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Program of the discipline of socio-cultural traditions of the studied country (Japan) for direction

Program discipline of socio-cultural traditions of the studied country (Japan) for referral/ specialty 032100. 62 “Oriental studies, African studies” bachelor

Discipline program


for directions/ 032100.62 the specialty “Oriental studies, African studies” bachelor

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^ Explanatory note

The course “Socio-cultural tradition of the studied country (Japan)” is a basic course for students enrolled in the specialty “Oriental studies, African studies”, specializing in Japan, aims at instilling the basic skills, concepts and knowledge about the history, social, cultural and spiritual traditions of the country. The course is designed for students who are just starting their familiarity with Japan, and does not require prior in-depth cross-cultural training. However, the course implies basic knowledge of students of Japanese language and reading of simple texts in the original language.

In General, the course examines major cultural and historical realities of Japan in the dynamics of their development. Special attention is given to common cultural traditions, local customs, forms of intercultural communication, the social dynamics of society’s development, peculiarities of business relations. The course does not focus on one specific historical period, but shows which traditions are ingrained in society which are in transformation, and which disappeared completely.

In General, the course consider:

– key concepts and definitions: “culture”, “civilization”, “national character”, “social” etc.;

– ethno-linguistic and social structure of Japan, changes in social dynamics;

– the most important values of history, historic character of the hero; the key legends, archaic beliefs and mythological structure of Japanese society

– the most important aspects of the system of values (axiological aspects) of the Japanese population;

– the rules of business, family, friendship, inter-ethnic communication;

– household and business traditions, traditions of the life cycle;

– self-identity, attitudes toward representatives of other cultures, the change in the ratio of the number of the indigenous population and foreigners;

– traditions of architecture, landscape and interior design, landscape art, interaction of human and natural origins.

– the main habits and traditions, including in relation to food, housing, costume, forms of communication, age and gender. continuity and change in the process of cultural-historical development:

^ The complexity of the course