Course Content and Outcome Guide for JPN 261B

Course Number:
JPN 261B
Course Title:
Japanese Culture
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Course Description

Japanese Culture through Film. Increase understanding of Japanese traditional and modern culture and society through analysis of cultural, historical and social issues presented in five Japanese films. May explore concepts such as self- identity, Japanese views of the West, gender roles, youth and social issues, social groups, social events, perspectives on death, organized crime. Course conducted in English. Japanese films will be subtitled in English. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Communicate effectively an understanding of Japanese culture, both contemporary and traditional by respectfully recognizing similarities and differences as compared to own and other cultures in regard to cultural aspects such as gender roles, youth, social groups, self-identity and organized crime.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Active participation in small group discussions
  • Active participation in inter-active class discussions
  • Conceptual written tasks to assess understanding of cultural and social themes in readings and films
  • Individual and group presentations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The following themes will be explored in the course:

Japanese youth and social issues
Japanese female and male gender roles
Ethnics, social groups and conflict in Japan
Japan€™s self-identity and Asia
Japanese views of the West
Japanese music
Cultural perspectives on death and treatment of the dead and other social events
Organized crime in Japan

Competencies and Skills:

Recognizes cultural and humanistic issues through comparisons, contrast, reading and discussions
Demonstrates understanding of relevant cultural and social issues in contemporary Japanese society
Increased critical thinking skills
Small group collaboration
Speaking and listening reflectively
Critical analysis of cultural issues in films
Gains opportunities to develop empathy, compassion and respect.