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Humanities and the Human Sciences – Japanese Society and Global Culture

What invisible forces are driving societies and the world ?
How do we build and belong to communities,cultures,nations and the woeld ?
How does the present relate to the past ?
What makes humans human ?

Students taking classes in this concentration will study a wide range of topics and issues that set out to answer these four core questions.

Topics include: migration; the formation of individual and group identities; the creation and maintenance of communities and social networks; new forms of communication and civil action; the development of cultural systems and concepts of nation; the emergence of global youth cultures and global identities; the influence of new media and regional collectives; the breakdown of class systems and new divisions in global society; the influence of technology on individuals and their collectives; the psychological power of visible and invisible borders; the roots of ethnic and religious conflict; the power of symbols in society and everyday life; the construction of the Japanese past and present.

Major Courses for this concentration

  • What Makes Humans Human?
  • Introduction to Japanese History
  • Manga and Anime Studies
  • Japanese Society and Culture
  • Introduction to the Arts
  • Introduction to Media and Communications
  • Introduction to Globalization
  • World Civilizations

● Each course is two credits.
  • Media in Japan
  • Japanese and World Literature
  • World, Youth, and Pop Culture
  • Ethnicity in Japan
  • Japan in the World: Cultural Flows and Diasporas
  • Social Foundations of Language
  • Asian Civilizations
  • Modern Japanese History

● Each course is two credits.
  • Social Foundations of Education
  • Nations and Nationalism
  • Advanced Themes in Anthropology
  • Disaster Studies
  • Social Inequalities in Japan
  • Colonialism and Imperialism
  • Advanced Media Studies
  • Migration and Transnationalism

● Each course is two credits.