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JAPA342 Understanding Japanese Culture

An introduction to traditional and contemporary Japanese culture and society.

Get to know the traditional roots of modern Japanese culture - from anime to Zen. All lectures and readings are offered in English; texts in Japanese are optional.

Note: This paper is also offered as JAPA 342; the content of the paper is the same for both JAPA 242 and JAPA 342, but assessment is differentiated between the two levels: students taking this paper at the more advanced level are asked to produce a longer research essay (3,000 rather than 2,000 words).

Paper title Understanding Japanese Culture
Paper code JAPA342
Subject Japanese
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
JAPA 243 or JAPA 244 or JAPA 245
Restriction
JAPA 242, JAPA 221
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
This paper is offered in English; texts in Japanese are optional.
Eligibility
Suitable for students specialising in any discipline. This paper is taught in English. No knowledge of the Japanese language is required.
Contact
languages@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Roy Starrs
Paper Structure
Taking a historical and multi-disciplinary approach, JAPA 242/342 aims to achieve an in-depth understanding of traditional Japanese culture by critical analysis of its roots: the ancient religious, literary, artistic, social and political traditions that influence the way Japanese people think and live today. Whereas our other major culture paper, JAPA 243/343, Issues in Japanese Culture Today, focuses almost exclusively on contemporary Japanese culture, JAPA 242/342 will focus more on the traditional culture, but always with an eye on how the past continues to live in the present.
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures and seminar-style discussions.
Textbooks
The course readings on Japanese culture will be made available on the course BB (Blackboard) site.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By reading the texts, participating in lectures and seminar-style discussions and completing the required assignments, students will gain:
  • An in-depth understanding of traditional Japanese culture by critical analysis of its roots: its ancient religious, literary, artistic, social and political traditions
  • An in-depth understanding of the many respects in which this traditional Japanese culture continues to influence the way Japanese people think and live today
  • A capacity for research on and critical analysis of traditional Japanese culture.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 9-15, 18-22
Wednesday 15:00-15:50 9-15, 17-22
Thursday 15:00-15:50 9-15, 17-22

An introduction to traditional and contemporary Japanese culture and society.

Get to know the traditional roots of modern Japanese culture - from anime to Zen. All lectures and readings are offered in English; texts in Japanese are optional.

Note: This paper is also offered as JAPA 342; the content of the paper is the same for both JAPA 242 and JAPA 342, but assessment is differentiated between the two levels: students taking this paper at the more advanced level are asked to produce a longer research essay (3,000 rather than 2,000 words).

Paper title Understanding Japanese Culture
Paper code JAPA342
Subject Japanese
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 200-level JAPA points
Restriction
JAPA 242, JAPA 221
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
This paper is offered in English; texts in Japanese are optional.
Eligibility
Suitable for students specialising in any discipline. This paper is taught in English. No knowledge of the Japanese language is required.
Contact
languages@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Roy Starrs
Paper Structure
Taking a historical and multi-disciplinary approach, JAPA 242/342 aims to achieve an in-depth understanding of traditional Japanese culture by critical analysis of its roots: the ancient religious, literary, artistic, social and political traditions that influence the way Japanese people think and live today. Whereas our other major culture paper, JAPA 243/343, Issues in Japanese Culture Today, focuses almost exclusively on contemporary Japanese culture, JAPA 242/342 will focus more on the traditional culture, but always with an eye on how the past continues to live in the present.
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures and seminar-style discussions.
Textbooks
The course readings on Japanese culture will be made available on the course BB (Blackboard) site.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By reading the texts, participating in lectures and seminar-style discussions and completing the required assignments, students will gain:
  • An in-depth understanding of traditional Japanese culture by critical analysis of its roots: its ancient religious, literary, artistic, social and political traditions
  • An in-depth understanding of the many respects in which this traditional Japanese culture continues to influence the way Japanese people think and live today
  • A capacity for research on and critical analysis of traditional Japanese culture.

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard