JAPN4023

“Nihonjinron”: The question of Japanese uniqueness

Credits:

Period:

Assessment:

6

2nd semester

100% coursework

Prerequisite:

JAPN4088. Japanese language IV (Part 1) or JAPN4099. Japanese language IV (Part 2): Capstone experience; OR

Co-requisite:

JAPN4088. Japanese language IV (Part 1) or JAPN4099. Japanese language IV (Part 2): Capstone experience

Description

Japanese-medium elective


This Japanese-medium content course looks at major influential “Nihonjinron” texts written in the post-war era. The term “Nihonjinron” refers to a genre of texts which discuss unique features of Japanese society and people and have been written by authors of various fields. Students will be expected to read a selection of key texts in their Japanese-language version in depth and examine them critically. The historical background of each text will be discussed thoroughly to provide students with critical perspectives on these texts.

Professor:

Mito, Atsuko

Mito, Atsuko

Lecturer