Global Society and Gender
J.F. Oberlin University
Area of Study
Taught In English
Host University Units4 - 4
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits0 - 0
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0 - 0
Hours & Credits
Do you want to learn and better understand people who constitute half of the population in Japan? Yes, they are Japanese women. To look at Japan from the women’s standpoint gives you deeper understandings of Japanese history, family, marriage, and human relationships. Japanese women are found to be one of the major topics of interest among the observers and scholars of Japan around the world. Do you know that ancient Japan was probably one of the most gender equal societies in the world? But today, the status of Japanese women, especially in the occupational world, is considerably behind compared with other developed countries and some Asian countries. What happened to the Japanese women and is happening to them now? And how are Japanese women portrayed in the media both domestic and overseas? This course will examine the changing positions of women in Japanese society from ancient times to the present, and analyze the social and cultural factors influencing the life of today’s Japanese women, as well as critical issues and challenges they are facing in 21st century Japan (e.g. the declining birthrate). Furthermore, movies which describe Japanese women in different ways will be shown for discussion (and enjoyment, of course.).
The course will be divided primarily into three parts:
(1) Examination of women’s role and status in Japan throughout its history,
(2) Contemporary Japanese women’s social environment and issues they face in various areas of their life, including socialization, marriage & family, and work,
(3) student’s independent research project on Japanese women. (Any aspect/topic of women in Japan which students take interest in will be developed into a research paper with a close consultation with the instructor.)
The class is inherently comparative: students are encouraged to be reflective of the women’s situations in their own countries.
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.