Study Abroad in Japanese Culture: Past, Present and Future, Study & Travel Program

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Japanese Culture: Past, Present and Future Academics

Richmond, The American International University in London

This program is accredited by Richmond, The American International University in London. The university is an independent, non-profit international university of liberal arts and professional studies. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to the U.S. degree granting authority, it has U.K. taught degree awarding powers granted by the U.K. Privy Council. It is the first university in the U.K. to have dual degree awarding powers.

Academic Overview & Policies

Attendance at all lectures and site visits is mandatory.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by Richmond, The American International University in London. An official transcript will be sent directly to the studentís home university on completion of the program.

Course Description

HST 5715 (3 credits)
Reinventing Tradition: Japanese Culture and Society

Offers an in-depth study of Japanese culture from a historical and contemporary viewpoint covering the Heian period to modern times. An island nation that underwent a period of isolation lasting over 220 years, Japan today maintains a sense of separation and collective identity. A country steeped in living arts, tradition and unchanging culture exists in juxtaposition with trendsetting pop culture such as anime and manga and a position at the forefront of advances in technology.

This course will explore these contrasts while critically reviewing the development and processes observed in regard to Japanís role in the contemporary world setting.

The program leader is a specialist in Japanese history approved by Richmond and classroom-based learning is enhanced by field trips and relevant site visits.