Given the close historical and cultural relationship between Japan and China, the social development of the two countries is worth making comparison. The primary aim of this course is to introduce students to Japanese and Chinese culture from a comparative perspective through the media of film. Five themes of the two countries will be explored from historical and sociological perspectives, which include education; youth; family; gender inequality; and urbanization.
‘Culture’ is one of the most difficult words to define in academia, however as the term ‘global citizen’ is increasingly emphasized, it is perhaps more important than ever to understand one’s own culture as well as the culture of the other’s. A secondary aim of this course is to help students to develop an interdisciplinary approach to understand culture. Through selected films and topics, students will gain crucial tools and skills for understanding society and culture, applying a cross-disciplinary approach to the two societies covered in the course.