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This course provides a comparative examination of social systems of organization and control in Japan and the United States. Both informal and formal cultural dynamics are explored. An examination of informal systems includes family, school, and workplace. Moreover, formal systems of control, including police, courts, and correctional subsystems are surveyed.
This is a course about creation in a global context. Every day we are faced with problems, some of them are really big (i.e. ýHow do we reduce our dependence on oil?), and some are really small (i.e. ýWhat color shirt should I wear with these pants?ý). It is human nature to solve problems, and by addressing problems in new and innovative ways, we create economic, social and cultural value. The problem with ideas is that ideas do not create value, only action creates value.
Explore Japan's unique approaches to health, healthcare, and public health firsthand! This program is designed to explore the vast effect of culture on Japan's health, healthcare, and public health while experiencing key aspects Eastern and Western medicine.
Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) Mindful Leadership, Creativity, and Engaged Learning (2 weeks)
Travel to Japan and discover an interdisciplinary perspective for mindful leadership drawing from mindfulness research in psychology, creativity and aesthetics for an engaged living with a commitment to social justice and transformation.
On this program, you can make Japan a part of your academic plan by studying abroad for the fall, spring, or the entire academic year. Discover the historic city of Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, right in the heart of Honshu (the main island of Japan). There, you will learn an entire year's worth of college-level Japanese each semester!
Make Japan a part of your academic plan and discover the historic city of Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, right in the heart of Honshu (the main island of Japan). There, you will learn an entire year's worth of college-level Japanese over the condensed summer semester (9 weeks)!
Learn the needs and characteristics of ESL students in Japan while exploring the country's culture! Explore about the unique cultural differences between how English is taught in Japan, and compare it with English language classrooms in the United States. You will get a chance to observe all levels of English classrooms, from elementary to post-high school.
The area around Lake Biwa traditionally known as Ominokuni (modern day Shiga Prefecture) is one of the most historically, economically, and culturally significant regions in Japan. This travel-oriented program utilizes the rich resources of the region to achieve a broad understanding of 1,000 years of Japanese history (ca. 600-1600).