20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The module aims at deepening students' understanding of contemporary Japanese society in its complexity and diversity. This will be done by introducing, describing and analysing crucial socio-economic and political phenomena which have had a bearing on shaping post-war Japanese society. By the end of the module students will be able to 1) demonstrate knowledge of the major themes which have dominated modern Japanese life; namely, war and peace; economism, economic growth and stagnation; and ethnicity and identity; 2) apply conceptual tools to analyse social institutions and patterns of behaviour, on the micro-level, as well as the major socio­political changes and trends, on the macro-level ; 3) Demonstrate appropriate cognitive, communicative and transferable skills, including the ability to evaluate social science concepts and theories; 4) Employ primary and secondary sources to present reasoned and effective arguments in written and oral form ; 5) Make individual presentations or as part of group work ; 6) Pursue independent Learning ; and 7) show critical judgement.

Staff Contact: Mark Pendleton
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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