JAP1501 – Present-Day Japan
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course has a two-fold structure. On the one hand it provides a chronologic historical overview of the postwar and contemporary periods, focusing on the structures and developments in the fields of internal politics and international relations. We will analyze what the dominant postwar structure of the Cold War implied for Japan, and trace how Japanese society and the relations with the US and its Asian neighbours have changed in the last three decades after the end of the Cold War. On the other hand we will focus thematically on important issues in present-day Japanese society such as social inequality and gender inequality, depopulation, the decay of the countryside, popular nationalism and the global success of Japanese popular culture.
On the basis of classical guidance, small-size colloquia, and individual feedback this course also provides an introduction in how to find academic sources and write an academic paper.
By means of the lectures and the related readings, the colloquia and the various steps in writing an academic paper you will acquire:
- an understanding of the most important political and international structures and developments in the postwar and contemporary periods
- an awareness of important continuities and discontinuities from the Cold War period to the post-Cold War period
- insight into various crucial issues in present-day Japanese society
- training in academic writing
- training in finding and using academic sources
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
This course is not available for single course students.
Recommended previous knowledge
The classes will be taught in English and the textbooks and other readings will all be in English, so proficiency in the English language is required.
Autumn 2020: Teaching will follow the guidelines for preventing the spread of Covid-19.
A detailed plan for the semester will show which activities will be digital, and this will be updated by the beginning of August.
There will not be a requirement for compulsory attendance for teaching which is done digitally, but we strongly recommend that you follow all the teaching.
The course consists of a dozen or so weekly lecture classes, a library seminar, and two colloquia.
- At least 80 percent attendance
- Formulation of a research question
- List of related academic sources
- First draft of the paper
In the library seminar and the colloquia you will work with the formulation of a research question, the list of academic sources and the first draft. You will have to submit these obligatory assignments by a specified deadline through Canvas.
You are expected to participate actively in the classes. This does not merely imply that you need to prepare the various readings for each class, but also that you think while you read and formulate questions, and actively contribute to the discussions in class and in the colloquia.
The obligatory 80 percent attendance is valid for the next two semesters that the course is taught. An approved research question, list of academic sources and first draft is only valid for one semester.
All compulsory activities must be approved in order to qualify for the exam. It is the student’s responsibility to check whether or not the compulsory activities are approved.
Access to teaching
A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.
The exam consists of a term paper of some 10 pages (2300 characters per page, not including spaces).
Submit assignments in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
The obligatory assignments and the term paper can be written in either English or Norwegian.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.