Elective Courses

JSP offers English-based electives on a wide range of topics related to Japan. These courses are drawn from a variety of fields, such as sociology, art, history, politics and economics. Course levels are generally around the 300 level (sophomore/junior).

Limited to spring only, JSP students have the opportunity to sign up for electives from the International Relations (IR) and Business Economics (BE) majors of the E-Track Program, which is the English-based 4-year undergraduate program at TIU. In addition, a selection of elective courses from our Japanese-based undergraduate schools (“J-Track”) are available for students with advanced Japanese abilities.
Please note that electives from the E-Track Program and Japanese-based undergraduate schools are not available in fall.

Please refer to the course list below for more information on individual courses.

Spring 2017

JSP Electives

Comparative Culture: Introduction to Japanese Films

SHIBUTANI | 4 credits

JSP Elective | Film | spring 2017


This course offers an introduction to the Japanese cinema. From the early movies to animation, we will cover some independent productions and documentaries. The goal of this course is to learn how to read formal aspects of films and to understand contemporary social and cultural issues in Japan. A feature film will be screened with short lectures, followed with a discussion and short writings activities.

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Contemporary Social Issues in Japan

IWASAKI | 2 credits

JSP Elective | Society | spring 2017


This course is designed to give you an intriguing opportunity to observe certain delicate social incidents taking place in contemporary Japanese society. In the course we will explore and question what ‘Japaneseness’ is all about from sociological viewpoints. By using Japan as a mirror to study the self, Japanese students will be able to reconfirm their national and ethnic identity, while international students should perceive how their ‘foreignness’ is portrayed in this homogeneous society, leading you to reflect more of the positive values taken for granted in your own country.

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Japanese Society

BLACKWOOD | 4 credits

JSP Elective | Society | spring 2017


This course will offer an introduction to some of the key social institutions (families, schools, workplaces, etc.) in contemporary Japan, in light of recent and ongoing demographic and structural changes in Japanese society and political economy. Furthermore, we will also analyze mass media reports vis-à-vis rigorous scholarship to consider how empirical reality can be “spun” by the mass media to further a particular argument or contribute to the production and dissemination of particular discourses or stereotypes.

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Survey of Japanese Art

TATENO | 4 credits

JSP Elective | Art | spring 2017


This course surveys selected works of the pre-modern periods of Japan from the seventh through the eighteenth centuries. We will analyze the major works of painting, sculpture, and architecture that epitomize each historical period. Discussions focus on the subjects of works, including examination of how concepts were translated into visual forms as well as the socio-cultural functions of the works. Students are expected to gain basic skills in iconographical observation of art works of Japan and to acquire proper terminology for discussing Japanese art. Students should gain a better understanding of Japanese art and basic information that will prepare them for further study in the field of art history.

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The Soft Power of Cool Japan

CLOSE | 4 credits

JSP Elective | Culture | spring 2017


In 2010 the Japanese government formally implemented a strategy called ‘Cool Japan’, which aims at increasing Japan’s influence in the world through a process known as soft power. This course will investigate how this strategy developed and was eventually adopted by the government. We will look into the various forms of Cool Japan including anime, manga, gaming, and fashion, as well as some of the less well-known areas from a historical perspective. In addition, we will look at the contemporary status of popular culture both in Japan and globally, critically examine the success of the Cool Japan program, and discuss what the future may hold. Overall, this course will raise students’ critical awareness of a variety of cultural and social issues related to modern Japan in the 21st century.

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E-Track Electives | Liberal Arts

Introduction to Business Management

ISHIGURO | 4 credits

E-Track Elective (Liberal Arts) | Business Management | spring 2017


Course description and syllabus forthcoming.


Introduction to Environmental Studies

LIANG | 2 credits

E-Track Elective (Liberal Arts) | Environmental Studies | spring 2017


Course description and syllabus forthcoming.


Introduction to International Relations

IZUMI | 4 credits

E-Track Elective (Liberal Arts) | International Relations | spring 2017


Course description and syllabus forthcoming.


Introduction to Marketing

TAJEDDINI | 4 credits

E-Track Elective (Liberal Arts) | Marketing | spring 2017


Course description and syllabus forthcoming.


Principles of Economics

AMPONSAH | 4 credits

E-Track Elective (Liberal Arts) | Economics | spring 2017


Course description and syllabus forthcoming.


Principles of Political Science

YAMAMOTO | 4 credits

E-Track Elective (Liberal Arts) | Politics | spring 2017


Course description and syllabus forthcoming.

E-Track Electives | Business-Economics (BE)

Business Planning

ISHIGURO | 4 credits

E-Track Elective (Business-Economics) | Business | spring 2017


Course description and syllabus forthcoming.


Business Presentation

STANISLAWSKI | 2 credits

E-Track Elective (Business-Economics) | Business | spring 2017


Course description and syllabus forthcoming.

*This course has a maximum registration limit. Note that a random draw will be conducted if the number of students exceeds this limit.


Entrepreneurship and Innovation

TAJEDDINI | 4 credits

E-Track Elective (Business-Economics) | Business | spring 2017


Course description and syllabus forthcoming.

*This is an advanced course requiring prior knowledge.


Human Resources Management

ISHIGURO | 4 credits

E-Track Elective (Business-Economics) | Business | spring 2017


Course description and syllabus forthcoming.

*This is an advanced course requiring prior knowledge.

E-Track Electives | International Relations (IR)

Comparative Politics

YAMAMOTO | 4 credits

E-Track Elective (International Relations) | Politics | spring 2017


Course description and syllabus forthcoming.


International Integration

KIM | 4 credits

E-Track Elective (International Relations) | International Relations | spring 2017


Course description and syllabus forthcoming.

*This is an advanced course requiring prior knowledge.


International Organization

NEMOTO | 4 credits

E-Track Elective (International Relations) | International Relations | spring 2017


Course description and syllabus forthcoming.

*This is an advanced course requiring prior knowledge.


International Relations of Europe

KFIR | 4 credits

E-Track Elective (International Relations) | International Relations | spring 2017


Course description and syllabus forthcoming.

*This is an advanced course requiring prior knowledge.


Non-state Actors and Political Violence

KFIR | 4 credits

E-Track Elective (International Relations) | Politics | spring 2017


Course description and syllabus forthcoming.


Qualitative Research Methods

BLACKWOOD | 4 credits

E-Track Elective (International Relations) | Methodology | spring 2017


Course description and syllabus forthcoming.

*This is an advanced course requiring prior knowledge.


Fall 2017

JSP Electives

Electives for Fall 2017 TBA.

Electives tend to change each year. However, please refer to ‘Previous Electives’ below to get an idea of what kind of electives are generally available.


Previous Electives

2016 Electives