POL2018 - Japan's Culture and Political-Economical System


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2021/2022

Course content

Japanese culture: 1) human relations and culture of organization, 2) The Japanese culture versus the culture in other Asian countries and Norway. The Japanese political-economic system: 1) The Japanese economy and political institutions, 2) political restructuring and current economic liberalization, and 3) Japanese foreign policy relations.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • know the Japanese culture and historical background, its characteristics versus other Asian cultures as well as Norwegian culture
  • know about post-World War II changes and developments in Japanese politics, society, economy and international relations 

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • use theory in order to shed light on current issues in Japanese culture, politics, economy and society 
  • demonstrate independence in the preparation of a semester assignment which fulfills the criteria for scientific writing

Learning methods and activities

Teaching methods and activities: 2 hours of lectures per week and supervison of project work. Compulsory activity: Approved term paper (3000 words/8 pages).

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved term paper

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: 3 hours written exam.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
POL1006 7.5 01.09.2012
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Political Science
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


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