MSS Second Semester Course Matrix

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MSS Second Semester Course Matrix 2018-01-01T11:35:11+00:00

Details of JS 1001: Political Economy of Japan


  1. Introduction: The Japanese Model of Political Economy, Macroeconomic Performance, Economic Welfare, Saving Invest, Public Finance, Political Economy of the Financial Market, Zaibatsu.
  2. Patterns of Political Economy: Conservative Politics and Economic Growth, Formation of Conservative Regimes, Transition and Breakdown, Fragmented Politics and Economic Turmoil, Protection and Erosion of Old Regime in a Changing World Economy.
  3. Firms and Employment: The Japanese Firm in Transition, Human Resources Development and Labor Management Relations, Small-scale Family Enterprises, Technology and the Future of the Economy.
  4. Political Economy and General Welfare: Economic Plan, Machinery for Planning, Government and Business, Government and Labor, Government and Agriculture, Government and Social Welfare, Civil Liberties and Rights.
  5. Government and Economy: Future of Industrial Policy, Industrial Organization, Conservative Policy Line and Development of Patterned Pluralism, Politics of Economic Management.
  6. International Context: The World System, Ideas and Structure of Foreign Policy, From Prestige to Wealth to Knowledge, Japan and International Monetary Regime, Implications of the Changing Trade Regime for US-Japanese Relations.
  7. Japan in International System: International Trade and Trade Policy, Comparative Advantage, Structural Adaptation and Japanese Performance, Internationalization of Finance in Japan.
  8. Domestic Institutions and Policy-making: Japan, the Switzerland of the Far East, Political Inclusivity, Domestic Structure of Trade, Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, Elitist Democracy within and American Greenhouse.
  9. Japan’s Emerging Global Role: Japan and the United States, Prospects for Stability, Japan and ASEAN Countries, Evolution of Japan’s Regional Role, Japan and the World in the Twenty-first Century.
  10. Broad Frameworks: Cultural Context of Japanese Political Economy, Consensual Governance, a Study of Law, Culture and Political Economy of Post-war Japan, Social Exchange Aspects of Japanese Political Economy, Culture Efficiency and Change.
  11. Japanese Firm and Networking: Japan as a Network Society, Decentralization-Centralization in Japanese Organization, Duality Principle, Origin and Development of Japanese Enterprises, Japan’s Corporate Network, Managerial Integration of Japanese Business in America, Japan’s Industrial Relations and Labor Management Relations.
  12. Cultural and Social Bases: Japanese Innovation, Small Group Activities in Comparative Perspective.
  13. Trends: Nationalism and transnational’s, developmentalism as a system, Economics of decreasing cost, Mobilization of knowledge in Japanese political economy, Gender and culture in Japanese political economy, Self-portrayals of prominent businesswomen.

Details of JS 1002: Contemporary Japanese Society


  1. Introduction: Aspect of Social Change in Modern Japan, Social Transformation after World War II, Changes in Social Structure, Japanese-Western Dilemma: acceptance and rejection, culture shock and challenge of adaptation.
  2. Contemporary Major Social Changes: Democratization, Industrialization, Change in Agrarian Structure, Urbanization, Development of Mass Society, Disintegration of Local Community, Empowerment of Women.
  3. Japanese Family Today: Family, Patterns and Continuity, Japanese Family after World War II, New Family Types and Existence of Family System.
  4. Kinship, Marriage and Social Relations: Change in Kinship Structure: social mobility and cohesiveness, fundamental change in group relations, legal obligation and lack of interest in marriage, view of the society about living together and extramarital relationship, detrimental factors to traditional Japanese person-to-person relationship.
  5. Japanese Religious Fusions: State of Religion in Japan Today, Role of Religion in Japanese Life, Cross-religious Practice, Calibration of Religious Rituals as Social Festival, Emergence of New Religion.
  6. Japanese Media These Days: Japanese Media Organizations, Characteristics of Japanese Media, Problems of Japanese Media, LDP-media and Business Organizations-media Relationship Predicaments to Media’s Social Responsibility, Government Control over Japanese Media and Press Feedom.
  7. Crime and Criminal Justice System of Japan: Situation of Crime in Japan, Impact of Rule of Law and People’s Participation in Prevention of Crime, Japanese System of Criminal Justice: police, prosecution and judiciary, rehabilitation process, organs and its impact, rule of law and good governance.
  8. Japanese Popular Culture: Kawaii, Geinokai, Japanese Art, Painting, Film, Calligraphy, Japanese Architecture, Origami, Ikebana, Drama, Music, Do’s and Don’ts in Japan.
  9. Value Conflict in Japanese Society: Dress, Food, Music, Film, Festival and Tradition, Technologies, Sports, Home Décor and Customs.

