CJS 451 - Topics in Japanese Studies
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Health and Illness in Japan
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Japanese Studies (CJS)
Department: LSA II: Japanese Studies
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Junior/Senior or Graduate students.
May be repeated for a maximum of 18 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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This course, drawing on work done in medical and cultural anthropology, explores conceptions of health and illness in Japanese society. Through a variety of readings, we will explore approaches to the body, health, and illness both theoretically and empirically. Questions we will ask include, what constitutes health, well-being, and illness? How are these are formulated and understood within Japanese society? How does culture influence understandings and experiences of health and illness?

The course is split into three sections. At the beginning we will explore how medical anthropology has approached health, illness, and the body. We then turn our attention to Japanese understandings of health and illness, exploring ideas in traditional medicine, alternative medicine, and biomedicine. The final section of the course engages with anthropological work on a variety of topics – from obesity to food risk to disability and finally to mental health (depression and loneliness) in Japan.

Please note that each class is conducted as a seminar, with no formal lectures. Students will each take the lead presenting their analysis and critical observations of the readings each week.

Class Format:

Each class is conducted as a seminar, with no formal lectures. Students will each take the lead presenting their analysis and critical observations of the readings each week.


CJS 451 - Topics in Japanese Studies
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
Th 2:00PM - 5:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
002 (SEM)
 In Person
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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