Japanese Cultural Studies 101

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Course Description

Japan is a strand of islands, or archipelago, that lies to the east of the coast of China. 120 miles of water separate Japan from the Asian mainland. Archeologists think people have inhabited the islands for about 30,000 years. During that extensive period of time, this country has alternated between sharing trade and ideas with the outside world and withdrawing into itself. As a result, Japanese culture is a fusion of trends from around the globe, each marked with a uniquely Japanese stamp.

This course will explore this history as well as discuss Japanese traditions, language, religions, food, etiquette and manners, careers and education, arts, holidays and leisure, architecture, government and the legal system.

Throughout this course you will see how Japanese people value consideration, thoughtfulness, politeness and order. It is one of the safest places on the earth to visit, and although it may be difficult to blend in, it is easy to appreciate well-mannered Japanese culture.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.7 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
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(820 votes)

Lesson 1: Introduction

Japan is a strand of islands, or archipelago, that lies to the east of the coast of China. 115 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: Japan's Geography
  • Take Poll: Japan
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Thoughts on Japan
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Traditions

Many Japanese traditions that you see today date far back into Japan's rich history. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Japanese Tea Ceremony; The History of Sumo Wrestling
  • Complete Assignment: Geisha
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Language

The Japanese did not have a written language at all until about the 5th century, when the Chinese alphabet came to Japan by way of Korea. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Learn to Speak Japanese; The Japanese Language
  • Take Poll: Japanese Language
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Religion

The two major religions in Japan are Shinto and Buddhism, but Confucianism also plays a role. 109 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Shinto
  • Complete Assignment: Religion
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Food

The Japanese diet is based on fish, rice and vegetables. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Japanese Dishes; Japanese Food
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Etiquette and Manners Part I

As a very densely populated country, Japanese spend a lot of time in very close proximity to other people. As a result, they tend to value their personal space. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Japanese Names
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Etiquette and Manners Part II: Behavior Inside a Japanese House

Japanese real estate is extremely expensive and homes place a great value on multi-purpose spaces. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Guide to Chopstick Etiquette; Guide to Japanese Table Manners
  • Complete Assignment: House Etiquette
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Career and Education

More than 80% of men and about 50% of women in Japan work more than 40 hours per week. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Business Etiquette; The Work/Life Balance
  • Complete Assignment: Educational Thoughts
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: The Arts

Painting is the most popular art form in Japan, and its history is actually connected with calligraphy. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Haiku; Origami Instructions
  • Take Poll: Popular Art Forms
  • Complete Assignment: Japanese Artist
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Special Events, Holidays, and Leisure

Many years ago, most young people married someone their parents chose for them, but in modern Japan, very few people have arranged marriages. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: History of Karaoke; Japan's Festivals
  • Complete Assignment: Special Event
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Architecture

Due to space constraints, rooms in Japanese houses often have to serve a double-purpose, so lightweight, movable furniture (like a futon) makes it easier to transition from living room to bedroom. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete Assignment: New Things
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Society

Although Japanese government bears a strong American influence, there are some major differences between the US and Japan. 269 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: Chart of the Japanese Government
  • Take Poll: Let us know what you think of this course
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: Final Thoughts
  • Complete: The Final Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize and identify Japanese traditions, language, religion, and food.
  • Summarize etiquette and manners in Japan.
  • Describe career and education in Japan.
  • Recognize the arts in Japan.
  • Identify special events, holidays, and leisure in Japan, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Japanese Cultural Studies 101
Course Number: 8900284
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Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (820 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Nancy Fillip
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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