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1°) Discussion participation and preparation for sessions, that will include a brief review of a subset of the required readings : 30%. 3°) Group ﬁnal project to investigate an issue of interest in contemporary Japan : 30%. 4°) Final in-class examination : 40%. Pedagogical Method : At the end of the course, the student is expected to : 1°) Understand the main characteristics of contemporary Japanese society, and how these inter-relate and have co-evolved based on a multidisciplinary approach grounded in social anthropology. 2°) Deﬁne and apply basic terms and concepts central to social anthropology, and relate these to ethnographic evidence. 3°) Use both primary and secondary sources to analyse Japanese society through application of diverse methods. 4°) Communicate effectively about social issues in Japan, by applying the main concepts and referencing ethnographic evidence. Course Description : This course provides an introduction to contemporary Japanese society and culture. So as to understand issues faced by Japanese society today, we will focus on the postbubble period (from the early 1990s to present) and key features of Japanese post-war development. We start through a focus on work and family, grounded in an understanding of every-day practices in employment (e.g. salarymen, freeters), domestic roles (e.g. sengyō shufu), marriage, dating (e.g. grass-eating boys) and fertility, so as to understand the emergence and prevalence of broad social patterns as well as the experience of those at the margin of society (e.g. immigrants). We then place this understanding of Japanese people's life in the broader social, cultural and political context. Speciﬁcally, we consider the educational system, religious norms and practices, social welfare policy, super-ageing of society, and midfullness and well-being. We close off by reﬂecting and contrasting ﬁrst the recurrent theme within Japanese social discourse of what makes Japan unique, Nihonjinron, and then on the recent spread of Japanese culture globally, such as the increasing popularty of sushi and the promotion of 'Cool Japan'.
Required reading : Rebick, Marcus. 2005. The Japanese Employment System : Adapting to a New Economic Environment. Oxford University Press. Chapter 2 'The Japanese Employment System' :13-36.
INTRODUCTION TO LIBERAL THINKING
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Gaspard KOENIG. Prerequisite : Basic notions in the history of political thought (North American and European) ; Pedagogical Format : Elective Course validation : - Tests on the reading materials /10 ; - Each student will be requested to produce a ﬁnal essay (min 2,500 words) on a subject of his/her choice reﬂecting the course, to be discussed and deﬁned beforehand with the teacher. /10 ; Course Description : The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the classical liberal school of thought as well as to provide them with the analytical tools necessary to interpret contemporary events with some philosophical hindsight. The course will start with a general introduction to Liberalism, a complex and centuries-old political philosophy. Each session will then address a philosophical notion through a text (max 30 pages) introduced by the teacher and commented by the group. Classroom debates and short videos will be used to relate philosophical notions to today's political, economic and social issues. Required reading : to be deﬁned.
INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA AND DESIGN THEORY
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Claire RICHARD (Formatrice). Pedagogical Format : Elective Course Description : Design and Media can both be approached as methods of knowledge, technol357