JAPN-359 Readings in Political Culture
Spring for 2016-2017
This course will introduce a variety of readings that speak to current issues in modern Japanese political culture. The emphasis will not be on political science, narrowly construed, but on the broader kinds of issues, debates and themes that are prominent in current national Japanese media. Topics may include: the history of the Japanese national flag, the shifting attitudes of Japanese people toward their state, debates over the monarchy, national security, etc. The goal of this course is to prepare the student linguistically and conceptually for independent analysis of current Japanese political and cultural debates. All readings are in modern, standard Japanese, with a primary emphasis on very current sources (last few years), especially from journals published in Japan; the class discussion may be conducted in either English or Japanese, depending the desires and skill-level of the class. Prerequisite: JAPN-212 or equivalent.
Prerequisites: JAPN-212 or equivalent
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