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Andrea G. Arai
Date: 01/05/2008