This learning unit is not being organized during year 2020-2021.
1. How to build a new national identity after the defeat of the WWII in political, economic and cultural contexts;
2. How to impose as a high-developed country at an international stage and how to master the different problems due to its so fast developing strategy;
3. How to react firmly in the case of diverse crises like natural disaster (earthquake, tsunami and typhoon) or the facts caused by human (economic crises, unstable political situation, pollution);
4. How to keep hope in the future of the country in a harmonious way (not denying the country, nor neglecting the other countries' reactions).
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
At the end of this course, the student will be able to understand and to explain adequately topics the Japenese contemporary society presents as its features and/or problems. The student will also be able to deal with concerned subjects with a comparative point of vue, in distinguishing between European and Japanese issues.
crisis in 2008, the absence of the people's confidence in today's politics, the problems of Nuclear energy and questioning on other potential energy sources, the lack of freedom of thought and communication (the 3 last topics are the consequences of the North-East Japan Earthquake in March 2011).
The course respects a priori a chronology of these actual facts. However, certain intemporary aspects of the Japanese culture, like Japanese people's behavioral tendencies, the notions of ambiguity, of generosity and of politeness, are constantly mentioned, since these cultural features are indispensable to understand the Japanese Society in general.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.Active learning : formal lectures, group discussions and presentations by the students of their works. Students will be obliged to read selected articles before lessons, with a view of talking about them in class.
Course material : selected reading matter to download from iCampus, power point presentations by the lecturer.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.Continuous evaluation. The final marks will be based on :
- active participation in discussion in class (40%) ;
- preparation of a report on the selected topic and oral presentation of group work (60%).
- Pierre Souyri (2010) Nouvelle histoire du Japon, éd. Perrin ;
- Joy Hendry (2003) Understanding Japanese Society, 3rd edition , Nissan Institute /Routledge Curzon Japanese Studies Series,
- Karyn Poupée (2012) Les Japonais ''', Tallandier ;
- Barthélémy Courmont (2013) Géopolitique du Japon, Argos ;
- Elena Janvier (2011) Au Japon, éd. Arléa.