Session Duration 2016

June 24 - July 22, 2016

Credits

4 credits for 2 courses (Required)
Choose 2 courses out of 13 regular courses

1 credit for Japanese language class (Optional)
Choose 1 course out of 3 levels

Professors

  • Prof. Hironori HIGASHIDE, Waseda Business School, Waseda University
  • Prof. Mieko NAKABAYASHI, Center for International Education, Waseda University
  • Prof. Yoshiko NOZAKI, Faculty of International Social Sciences, Gakushuin University
  • Prof. Takano TAKAKO, Center for International Education, Waseda University
  • Prof. Paul B. WATT, Center International Education, Waseda University
  • Prof. Dyron DABNEY, Department of Political Science, Albion College
  • Prof. Parissa HAGHIRIAN, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University
  • Prof. Tai Wei LIM, Senior Lecturer SIM University and Research Fellow Adj East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore
  • Prof. John Willis TRAPHAGAN, Department of Asian Studies, Anthropology, and Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • Prof. Kealoha Lee WIDDOWS, Department of Economics, Wabash College

* Professors list updated on June 6, 2016

Courses Description

Business I
Japanese Business and Management

Prof. Parissa HAGHIRIAN, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University

This introduction course presents Japan as a place of business and provides an overview on the main aspects of Japanese management. It discusses Japanese social and cultural concepts which form the base of the J-Firm and describes the Japanese business environment and consumer markets. Major points of discussion are production management, distribution, human resource and knowledge management within Japanese corporations. Students will investigate the topic in form of interactive discussions, case studies, a field project and a company visit.

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Business II
Underlying Logic of Japanese Business

Prof. Hironori HIGASHIDE, Waseda Business School, Waseda University

The purpose of this course is NOT to describe what Japanese business is. Rather, it focuses on discussing (1) what possible underlying principles leading to the current Japanese business practices are,(2) what pros and cons of these are in the current 'innovative' society, and (3)what changes necessary for Japanese society and/or Japanese companies are suggested by the participants' observation and points of view. For this purpose, some company visits might be arranged.

Topics to be dealt with include entrepreneurship in Japan, long-lasting family businesses, how Japanese perceive and understand themselves, typologies of Japanese culture and so forth. See you there!

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Culture I
Japanese Culture and Society

Prof. John Willis TRAPHAGAN, Department of Asian Studies, Anthropology, and Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin

This course is intended as an introduction to the diversity of culture and lifestyles that exist in Japan. We briefly explore the concept of culture used in anthropology and then move to an application of that concept to the Japanese context. Our aim will be to develop a general understanding of the complexities of the Japanese experience by looking at elements such as kinship and family, internal migration and immigration, political organization, gender, aging and death, education, ethnicity, and identity. One significant aim of the course is to develop a deep understanding of the dramatic demographic change Japan is experiencing and how this is influencing life in rural (and urban) parts of the country. We will combine readings, lectures and critical discussion to think about ways in which the Japanese inhabit and contest cultural frames.

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Culture II
Religion in Japan

Prof. John Willis TRAPHAGAN, Department of Asian Studies, Anthropology, and Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin

This course explores the complex tapestry that is the religious life in Japan, including examination of Shintō and various forms of Buddhism such as Zen, as well as new religions and cults such as Aum Shinrikyō. Japan is often noted for its tendency towards non-exclusive membership in religious sects and the high level of interaction among symbolic and ritual structures characteristic of the different religious traditions to which people belong. Our aim is to develop an understanding of how Japanese experience and enact religious beliefs and practices in their daily lives and to use the Japanese case to think about what actually constitutes religion. We also will devote part of the class to exploring the political significance of State Shintō in the past and the continuing political importance of Shintō in present-day Japan’s relationships with its Asian neighbors. The class will incorporate field trips to local shrines and temples, as well as a trip to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine.

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Culture III
Japanese Popular Culture: Globalization, Cultural production / Consumption and Creative Ecology

Prof. Tai Wei LIM, Senior Lecturer SIM University and Research Fellow Adj East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore

This course is centered round an interdisciplinary area studies (specifically Japanese studies) approach to studying Japanese popular culture. It is divided into three main sections. For its conceptual and theoretical approach, the Japanese studies course employs area studies perspectives in ethnography, globalization studies, historical perspectives and cultural studies to examine the subject matter. In examining the ideas of globalization, the course critically looks at the ethnography and ecology of creative production. In terms of mechanisms of dissemination, it then examines how globalization facilitated the popularity and proliferation of Japanese ACG (Anime, Comics, Games) products.

