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.