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Summer: Rutgers- Comparative Social Movements in Japan
Kyoto, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Modern Kyoto has a population of 1.5 million. Its economy is based on IT and other hi-tech industries—Nintendo has its headquarters here—as well as more traditional products like sake and kimonos. During your time in the city, be sure to walk the Path of Philosophy, which runs along a canal and is lined by hundreds of cherry trees. Kyoto also has an active music scene, ranging from jazz to pop. If, on the other hand, you prefer the sound of your own voice, the nearest karaoke bar is never more than a mere stroll away.
To view the program’s 2017 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
This course considers the history, politics and sociology of social movements, and asks: why do some inequalities translate into ‘revolts’ or ‘movements’, and not others? Why do ‘ordinary people’ chose to engage in social movements – and how is it that these ordinary people can sometimes challenge the powerful and change society? And what are consequences of social movements for society and for those who participate – do popular movements lead to permanent change? Successful social movements may be rare, but they are important: they are instances where the normally powerless challenge the normally powerful, and can therefore illuminate for us broader questions about the nature of political power, society and historical change.
To address these questions and more, we will look to social movements throughout history, across continents, and on a host of disparate issues. To understand the causes and consequences of movements, and to draw patterns across such different examples, we will read about and utilize the analytical skills and theories developed by scholars in this area, considering especially theories that look to organization, political economy, and culture to explain social movements.
Though we will look at range of social movements we will focus particularly on two key topics that are especially ripe for international comparison (especially US-Japan comparison): environmental movements, and women’s movements. How do disenfranchised groups succeed in political goals before they get a vote? And how are the interests of the future of the planet represented in politics?
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The program itinerary includes several group excursions, designed to enhance student learning about the history, culture, and contemporary society of the host community. Possible excursions in Japan include the Peace Memorial, Hiroshima and Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.
Accommodations and Meals
The program fee includes accommodations in a hotel in central Kyoto, in double-occupancy rooms with other members of the program. Some group meals will be provided, but students will be able to buy food and groceries from local establishments as they explore the neighborhood and the city.
For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.
For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.
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