Fieldwork and Qualitative Research of Japanese Society

Course Type: Seminar
Study Focus: SEG
Term: Spring

Teacher: ASATO Wako
Course Code: JK04001

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.


Course Information

Module: Introduction to Transcultural Studies
CATS Requirements: MA 1st. year or above
Link to course material on PandA.

Day/Period: Wed/3
Location: 5講/Lect. 5
Credits: 2


Course Goals

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

For a detailed course schedule, please visit KULASIS or the PandA platform (the enrollment key is provided in KULASIS and also during the first week of class).

The course involves weekly reading and fieldwork assignments. Evaluation is based on reflection papers and a term paper.