The Enigma of Japanese Power (ASNS2636)

UNIT OF STUDY

The usual but contradictory descriptions of Japanese society (hierarchical but egalitarian, adaptable but conservative and traditional, consensual but authoritarian, etc.) show that "power" - manifest or hidden in decision making, consensus building, conflict resolution or avoidance - is the enigma of Japan. We will focus on power relationships in politics, administration, enterprises, families, schools, etc, survey the various explanations proposed to solve the enigma and, more generally, learn about the origins, forms and treatments of power and conflict relations.

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Classes

1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week

Assessment

tutorial participation (15%), 2500wd equivalent tutorial writing tasks (45%), 1x2hr final exam (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(12 Junior credit points from Asian Studies) or (12 Junior credit points from History or 12 Junior credit points from Ancient History)

Prohibitions

JPNS2316, ASNS2306

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