Please Note:

Elective courses are subject to change.

Fall of 2014

  • Japanese Politics
    In this course, we will do three things. First, we will survey the institutions and groups that shape Japanese politics and policy making. Emphasis will be placed on the structure and process of the policy making arena, the constraints that decision makers face, and the authority that they possess. Throughout, reference will be made to similarities and differences -- and the implications thereof - - between the “rules of the game” in Japan and in other industrial democracies. Second, we will discuss the current tumult in Japanese politics especially in 2009 and 2012, and explore its causes and likely consequences in light of what we have learned about government and politics in Japan. Third, we will look at policy challenges that have been at the center of political science and economics debates concerning Japan.
    Instructor  Masahiko Asano
    4 TIU Credits

  • Introduction to Community in Japan
    What does community/neighborhood mean in Japan? This course will introduce a wide variety of topics on community building efforts and community-based problem solving in Japan. A large number of neighborhoods in Japan have experienced various issues, such as urbanization, aging, depopulation, natural disasters, and so on. In this course, we will explore various strategies employed for overcoming these challenges, and consider what makes neighborhoods vibrant, inclusive, and healthy. The topics also include activities of organizations and community-based elder care in Japan. The course uses a seminar format. Students are expected to participate in class discussions on articles and a variety of visual materials, such as videos and photos, seen in class. No prerequisite.
    Instructor  Chiharu Yunoue,Ph.D.
    4 TIU Credits

  • Japanese Literature
    The main purpose of this course is to gain a general familiarity with the major genres and works of classical Japanese literature, particularly the works of the classical (Heian) and medieval (Kamakura) periods. Classes will consist of a combination of lectures and discussions based on assigned readings. We will focus on life and culture in the Heian and Kamakura periods, and the literature they produced. We will cover a variety of works and genres in order to give students a broad overview of some of the most important works of Japanese literature.
    Instructor  Scott Spears
    4 TIU Credits

  • Youth Culture in Contemporary Japan
    This class will explore various aspects of youth culture found in contemporary Japan. An overview of Japanese cultural traits, values, and behavioral patterns will establish a base to explore and analyze social issues present in contemporary Japan. Some of the topics to be covered: the education system in Japan, delinquency, acute social withdrawal syndrome (hikikomori), unemployed youth (NEETs), corporal punishment, herbivorous men, suicide, and Japanese pop culture.
    Instructor  Tracy Koide
    4 TIU Credits

Spring of 2015

  • Japanese Multinational Corporations
    The major aims of this course are to prepare and develop students for a career in International Business Management with focus on Japan as well as to study strategic management of multinational corporations (MNCs) and the changing global environmental forces, structures, and institutions which impact on and influence the operation of the MNCs, with particular emphasis on Japanese Multinationals.
    Instructor  To Be Announced
    4 TIU Credits

  • Japanese Society
    This course will offer an introduction to some of the key social institutions (families, schools, workplaces, etc.) in contemporary Japan, in light of recent and ongoing demographic and structural changes in Japanese society and political economy. Furthermore, we will also analyze mass media reports vis-à-vis rigorous scholarship to consider how empirical reality can be “spun” by the mass media to further a particular argument or contribute to the production and dissemination of particular discourses or stereotypes.
    Instructor  BLACKWOOD Thomas
    4 TIU Credits

  • Japanese Industrial and Business Development
    This course analyzes the development of the Japanese industrial and business systems from the Meiji Restoration (1868) to the present, focusing on diverse factors that have directly contributed to the development of Japanese industry and business practices. Relying on the analytical framework of institutional economics, I shall inquire how these systems historically coped with problems and transformed themselves to be more efficient and effective in order to strengthen or preserve international competitiveness. Focused are such factors as industrial organization, government business relations, trading firms, distribution systems, management systems, and industrial relations.
    Instructor OKADA Yoshitaka
    4 TIU Credits

  • Social Businesses in Japan
    Social businesses are businesses that provide products and services with social, ethical, and/or environmental objectives. This course will examine the theory and practice of social businesses using Japanese businesses as case studies. Japanese consumers' responses to social businesses and their products/services will also be explored. Prior knowledge of the subject is not required.
    Instructor  STANISLAWSKI Sumire
    4 TIU Credits

  • Contemporary Social Issues in Japan- Joint Class with TIU / E-Track Students
    This is a JSP / E-Track / TIU joint class particularly designed to promote intercultural awareness by taking advantage of the unique situation on this campus. It should give you an intriguing opportunity to observe certain delicate social incidents taking place in contemporary Japanese society particularly on the issues relating to family and education. In the course we will also explore and question what 'Japaneseness' is all about from sociological viewpoints. By using Japan as a mirror to study the self, TIU students will be able to reconfirm their national and ethnic identity, while JSP / E-Track students should perceive how their 'foreignness' is portrayed in this homogeneous society, leading you to reflect more of the positive values taken for granted in your own country.
    Instructor IWASAKI Akio
    2TIU Credits

  • Community Development:Current Topics in Japan
    We have a long tradition of valuing place-based communities and face-to-face relationships in Japan.  It is considered that neighborhoods function to maintain resilient and healthy lives of citizens in the super aging society.  People in Japan recognized the importance of mutual help in communities especially after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.  This course will examine the current topics on community vitalizing practices with citizen participation in many places to overcome a variety of issues.  It also explores interesting life styles and traditions in both urban and rural communities throughout Japan.  The course uses seminar format. Students are expected to participate in class discussions on articles, a variety of visual materials, such as videos and photos, and student presentation.  No prerequisite.
    Instructor YUNOUE Chiharu
    4 TIU Credits

Fall of 2015/To Be Announced