Aims/Description: This unit aims to increase students' knowledge and understanding of Japanese society through the study of contemporary issues in a number of topics, such as politics, education, the role and status of women, business and the economy, race and identity, and the media. Through the study of the Unit materials, students develop their critical awareness of inadequacies in some of the mainstream narratives of contemporary Japanese society. The units will be delivered by distance learning methods in the form of self-study materials and will be supplemented by online tutoring and face to face teaching/seminars during residentials. It will be assessed by essays.

Staff Contact: Ms Alison Churchill, School of East Asian Studies
Teaching Methods: Self Study Text Materials, Seminars, E-mail Interaction with tutor/online discussion with Tutor and Fellow Students
Assessment: Essays
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