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GLS 199 - Japan: The Changing Tradition

Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: General
Focuses on the history and changing cultural traditions of Japan’s modern era and the brief period during which Japan has developed its own distinctive urbanized, industrialized and democratic society.
Competencies
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the geography of Japan
    1. Identify the location of Japan
    2. List the major islands that make up Japan
    3. Describe the physical features of the islands
    4. Describe the population characteristics of Japan
    5. Describe the origins of the people of Japan
    6. Describe the Japanese economy
    7. List the major ethnic groups in Japan
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural influences on Japan
    1. Describe the Shinto religion
    2. Describe the influence of Confucianism on Japan
    3. Describe the influence of Buddhism on Japan
    4. List the three writing systems used in Japan
    5. Describe the origins of the three writing systems in Japan
    6. Discuss the influence of geography on the Japanese culture 
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the major art forms in Japan.
    1. Describe tradition Japanese painting
    2. Describe Japanese calligraphy
    3. Describe ikebana
    4. Describe Kabuki
    5. Describe No theater
    6. Identify Japanese musical instruments
    7. Discuss major literary themes
    8. Discuss a major Japanese film
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of Japanese history
    1. Discuss the lifestyle of the Ainu
    2. Discuss the major features of the Heian period
    3. Discuss pre Tokugawa feudalism
    4. Discuss the influence of the Portuguese
    5. Discuss the Tokugawa Shogunate
    6. Discuss the Meigi restoration
    7. Discuss the consequences of early American contact
    8. Describe the early twentieth century in Japan
    9. Discuss the events during WW II.
    10. Describe American influences following WW II.
    11. Describe Japan’s drive toward technological maturity
    12. Describe conditions in modern Japan
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of modern Japanese institutions
    1. Describe the modern Japanese family
    2. Describe Japanese education
    3. Describe Japanese politics
    4. Describe the role of religion in Japan
    5. Describe the Japanese economy.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of Japanese business organization
    1. Discuss the influence of W. Edwards Deming
    2. Describe Japan’s global economic strategy
    3. Discuss the role of Japanese government in promoting Japanese business interests
    4. Contrast Japanese and American business practices
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural differences that influence Japa­nese and American relations
    1. Discuss differences in communication patterns
    2. Contrast Japan’s group orientation with American individualism.
    3. Contrast hierarchy with egalitarianism
    4. Contrast high and low context communications
    5. Contrast Japanese and American value orientations
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of Japanese social control
    1. Describe Japanese child rearing
    2. Describe peer group pressures in Japan
    3. Discuss the role of education in social control
    4. Describe differences in Japanese and American crime rates
    5. Describe Japanese law enforcement
    6. Describe the Japanese corrections system



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