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Focus 5b:Gender Dynamics in Contemporary Japanese Society (II)


Admission requirements

To enroll in this course, students must have successfully completed Focus 5a&6 Gender Dynamics in Contemporary Japanese Society I.


Gender structures the lives of women and men in all societies, yet varies in shape and dynamics. In this course, we will explore the dynamics of gender in contemporary Japanese society. Going beyond women as the primary focus of gender studies, readings will explore the structures, processes and practices, which contribute to gender difference (as it affects both men and women) and its reproduction in the economy, society, and the state. In preparation for the BA thesis, which will be written in part two of this course, we will also discuss different methodologies and ways to conduct research, both on gender and other topics.

Course objectives

In the second part of this course, students will primarily read Japanese texts related to their thesis. Attendance of part one of this course is required in order to complete the second part of the course. In addition to learning how to read and analyze Japanese materials and texts, students will also receive guidance on how to locate sources and write their thesis. Students will write their thesis during this course and receive feedback and instructions in form of thesis writing workshops.


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Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Participation element (attendance, participation in class and in thesis workshops) 30%
Translation element (webpostings and presentation) 50%,
Review element (literature review): 20%


Blackboard plays an essential part in this course. All important information about the course, including the syllabus, course requirements, and announcements, will be available on the course website. As part of class participation, students will also be required to make postings on the Blackboard website. Internet access is therefore essential in order to complete this course successfully.

Reading list

Course readings will be made available via Blackboard, under ‘course documents.’


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