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Chizuko Tezuka

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Sub Title:

Conflict Management

Course Description:

This course is designed to explore how Japanese manage interpersonal conflict both among themselves as well as in interaction with foreigners, and its implications for Japanese society which is becoming more multicultural in this accelerated globalization age. Though a Western notion of conflict claims that conflict is inevitable yet not necessarily bad, the Japanese society has been described to believe in its selfimage as a conflict-free society and to abhor and avoid interpersonal conflicts as any cost. With this apparent contrast in mind, students will learn characteristics of Japanese conflict management strategies, their cultural and social psychological background, and the challenges for both Japanese and foreigners in trying to creatively deal with intercultural conflicts. And students will be asked to take some psychological measures related to conflict for self-understanding.

Classes: 13
One 90-minute class per week

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