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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Perspectives on Japanese Culture
Module Code JA421
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Lijie Shao
Semester 2: Lijie Shao
Autumn: Lijie Shao
Module TeachersRyoko Sasamoto
Lijie Shao
Sakiko Pawlak
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The purpose of this module is to enable students to critically examine images and stereotypes of Japan appearing in foreign media and literature. The module will equip students to interrogate literary and audio-visual pieces to achieve a deeper understanding both of Japan and of foreign stereotypes of Japan. Students will report their findings in the written and presentation format. The module will provide a foundation for students to develop their interests more fully in subsequent work.

Learning Outcomes

1. To demonstrate an ability to identify and investigate topical issues in contemporary Japanese Society relevant to the area of own expertis
2. To demonstrate an ability to evaluate how these issues are portrayed in Japanese and Western media.
3. To demonstrate an ability to lead and contribute to an advanced discussion on the topic in the target language
4. To demonstrate research capabilities in the topic in the target language.
5. To demonstrate sustained engagement

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22Synchronous sessions
Directed learning15Homework, completion of worksheets
Portfolio Preparation68Portfolio (Voice-Thread or in-class presentation, poster, short essay)
Assignment Completion20Weekly Reflective Journal
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study101No Description
Total Workload: 250

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

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
The module introduces contemporary topics about Japanese culture and society (e.g., Japanese culinary culture, work culture, gender, Manga) through both Japanese and international perspectives. Students are expected to analyze relevant texts, work on a range of group/ individual activities to deepen their understanding, exchange and form ideas in discussions, conduct further research, and present their findings. Assessment is 100% continuous assessment.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reflective journaln/a25%n/a
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

  • Yoshio Sugimoto: 1997, An Introduction to Japanese Society, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England,
  • R. Mouer and Y. Sugimoto: 1980, Images of Japanese Society, Kegan Paul,
  • P.Dale: 1988, The Myth of Japanese Uniqueness,
  • Buruma Ian: 1984, A Japanese Mirror: Heroes and Villains of Japanese Culture, Jonathan Cape, London,
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Date of Last Revision28-SEP-11

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