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Economics I
Encountering Tokyo: A Look at the History, Business, Politics, and Economics of the World’s Most Fascinating City

Prof. Kealoha Lee WIDDOWS, Department of Economics, Wabash College

The primary text for this course is the great city of Tokyo. Largely burned to the ground in World War II, Tokyo rose from the ashes to become the largest metropolitan economy in the world and a global epicenter for finance, business, media, technology, and pop culture. Through a series of readings, moderated discussions, as well as regular class travel to actively engage sites and institutions around the city of Tokyo, we will interrogate Tokyo’s recent history, current economic and political challenges, and the lifestyle of its residents through a multi-disciplinary lens.

Students who complete this course will have a broad understanding of Abenomics including its potential effect on the everyday lives of Tokyo residents; the recent history and complexity of Japanese politics and the prospect for policy reform; the rise and fall of the iconic technology company, Sony and what this may portend for Japanese business; aspects of the daily lives of Tokyoites; and the current employment outlook for the traditional salaryman as well as NEETS – young people Not in Education, Employment, or Training.

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Economics II
The Changing Face of Japanese Retailing

Prof. Kealoha Lee WIDDOWS, Department of Economics, Wabash College

Though long regarded as traditional or even backward by outsiders, Japanese retailing has demonstrated a remarkable ability to adapt to changes in competition, consumer behavior and internationalization during the so called “lost decades”. This course will introduce you to the many facets of Japanese retailing, from opulent department stores to “combinis” to tiny mom-and-pop operations.

We will concentrate on changes in the structure of the retail sector through lectures, readings, case study discussions on Uniqlo and 7-11, and group fieldwork. A final group project on the future of Japanese retailing will allow you the opportunity to apply creatively what you have learned to an aspect of Japanese retailing of particular interest to you.

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History I
The Contemporary History of Heisei Japan - An Area Studies Approach in Examining Historical Transitions in Postwar and Contemporary Japan

Prof. Tai Wei LIM, Senior Lecturer SIM University and Research Fellow Adj East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore

This course introduces class participants to selected issues and developments in contemporary Japan. It studies the crucial debates, challenges and trends that have shaped Japanese history, including developmental history, natural disaster recovery, environmental perspectives, demographics, culture and society. It does not pretend to be comprehensive but utilizes these selected issues to motivate class participants to analyze critically contemporary Japan from eclectic perspectives. Two focused cases studies, the Great East Japan Earthquake recovery as well as the demographic transition in Japan, will be discussed in the course. Embedded in the course are fieldtrips and video presentation for the experiential learning experience.

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Literature & Art I
The Emergence of Modern Japanese Culture: Society, Literature, the Arts, Education, Religion and Soft Power

Prof. Paul B. WATT, Center International Education, Waseda University

→ Professor in charge of this course has changed to Prof. Watt as well as the course description and syllabus contents. Updated on June 6, 2016)

This course in an introduction to major aspects of Japanese culture from the 17th to the 21st centuries. Topics that will be the focus of our study and discussion include: the transformation of the role of the samurai class in the 17th century and the formulation of “The Way of the Warrior,” short stories of the popular novelist Ihara Saikaku (1642-1693), the haiku of Matuso Bashō(1644-1694), the puppet plays of Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725), the Japanese tradition of blending religions, shifts in the visual arts as we move from the 18th to the 19th centuries, Natsume Sōseki’s famous novel Kokoro (1914), and the post-war novel Shayō (The Setting Sun) by Dazai Osamu (1909-1948). Visits to two major Shinto shrines are also included in the course.

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Politics I
Women and Politics in Japan

Prof. Mieko NAKABAYASHI, Center for International Education, Waseda University

This introductory course provides an overview of Japan’s contemporary politics, political system, and society through the eyes of women. When the United Nations launched its Millennium Development Goals in 2000, the program included an overarching gender equality goal that encompassed parity in education, political participation, and economic empowerment. However, the data provided by the Inter-Parliamentary Union shows that women are still greatly underrepresented in Japan – far below average in the world, although the nation is considered to be one of the most advanced democracies in the world. This course aims to familiarize students with the Japanese political system and issues through the lens of gender.

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Politics II
Contemporary Japanese Politics

Prof. Dyron DABNEY, Department of Political Science, Albion College

(Updated on January 15, 2016)

Japan remains a critical democracy among nations in Asia, yet its political history and makeup remain largely unknown to many Westerners.  Students will ascertain a deeper appreciation for the institutional features of Japan that shape their political attitudes and political outcomes.  By the completion of this course students also will comprehend the important domestic socio-political issues of Japan, and will acquire a fundamental understanding of the political history and political development of modern Japan.

