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.
Message to those taking this Course:
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.