This course is to examine concepts representing Japanese society, economy and governance through previous research and fieldwork.
We perceive various concepts of society, economy and governance through media and the Internet. However, we often experience a gap between concept and reality when we go to the field. This class takes up various concepts on qualitative research such as field work, ethnography, focus group discussion, action research and so forth. The course also involves visits to field site, such as a Buraku community, welfare institutions and public schools in the city.
To be able to conceptualize society through primary data gathering in Kyoto. This class requires field research within Kyoto to conceptualize Kyoto itself so that students can grasp Kyoto by collecting data and interpreting what is going on through field visit.
Course Schedule and Evaluation
The course involves weekly reading and fieldwork assignments. Evaluation is based on reflection papers and a term paper.