Comparative Society

J.F. Oberlin University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Comparative Society

  • Host University

    J.F. Oberlin University

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Asian Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    4 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    0 - 0
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0 - 0
  • Overview

    This course will introduce students to the Japanese experience of modernity expressed in personal narratives. These narratives, i.e. memoirs, autobiographies, letters, diaries, personal essays and interviews, provide unique ways of understanding modern Japan. As stories, they are a powerful medium bringing together the historical, political, social, cultural, philosophical and personal aspects of history in a complex, but easily accessible, manner. The readings will focus on Japan’s drastic change from a traditional society into a highly industrialized and postmodern nation through themes such as sociopolitical transformation, urbanization, cultural borrowing and preservation, gendered experiences, social inclusion and marginalization and pursuit of change.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.