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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Japanese Culture and Society
Module Code JA191
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Ryoko Sasamoto
Semester 2: Ryoko Sasamoto
Autumn: Ryoko Sasamoto
Module TeachersRyoko Sasamoto
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the application of critical thinking to topics in the domain of Japanese culture and society. They will develop their knowledge of essential aspects of Japanese history and contemporary Japanese society, and will acquire knowledge of the importance of cultural values when coming to an understanding of Japanese society. Through participation in classroom discussions, students will deepen their awareness of the differences between Japanese and Irish society. The module will equip students to achieve a fuller understanding of cross-cultural issues in the broadest sense.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe and analyse essential aspects of Japanese history and contemporary Japanese society, with reference to core cultural values.
2. Conduct research into a chosen area of interest on a prescribed Japan-related topic.
3. Show evidence of intercultural awareness in social situations involving Japanese speakers.
4. Describe the most important social and cultural differences between Japan and Ireland.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study101No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Historical development of Japanese culture, demonstrating the extent to which contemporary culture is founded on earlier cultural activity, forms and production. The Japanese awareness of history, in a context of a highly modernised society. The tensions which arise in society from this tension, and applicability of lessons learned from this situation to other countries following a similar developmental path. The status of cultural values in Japanese life, including in business. The derivation of Japanese popular cultural production from traditional cultural forms. Notably, the use of traditional storytelling resources in the creation of anime and films. The debt Japanese literary writers owe to traditional Japanese cultural and social values. The role of literature and art in conserving and promoting Japanese cultural values and in propagating them to a foreign readership and audience.

Audio visual presentations
Audiovisual support materials, including Japanese films and television documentary material, will be used.

Classroom discussions
Classroom discussions in Japanese focusing on themes introduced by lecturers, drawn from the lectures.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Essayn/a100%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Janet E. Hunter: 0, The emergence of Modern Japan, Longman Singapore Publishers,
  • Chanberlain, Basil Hall: 0, Things japanese, Tuttle Publishing, Tokyo,
  • Singer, Kurt. Mirror: 0, Sword and jewel: A Study of Japanese Characteristics,
  • Marchetti, Gina: 0, Romance and the "Yellow Peril", University of California Press,
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Date of Last Revision09-FEB-12

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