TOK3 - Japan in Today’s World
5 July 2018 – 13 July 2018
Hosted by the University of Tokyo
This course will give an overview of modern Japan with emphasis on the works of the political system, including political parties, civil service, elections, and foreign relations with China, US, Korea, as well as Japan’s role in international political economy. Along with those introductory classes, we will hold workshops on topics such as Territorial Disputes and Nationalism, where participants are encouraged to make contributions in the discussion with invited specialists.
Figures are estimates only, costs are subject to changes and successful applicants will be informed.
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Tuition FeesJPY 29,600
AccommodationAccommodation, including any deposits: JPY 72,000
Field TripJPY 9,000
Living ExpensesApproximately JPY 3,000 per day
Visa FeeEstimate of visa fee (if applicable): Approx. JPY 3,000 http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/procedure/fee.html
Miscellaneous FeesJPY 27,500
For Students from U.C. Berkeley and Yale UniversityFriends of UTokyo, Inc., a not-for-profit charitable organization in the State of New York, plans to provide summer scholarships to students at U.C. Berkeley and Yale University. For more details, please visit the following website. http://www.friendsofutokyo.org/grants-and-awards/
A Japanese cultural experience opportunity will be scheduled out of the course.
Target Audience/ Prerequisites
Bachelor students, Master students, and PhD students.
The course is open to anybody who has strong curiosity and the will to acquire new knowledge.
This program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who share strong curiosity in Japanese society. No specific background on Japan studies or political science is required, but participants must be prepared to complete assigned readings that are provided prior to the course.
Lecture, discussions and interactive instructions.
All classes will start with an introductory lecture from the instructors, each of whom are specialists from The University of Tokyo in the respective fields, which will then be followed by discussion and interactive instructions. All classes will be held in the late afternoon of each day. The credit equivalent will be two credits for a semester-length program.
The course coordinators would like to tailor the course to the participants’ interest. Nominees shortlisted will be requested to provide a list of ten questions about Japan that they wish to learn about during this course.
As an introductory course, you cannot expect to receive in-depth analysis of Japanese society. Our purpose is otherwise; to stimulate your intellectual curiosity toward Japanese society and politics, an intellectual appetite which may lead you to further studies in this field.
Final examination at the end of the program.
Credit equivalent at host university & Contact hours
Approx. 21 total contact hours (105 minutes x 12 classrooms) + 0 Field trip hours (excluding self-study hours)
Participants are requested to go through the designated reading materials, as well as to prepare for the presentation as noted in the syllabus.
Lecturer(s) / Tutor(s)
Professor Kiichi FUJIWARA
Hotel Wing International Kourakuen (https://www.hotelwing.co.jp/kourakuen/en/) or similar.
Students must arrive by 4 July 2018.
Students will be able to check in from 4 July 2018.
Check-out date 14 July 2018.
Required and/or Recommended Insurance(s)
All participants of the IARU Global Summer Program at UTokyo are required to purchase adequate health and travel insurance BEFORE leaving their home university, and to be insured throughout their time in Japan.
Further Required Application Material
You are required to apply for the course via UTokyo’s online application system after the acceptance of the offer for participation.
You can find pictures and comments from 2017 TOK participant and frequently asked questions with answers on the following website: