Fieldwork and Qualitative Research of Japanese Society

Course Type: Seminar
Study Focus: SEG
Term: Spring

Teacher: ASATO Wako
Course Code: JK32001

In this lecture, students will learn about the theory and practice of various qualitative research methods, such as participant observation, which is based on the separation of researcher and participant, and action research, which is not based on the separation of researcher/subject.

The class will also include research ethics. Even with the limited time, the class will actually do fieldwork on education, welfare, immigrants and Buraku community.
Students will also report on their own research themes for their thesis.

In Kyoto City has large number of “old-comers” including Korean residents, and “new-comers” including marriage migrants and technical interns (TITP). Since social inclusion of those with multicultural background is one of the social issues as in government agreement, this class will clarify the actual situation by conducting fieldwork at areas with a long history of minorities. Minority areas have well-developed NGOs and other support organizations, and we will also look at welfare and support networks to understand safety

Course Information

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

Day/Period: Fri/2
Location: Sem. 8
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.

Evaluation is based on reflection papers(50%) and term paper(50%).