Details of JS 1003: Disaster and Development in Japan


  1. Introduction: Disaster Management Strategies, Public Health, Emergency Response, Information Technology Communication Techniques for Disaster, Economics of Disaster Management and Recovery, Disaster and Emergency Management Delivery Service Analysis.
  2. Disaster Management: Advanced Integrated Flood Management, Advanced Hydrology, Advanced Flood Hydraulics and Sediment Transport, Advanced Mechanics of Sediment Transportation and River Changes.
  3. Development: Advanced Disaster Mitigation-recovery Policy, Advanced Disaster Risk Management, Advanced River Engineering, Advanced Hydrology, Urban Disaster Mitigation Engineering, Natural Disasters and Urban Disaster Prevention.
  4. Emergency Management: Emergency Management and Occupational Health and Safety Strategies, Ethical Theories and Emergency Response Planning and Management, Navigate Chaotic Emergency Situations to Make Quick, Methodical and Ethical Decisions.
  5. Disaster Management Procedure: Crisis Management Ethics, Emergency Management Strategies, Emergency Management Analysis and Risk Management, Homeland Security Procedures, Natural, Technological and Biological Risks.
  6. Disaster Risk Management: Hazard Types, Weather Related Hazards, Historical Spatial and Temporal Hazard Distribution, Assessing Hazards, Measuring Hazards’ Impact.
  7. Disaster Management and Vulnerability: Basic Principles, Theoretical Basis, Conceptual Frameworks, Vulnerability and Sustainable, Development Assessing Vulnerability, Indicator and Indices, Qualitative versus Quantitative Assessment, Input Data Collection Methods, Vulnerability Models, Progression of Vulnerability, Dynamic Pressure.
  8. Integrated Disaster Management: Ensure Awareness on the Nature and type of Disasters, Management of the Three Phases of Disaster, Designing a Disaster Management Plan, Rescue Operations, Evacuation Drills, Accident Prevention and Safety Measures, Environmental Laws Rules and Audits.
  9. Risk Assessment: Conceptual Frameworks, Major Structure for Assessment, Methodology of Assessment, Role in DRM Theoretical Concept/cycles, Main Clusters, and Importance of Vulnerability and Resilience in DRM.
  10. Strategies: Understanding of DRM Cycles, Analysis of Available Scenarios of DRM Assessing Risk using Selected Models, Analyzing Root Causes, Validation and Analysis of Results, Assessing Progression of Resilience, Steps towards a Culture of Resilience, Linking Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Strategies, Assessing Vulnerability using Selected Models, Analyzing Root causes for Different Vulnerability Patterns.

Details of JS 1004: Japanese Mass Media and Corporate Anthropology


  1. Introduction: Movements 20th-century Japanese Digital Media, History of Japanese Media, Production Concepts in Collaborative Environments, Effective and Straightforward Communication, Communicate Preproduction Concepts, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives of Media.
  2. Media Organizations and Behavior: Mass Media as Business Organization, Comparison with the West, Portraying the State, Television and News, Media as Trickster in Japan, Future Prospects of the Japanese Media.
  3. Role of Media: The Politics of Scandal, Television and Political Turmoil, Media and Policy Change in Japan, Media and Political Protest, Media Coverage and Japanese Relations.
  4. Media and Public: Media Exposure and the Quality of Political Participation in Japan, Media in Electoral Campaigning in Japan, Media Agenda Setting in a Local Election.
  5. Media and Politics: The Mass Media and Japanese Politics Effects and Consequences, Interaction with Politics, Communications Media of Japan.
  6. Mass Model: The Member as Mass Man, Sokagakkai, as a Mass Movement, the Individual and Japanese Environment, Possibilities and Problems.
  7. Japanese Life and the Media: Role of Media in Japanese, Characteristics of the Media of Contemporary Society, Real-time Communication on the Global Scale, Media supported by the Social Needs, the Global Village.
  8. Communications Media of Japan: TV Networks, Radio Networks, Magazines, Newspapers, Advertising Agencies, Wire Services.
  9. Research Projects: Japanese Media Art and Graphics in Digital Animation, Video Clips, TV Commercials, Games, Space and Interface Design in Interactive Environment, Japanese Aesthetics in Media Culture, Japanese Woodblock Prints, Kimono as Media, Manga.
  10. Cultures of Media: Cultures of New and Old Media, Salient Features of Technical aspects of the Media, Understanding of the Relationship between Art, Media and Social or Cultural Context, Media’s Unique Role in Representation, Critical Spectator, Reader and Interpreter of Cultural Products.

Details of JS 1005: Film, Animation and Performing Arts


  1. Introduction: The Oldest and Largest Film Industries, Feature Films, Silent Era, Medieval Era and Modern Era of Film, Arts and Performing Arts.
  2. Genres of Japanese Films: Jidaigeki: period during the Edo period 1603–1868 or earlier, Samurai cinema, horror films, monster films, soft-core pornographic films, Yakuza mobsters, Gendaigeki, Shomingeki, Anime, Mecha, science fiction and cyberpunk.
  3. Japanese Films: Tokyo Story, Seven Samurai, Godzilla, Ugetsu, Yojimbo, Harakiri,  The Woman in the Dunes, In the Realm of the Senses, Tampopo, Grave of the Fireflies, Akira, Ninja Scroll, Ghost in the Shell, Hana-bi, Battle Royale and Spirited Away.
  4. History of Anime and Manga: History, Industry, International Market, Original Net Animation, Original Video Animation, Fans, Companies, Longest Series.
  5. Japanese Animation: Japanese Animated Magic Lantern Show, Traditional and Experimental Animation, and Digital Animation.
  6. Japan’s Fine Arts and Literatures: Formative Period, Asuka and Hakuho Periods, Nara Period, Heian Period, Kamakura Period, Muromachi Period, Momoyama Period, Edo Period, Meiji Period to date.
  7. The Arts of Japan: From Forest to Village Life, From Asuka to Ikaruga, From Daigo to Uji, Itsukushima and Hiraizumi.
  8. Influence on World Culture: Fan Response, Anime Style, Dramatically Exposed, Commercially Profitable, Western Adaptations of Anime.
  9. Traditional Performing Arts in Japan: Classical Theatre: Noh, Kyogen, Kabuki, Bunraku; Traditional Japanese Music: from Gagaku to Sarugaku, Tale and Theatre Music.
  10. Categories of Performing Arts: Dance in Japan, ‎ Kabuki, Rakugo, Theatre in Japan and Owarai Stubs‎.