Andrea G. Arai
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(For JSIS 584C, see below) JSIS 584B "Education and the Family in Japan" This course focuses on the social, cultural and historical importance of education and the family in modern Japan. We will pay special attention to influences on, connections between and changes in both. We will also explore the differences between urban and rural, middle and working class education and families. Topics include: education and modernity, cram schools, schooling problems, minority education; the nuclear family, marriage, low-birth society and more.
JSIS 584C "Spaces of Possibility" Graduate Seminar "Spaces of Possibility" is a new graduate seminar designed to aid students in formulating new research projects, or extending existing ones, on the social and cultural conditions in Japan and Korea at the end of the twentieth and early 21st centuries. The course will encourage projects that are cross-national, comparative and collaborative. The seminar is divided into three sections: Intertwined Contexts of Colonial Modernity and Postwar Modernization in Japan and Korea; Collaborative Fieldwork Projects: Spaces of the Colonial Present(s) and Regional Identities, Economic Inequalities and Performance. One of the goals of this seminar is to demonstrate how collaborative work opens up new “spaces of possibility” for understandings of the past, present and the past in the present, beyond what is possible in a single country project or course.
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