This course is designed for students to deepen their understanding of Japanese society through the analysis of Japanese online news articles. Mass media is the reflection of a society and the mirror of a culture. Therefore, reading Japanese newspapers helps students to become more aware of the Japanese culture, which is reflected in newspaper articles.
In the first half of the term, students will examine Japanese society by reading online news articles from various contexts and practice various reading strategies. These reading strategies are introduced to help students become independent learners and to help them conduct research independently. In the second half of the term, students will choose one research topic from an area of their interest such as politics, art, and/or science. They will conduct their own research on Japanese society and write a Japanese online newspaper article for local Japanese people.