Combination of Asian Studies Course (ASC) and Japanese Language Courses(JLC)
The ATW curriculum design provides a uniquely productive educational experience relating Asian Studies courses (ASC) to Japanese Language courses (JLC) in a synergistic learning opportunity for students. As they broaden and deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Japan and its neighboring countries through the ASC offerings, students are made aware of the various sociocultural contexts of communication, thereby enhancing their synthetic understanding of the Japanese language as developed in the JLC.
The program requires students to enroll for credit in two
of four available Asian Studies offerings (see below) and in one
skill level-appropriate Japanese language course. Selections should accord with the student's home university study plan. Those who satisfy all ATW expectations will be awarded a certificate of program completion in recognition of their effort.
|JLC class (9:30-12:00)
|Lunch Break (12:00-13:00)
ASC class (13:00-14:30)
: 2 credits (60 credit hours)
2 credits(30 credit hours)/course
*Students will be required to take two of ASC and one JLC to complete ATW.
Asian Studies Courses (ASC)
Asian studies courses (ASC) give ATW a distinction
as a comprehensive academic program studying on Japanese language
and sociocultural background of the country. The field of study
is not limited to Japan but covers Asia and the Pacific, which are
increasingly playing an important role in the world. It will be
a valuable asset of the program that the students will be able to
approach Asia and Japan from various directions.
ATW’s Asian studies courses, taught in English, are presented by emininent scholar-specialists invited from around the world.
From 22 JUN to 8 JUL
course is for 15 sessions, 30 credit hours; 2credits)
Politics and Society in Modern and Contemporary Japan: The continuing struggle for citizen participation and democracy
Dimitir Vanoverbeke, Ph.D. (Catholic University of Leuven),
Faculty of Arts,
Catholic University of Leuven
One of the main reasons of Japan’s renown in the world is its soft power we all know because of its economic power but also because of manga, anime, movies, architecture, fashion, etc. It is less known, yet as important for the rest of the world that Japan has an excellent track record as to crime rates and crime control. Japan is one of the nations with the lowest rates of crime and prison population. What does this mean for the social fabric of one of the main economies in the world? The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with scientific tools and concepts to understand, describe and analyze Japanese society in a dynamic perspective by learning to explain stability and change in Japanese politics and reflecting on the dynamics of society and politics in modern and contemporary Japan.
We will start the class with 10 minutes of analysis of the main topic in the day’s newspaper and end with 10 minutes of a movie on a topic relevant to understand contemporary Japanese society.
Death in Traditional Japanese Literature
Noel J. Pinnington, Ph.D. (University of Cambridge),
Department of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona
This course surveys the literary treatment of death and killing in the Japanese tradition from the 7th to the 18th centuries. It is both a chronological introduction to the literary tradition and an investigation of Japanese conceptions of death, which are often popularly characterized and perhaps misunderstood. It also highlights the relationship between these literary themes and cultural influence from the mainland. The course takes its examples from English translations of the early mythological books, song / poetry collections, and popular didactic literature of the 8th century, from the poetry, fiction and diaries of the court period (800 - 1200), from warrior literature (to 1600), from dramatic forms and popular literature from the period of printing (1600 to 1900), and from historical literature from the early twentieth century. Where possible video and other media will be brought in to support the readings. Major goals of the course are: (1) to explore the way in which a number of approaches to death have arisen and been integrated within the tradition, and (2) to help students learn to read closely and consciously materials from within a tradition, and to understand something of the nature of a literary tradition.
From 19 JUL to 5 AUG
course is for 15 sessions, 30 credit hours; 2credits)
Mind and Behaviour Across Asia
Chun Hong Gan, M.A. (Kyushu University), Lecturer,
School of Healthcare Sciences, National University of Malaysia
This subject aims to understand the mind and behaviour among people from various cultures across Asia with cross-cultural psychology perspectives. The unique cultural elements related to psychology from Asian perspectives rooted in the system of thought based in or gleaned from Asian cultures will be introduced. With the trend that cross-cultural elements are emphasised more than before, psychologists in Asia now do research and practice by incorporating Asian values and perspectives despite adopting solely the theories and knowledge from the West. The experiences and values from many distinct cultural, ethnic and nation groups within and originating from the continent of Asia are incorporated in understanding various psychology topics related to Asian people mind and behaviour such as beliefs, values, personality, psychopathology, psychotherapy, social behaviours, relational styles and cognitive processes. Collectivism in Japanese culture, Asian value on family, Confucianism, the role of religions mainly Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and folk beliefs are among the key examples.
The classes are in the form of interactive teaching by employing multiple modes of delivery including lectures, discussions, group activity, practicum and presentation. The students will be guided to observe and reflect personal cross-cultural experience in Japan and other Asian countries. Those experience will link to theories and models for easy, interesting and deeper understanding. Cross-cultural discussions and experiences sharing among the students are expected in order to explore how the histories, languages and sociocultural practices of people from Asia and other parts of the world have cross influences on Asian people mind and behaviour.
Economic Integration in Asia
Pham Vu Thang, Ph.D. (University of East Anglia),
Director Center for Economic Development Studies (CEDS), University of Economics and Business, Vietnam National University Hanoi
There has been a worldwide trend towards economic integration over the past decades. Economic integration involves agreements between countries to facilitate the flow of capital, goods and services, and labor across their respective international borders. Free trade area is the first level of economic integration. A free trade area is the region encompassing a trade bloc whose member countries have signed a free trade agreement (FTA). ASEAN countries committed together within intra-ASEAN FTA as well as ASEAN-Dialogue Partner FTAs namely with Japan, Korea, China and New Zealand. In 2015, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been reached to agreements among 12 countries including Japan and other ASEAN countries namely Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. The impact on economic development however is dynamic, countries may gain or loose from economic integration. This course will provide background knowledge on economic integration, in which AFTA and TPP are taken into consideration.
Language Courses (JLC)
2 credits (60 credit hours)
unit code: JL16
Language instruction is offered from beginning through advanced levels. Elementary courses aim to improve students' abilities to the point where they can cope practically with the communicative demands of a home stay or the experiences of daily life in Japan. In the intermediate and more advanced courses, students will learn how to give a presentation in Japanese and debate on various subjects relating to Japanese society or culture. Students will be assigned to the appropriate course as determined by a placement test given before the start of the program.
Online Placement Tests will be conducted in May to roughly determine each student proficiency level in Japanese. Consultation to adjust the level will be given when ATW participants arrive in Fukuoka before deciding each student's placement.
Please download the JL15 syllabi for your reference:
Several study trips will be held during the program
for your option. Each excursion is planned
in the expectation that students
are able to experience some part of Japanese
culture and the Japanese esthetic sense. The following
trips are planned
to be held.
Please click each study trip to open a popup window for more information.
heritage sites in Hiroshima (click here)
|Farming work experience (click here)
Fee: 1,000 yen
culture (click here)
Fee: 500 yen
|(*These study trips are subject to change. )
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