JAP, Ethnographies of Japanese society (Japan Studies Content Course 2) (F22)

Course content

In this course we will explore the unique insights that an ethnographic approach offers into the workings of Japanese society on the ground and sometimes behind the scenes. We will do so through reading and discussing ethnographic texts focusing on people from a range of sections of Japanese society.

Apart from the thematic focus, the emphasis of this course will be twofold: on the strengths and weaknesses of an ethnographic approach in representing a society; and on how fieldwork, writing and theory come together in the production of an ethnographic text. We will use a mix of English and Japanese language materials and will practice writing book reviews and essays. Students will be required to read the assigned material, take turns in making presentations and in leading the discussion.

This course is integrated with two weekly text-reading lessons.

  • Curriculum for BA programme in Japanese Studies, 2019
  • Curriculum for BA elective programme in Japanese Studies, 2019
  • Curriculum for MA programme in Japanese Studies, 2019
Learning outcome

BA 2019-studieordning:
Japanstudier realia 1 (aktiviteskode: HJAB00941E)
Japanstudier realia 2 (aktivitetskode: HJAB00981E)
Japanstudier realia 3 (aktivititskode: HJAB00991E)

BA-tilvalg 2019-studieordning:
Japansk Realia B (aktivitetskode HJAB10221E)

KA 2019-studieordning:
Formidlingsstudier (aktivitetskode: HJAK03361E)
Forskningsoversigt (aktivitetskode: HJAK03401E)


Seminars and writing workshops (possibly short lectures)

To be announced in Absalon

Kurset forudsætter færdigheder i japansk svarende til Japansk sprog B: moderne oversættelse.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 84
  • Preparation
  • 328,5
  • English
  • 412,5