This course is designed to reconsider comprehensively the concept of ‘Amae’ which was first introduced as a key concept for understanding Japanese psychology by Dr. Doi, as the Japanese society itself has undergone a considerable change under the influence of the globalization since then, and because there has been the accumulated theoretical, speculative or empirical research including cross cultural one which shows the existence of Amae outside of Japan. Therefore, this course will explore answers to the following questions: 1) is Amae still a key concept for understanding Japanese psychology ?, 2) how the expression and satisfaction of Amae needs is transformed in contemporary Japan, 3) to what extent and in what form Amae is found among people across cultures, and 4) what kind of challenges and/or benefits this Japanese concept can give to those people who do not find the exact equivalent in their mother tongues.
Messages to those students taking this courese:
Students who are willing to participate actively in class are most welcome. Students are strongly encouraged to engage actively in pair work, a
small group discussion and class discussion. Students are expected to complete reading assignment before coming to class.
To be based on the combination of reports, attendance, and participation