This course introduces students to ‘multiethnic Japan’. Although Japanese society is often portrayed as ethnically homogeneous, its members include diverse groups of people such as the Ainu, Okinawans, zainichi Koreans, and various ‘newcomer’ foreign residents. In this course, students will learn about minority groups in Japan and their relations with the majority ‘Japanese’ population. The goal of this course is to acquire basic knowledge and analytic tools to discuss issues concerning ethnic relations in Japan and elsewhere.
Message to Those Taking This Course:
The class is conducted entirely in English. Much of class activity is devoted to oral presentations and discussion. Students are expected to
read the assigned materials beforehand and to participate actively in the class.
Evaluation will be based on participation in classroom discussion (20%), presentations (20%), and reading/writing assignments including a short essay and a term paper of 1,800+words (60%).