This course offers an overview of the political structure and institutional processes of postwar Japan.  The course begins with a historical narrative of Japan’s war and early postwar years, and continues with in-depth, critical inquiries into contemporary government and politics in Japan, including the Japanese decision-making bodies, electoral and party politics.  Within the context of the political institutions, this course surveys Japanese political culture and society. An important objective of the course is to showcase political pluralism and democracy from a Japanese (i.e. non-Western) lens and context.

It is important to stay abreast of the day to day social, economic and political events in Japan available through any number of media sources.  To that end, discussions about current political events will take regularly in class.

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Politics III
Global Issues and Political Controversies in Japan and Asia

Prof. Dyron DABNEY, Department of Political Science, Albion College

(Updated on January 15, 2016)

This course is an introduction to the study of international relations within the context of Asia-Pacific politics and Japanese foreign policy.  Past, present and emerging transnational and transregional issues will be examined by way of public policy action/inaction.  This is an overview of international relations theory, political culture, political institutions and political regimes, especially democratic development, state-to-state and regional conflicts and cooperation, and national identity and nationalism. 

The course is equal parts lecture and discussion.  Critical to extracting the most out of this course is being informed about the day to day social, economic and political news stories in the Asia-Pacific region available through any number of media sources.  To that end, regular in-class discussions on current political events in the Asia-Pacific region will serve to connect the dots to themes and concepts introduced in course. Supplementing in-class instruction will be tours of political and politicized sites, such as the Japan’s National Diet and Yasukuni Shrine, to name a few.

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Sociology I
Japanese Society and Cultural and Educational Diversity: Multi-ethnic Perspectives

Prof. Yoshiko NOZAKI, Faculty of International Social Sciences, Gakushuin University

This course, utilizing “active learning” pedagogies, will examine Japanese society, culture, and education from viewpoints of Japan’s internal diversity in today’s rapidly globalizing and internationalizing world. In particular, students will engage in various learning activities, including team research projects, to understand Japan’s social and cultural diversity through the viewpoints and experiences of ethnic minorities (and women, if possible). In doing so, we will attempt to overcome the stereotype(s) of Japan as a nation that clings to a belief in its own homogeneity and conformity and begin to understand the issue of societal diversity from theoretical perspectives. Guest speaker lecture(s) and field trip(s) will be organized in relation to the course content.

* Home University of Professor Nozaki updated on June 6, 2016

Syllabus

Courses Offered in the Past

2014 2015 

Japanese Language Class

Either one of the following skill-based subject classes can be taken as optional during the Summer Session.

* The numbers after the subject names are associated with the Japanese proficiency level as follows.

the Japanese proficiency level

Course Schedules

schedule table

* Class schedule is subject to change.
* Some filedworks are scheduled on Friday and weekends.

Grading Policies

The student's academic performance is assessed according to four different criteria: class participation, attendance, assignments and exams. Each professor, however, may prefer a different attendance policy, and in such case, students should follow the professor's guidelines. Generally, course performance is graded on the following 100-point scale:

90-100A+
80-89A
70-79B
60-69C
0-59F

Grading is professor's authority and privilege that the Summer Session office cannot interfere with.

Credit System and Transfer

Credit System

As a general rule, students must attend 3 or 4 classes per week as follows:

 MonTueWedThuFri
1st week1234 
2nd week5678 
3rd week9101112 
4th week131415  

Students can earn 2 credits through 1 regular course. Each class is 90 minutes long and held 15 times. This means that it is necessary for students to attend each course for a total of 22.5 hours (1350 minutes (90×15)) to earn 2 credits.

Credit Transfer

Waseda University will issue an official academic transcript for the participants. We will send it to the designated address around the middle of September. Students who wish to transfer the Summer Session program credits are advised to consult with the appropriate academic authorities at their home institutions in advance, whether or not the home institutions are Waseda's exchange partners. The home institution's academic advisors decide whether a particular Waseda Summer Session course may be applied towards the major or elective requirement. Students usually refer to the uploaded syllabus on our Waseda Summer Session website to determine credit transferability to their home institution.

Extracurricular Activity

Field Trips

Visiting students can take a trip with Waseda students to places of cultural and historic interest around Japan. Make new friends and learn more about Japan at the same time! Themed fieldworks, ranging from half-day to longer periods, will also be organized for some classes by the faculty.

Japanese Cultural Week

Experience Japanese culture through different perspectives and activities, such as a tea ceremony or trying on a yukata, with Waseda student clubs.

Visitor Sessions

Visiting students will have opportunities to socialize with Waseda students over discussions on various topics.

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