This module provides a practical skill base for further studies of Japan, derived from a focus on the anthropology of contemporary Japan. Students will engage in classroom discussion, review a recent ethnography, and research and write a major research paper on a topic relating to Japan. Students will have some freedom to choose the topic.
Students learn critical reading and research skills, organizational skills, pre-writing and writing techniques, and editing skills. Students are taught ways to summarize scholarship and look for gaps in scholarly discussions. Students frequently present on the status of their project both in writing and verbally. Students take part in a peer review exercise at the end of the semester, reading the work of 2-3 others and providing constructive feedback. The module meets once a week in a seminar setting (2.5 hours), with some weeks spent instead in individual consultation with the lecturer (15-20 minutes each).
Ideally, students have already taken JS1101E/GEK1002 Introduction to Japanese Studies.