GRADUATE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCESASIAN STUDIES


ASN 509


This is an independent study module that aims to enable students to gain a critical understanding of the socio-cultural processes underpinning the emergence of Japan as a major global industrial power in the second half of the twentieth century, as well as an appreciation of the dynamics of contemporary twenty-first century Japanese society. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the course draws attention to the complex interplay between discourses, institutions and practices of work, family, and narratives of national identity in the day-to-day dynamics of Japan society. These issues are examined both with reference to domestic Japanes society and in relation to broader regional and transnational contexts.