Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2022Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Lecture Code AQH00101 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Multiculturalism in Japan(日本のマイノリティ)
Subject Name
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Multiculturalism in Japan
カワモト ナオエ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Mon9-10:IAS K204
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Lecture, Discussion
This course is conducted face-to-face.
* Lesson-style for the class may be changed to online if the Covid-19 infection spreads. When the lesson style is modified, it will be announced to registered students. 
Credits 1.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction E : English
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 05 : Sociology
Eligible Students
Keywords Japan, Minority, Migrants, Migration, Refugees
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Criterion referenced
Integrated Arts and Sciences
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding of the importance and characteristics of each discipline and basic theoretical framework.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability and skills to collect and analyze necessary literature or data among various sources of information on individual academic disciplines.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・The general ability to discover issues based on the ethics in research and subjective intellectual interests, and make planning to solve them.

Integrated Global Studies
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・The knowledge and understanding of the important characteristics and basic theoretical framework of individual academic disciplines.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability to collect and analyze necessary literature or data among various sources of information in individual academic disciplines.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・The ability to think in an interdisciplinary way to discover issues based on ethical research practices and subjective intellectual interests, and propose a plan to solve them. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
This class aims to learn ethnic diversity in Japan, focusing on migrants and their descendants. Japan is not homogeneous and was not. Lectures and discussions also cover when and how Japan accepted migrants and the challenges facing migrants.

Class Schedule Lesson1 (April 11)
Introduction to the course
What is Multiculturalism?

Lesson2 (April 18)
Japan's Co-existence (多文化共生;Tabunka kyousei) and Multiculturalism; What is the difference between Japan and the Western countries?

Lesson3 (April 25)
Migrants and education (1)

Lesson4 (May 9)
Migrants and education (2)

Lesson5 (May 16)
Migrants and labor (1)

Lesson6 (May 23)
Migrants and labor (2)

Lesson7 (May 30)
Challenges for the integration of migrants in Japan (1)

Lesson8 (June 6)
Challenges for the integration of migrants in Japan (2)

Term-end paper
*Details will be announced in the class.

Schedule is subject to change. 
Handouts will be provided. 
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Preparation and
Readings are assigned every week. Students have to submit a short essay about the readings. Well-preparation for the class is the key to succeeding in this course.
Grading Method Short essays  40%
Term-end paper  60%
Practical Experience Experienced  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it 語学学校・日本語学校での日本語教育および留学生・外国人労働者・子どもの支援に従事した経験を踏まえ、日本の多文化状況およびマイノリティを取り巻く問題を論じる。 
Message Active participation in the class is expected. 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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