TOK3 - Japan in Today’s World
7 July – 15 July 2016
Hosted by the University of Tokyo
This course will give an overview of modern Japan with emphasis on the works of the political system, including political parties, civil service, elections, and foreign relations with China, US, Korea, as well as Japan’s role in international political economy.
Along with those introductory classes, we will hold two workshops, one on Risk Management and another on Territorial Disputes and Nationalism, where participants are encouraged to make contributions in the discussion with invited specialists. There will be no field trips, but we expect the workshops to offer a different kind of excitement.
All classes will start with an introductory lecture from the instructors, each of whom are specialists from The University of Tokyo in the respective fields, which will then be followed by discussion and interactive instructions. All classes will be held in the late afternoon of each day. The credit equivalent will be two credits for a semester-length program.
The course coordinators would like to tailor the course to the participants’ interest. Nominees shortlisted will be requested to provide a list of ten questions about Japan that they wish to learn about during this course. This list should be included in “6.Statement of Purpose” of the application form.
A one-day trip with students of other IARU GSP TOK courses will be scheduled out of the course.
Target Audience/ Prerequisites
Bachelor students, Master students and PhD students.
The course is open to anybody who has strong curiosity and the will to acquire new knowledge.
This program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who share strong curiosity in Japanese society. No specific background on Japan studies or political science is required, but participants must be prepared to complete assigned readings that are provided prior to the course.
Lecture, discussions and interactive instructions.
As an introductory course, you cannot expect to receive in-depth analysis of Japanese society. Our purpose is otherwise; to stimulate your intellectual curiosity toward Japanese society and politics, an intellectual appetite which may lead you to further studies in this field.
Final examination at the end of the program.
Credit equivalent at host university & Contact hours
Approx. 21 total contact hours (105 minutes x 12 classrooms)
Participants are requested to go through the designated reading materials, as well as to prepare for the presentation as noted in the syllabus.
Lecturer(s) / Tutor(s)
Professor Kiichi Fujiwara
Hotel Kizankan (5 minutes from Hongo Campus on foot): http://kizankan.co.jp/english/
Students must arrive by July 6.
Check-in is possible from July 6.
Check-out date July 16.
You may extend your stay depending on room availability of the hotel.
Figures are estimates only, costs are subject to changes and successful applicants will be informed.
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Tuition FeesJPY 29,600
AccommodationJPY 73,000 (does not include meals and other costs). Breakfast is optional and available for an additional JPY 1,080.
Living ExpensesApproximately JPY 3,000 per day
For Students from U.C. Berkeley and Yale UniversityFriends of UTokyo, Inc., a not-for-profit charitable organization in the State of New York, plans to provide summer scholarships to students at U.C. Berkeley and Yale University. For more details, please visit a following website: http://www.friendsofutokyo.org/grants-and-awards/
Required and/or Recommended Insurance(s)
All participants in the IARU Global Summer Program at the University of Tokyo are strongly advised to purchase adequate health and travel insurance before leaving their home university, and to be insured throughout their time in Japan.
Further Required Application Material
A list of ten questions about Japan that you wish to learn about during this course should be included in “6.Statement of Purpose” of the application form.
You can find pictures and comments from 2015 TOK participant and frequently asked questions with answers on the following website: http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/prospective-students/iaru.html