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Spring Term

Week 1

• Course Introduction/Guidance

Week 2

• Manners and Etiquette

— Which Japanese customs and rules of etiquette do foreigners find strange?

Week 3

• Manners and Etiquette (continued)

— Comparing and Contrasting Everyday Etiquette

Week 4

•  Manners and Etiquette (continued)

— Comparing and Contrasting Business Etiquette

Week 5

• Politics and Government

— The American Political System

Week 6

• Politics and Government (continued)

— The Japanese Political System

Week 7

• Politics and Government (continued)

— Comparing and Contrasting the U.S. and Japanese political systems

Week 8

• Crime and Punishment

— Pros and Cons of the Death Penalty

Week 9

• Crime and Punishment (continued)

— The Jury System (12 Angry Men)

Week 10

• Crime and Punishment (continued)

— Comparison between Japan’s Lay Judge System and America’s Jury System

Week 11

• Religion and Philosophy

— Christianity 101

Week 12

• Religion and Philosophy (continued)

— Buddhism, Confucianism, and Shinto

Week 13

• Preparation for Final Presentations

— Selection of topics, group members, planning, research, script

Week 14 & 15

• Final Presentations; Class Q & A

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Fall Term

Week 16

• Fall Term Introduction/Guidance

Week 17

• The Roles of Men and Women in Society

— A Woman’s Place is in the Home?

Week 18

• The Roles of Men and Women in Society (continued)

— Mr. Mom?

Week 19

• The Roles of Men and Women in Society (continued)

— LGBT Rights: What Lies Ahead?

Week 20

• Love, Marriage, and Divorce

— Western Notions of Romantic Love & Love in Modern-Day Japan

Week 21

• Love, Marriage, and Divorce (continued)

— Western Notions of Romantic Love & Love in Modern-Day Japan (continued)

Week 22

• Love, Marriage, and Divorce

— Getting Divorced in Japan

Week 23

• The Homogeneous vs. the Multicultural Society

— A Homogeneous Japan?

Week 24

• The Homogeneous vs. the Multicultural Society (continued)

— A Homogeneous Japan? (continued)

Week 25

• The Homogeneous vs. the Multicultural Society (continued)

— The American “Melting Pot”

Week 26

• The Freedom of the Individual vs. the Harmony of the Group

—  How Free is Free?

Week 27

• The Freedom of the Individual vs. the Harmony of the Group (continued)

— The Greater Good?

Week 28

• Preparation for Final Presentations

— Selection of topics, group members, planning, research, script

Week 29 & 30

• Final Presentations; Class Q & A

 

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