Course code Soci1050
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 2 30 48
E-courses Soci1050: Japanese Society I
Course annotation
The aim of this course is to get a better understanding of different aspects of contemporary Japanese society.
Course responsible lecturer Jānis Priede
At the end of the course it is expected that students get a better understanding of different aspects of Japanese society, are able to research, analyze and judge variform phenomena in Japanese society, and take decisions based on this knowledge. Students will obtain skills to give clear presentations and talk about various questions of Japanese society giving multiple examples.
Course plan
L1.2. Introduction to Japanese society. 2 lect.
S1,2. Japanese psychology and behaviour - analysis of specific phenomena: amae, uchi and soto, omote and ura, their importance in understanding Japanese society. 2 sem.
S3,4.Group psychology - it's strong and weak points. 2 sem.
S5. Regional differences in contemporary Japan. 1 sem.
S6. Minorities in Japan. 1sem.
S7,8. Family in contemporary Japan.2 sem.
S9. Women in Japan: Traditions and emancipation. 1 sem.
S10,11. The system of education and work in Japan: structure and problems. 2 sem.
S12. The influence of economy on Japanese contemporary society.1 sem.
S13. The structure of Japanese government, the role of bureucrats. 1sem.
S14. Political parties and elections in Japan.1sem.
S15. Mass media in Japan: radio, TV, press.1 sem.
S16. Contemporary Japanese music and stage art.1 sem.
S17,18. The role of traditions in nowadays Japan. 2 sem.
S19,20. Ageing society. 2 sem.
S21,22. The depiction of the problems of society in contemporary Japanese literature. 2 sem.
S23,24. Environmental protection and ecological problems in Japan. 2 sem.
S25,26. The influence of technology on contemporary Japanese society. 2 sem.
S27,28.Japanese popular culture. 2 sem.
S29,30.Religions in contemporary Japan. 2 sem.

Requirements for obtaining credit points
Active participation in seminars 60%, written exam at the end of semester 40%.
Study programmes Asian Studies