A new course called Contemporary Japan (JPN 2900) has been added to the SLCC class curriculum. The new course starts Oct. 18 and it’s not too late to sign up.
“Ever since losing World War II, Japan had a keen sense of purpose — becomes the world’s strongest economic power,” said new adjunct instructor Michael Folland.
Folland is the Humanities, Language and Culture department’s new expert on Japan and with his expertise comes a new focus class on contemporary Japan. Folland will be teaching the class Monday and Wednesday evenings starting Oct. 18.
JNP 2900 isn’t just for Japanese enthusiasts. There aren’t any course prerequisites to take the class and the class is taught in the English language. The course scope will range from familiar topics, such as anime/manga and electronic technology to issues less known and rarely talked about outside of Japan. Examples of these issues include how Japan deals with its homeless people and why the small town of Shikoku divides the garbage into 37 categories for recycling.
“Japan is struggling to find her role and sense of purpose amidst an international order bearing little resemblance to the one that existed during her economic heydays,” said Folland.
After two decades of recession and with China now beating Japan out in economic power, changes are on Japan’s horizon. The JPN 2900 class will reflect on Japan’s past to delve into its contemporary problems and discover patterns toward Japan’s coming future.
“Folland’s first hand experiences in studying and teaching about Japan will bring interesting insights to the JPN 2900 class,” said the Chair of the Humanities, Language and Culture Department, Paul Allen.
Folland has spent a total of 5 years teaching and studying in Japan. Additionally, Folland’s experience in China and Mongolia will be a factor in the class.
“As the countries in Asia become more interdependent, it is nearly impossible to discuss one country without mentioning the other key players. The more we understand about Japan’s neighbors, the more we understand about Japan,” said Folland.
JPN 2900 is still open for student registration. The class is worth 3 credit hours. JPN 2900 will be held at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus from 5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in room 209 of the Administration Building.
“I would encourage anyone who is interested in China or Asia in general to join this class,” said Folland.