Intermediate Seminar 2020 (Thursday, 2nd period)





A very important annuncement to students (2020.4.12)

As you may have known, due to the corovavirus disaster, the spring semester of 2020 starts on May 11th.
All classes will be conducted online, including this intermediate seminar.
This is an unexpected huge change in the course, and so I am planning how to conduct this seminar.
Anyway, this seminar will be conducted online.
The text is protected by password and I will send the password to you later.

Now (2020.4.4), 20 students are registered. In each session, 2 students will make presentation about the assigned contents. Please see the schedule below and confirm you name.

How to conduct the Online Seminar (posted on April 12th, 2020)

1. How to gen the textbook: The textbook will be given to students by either way mentioned below.
(1) A DVD disc that contains data of the text will be delivered to students around May 11. I will attach a case on the door of my office (11-1426). You can take one disc at your convenient time. In this case, students need to come to the university (building 11).
(2) The data of the text will be posted on www. sakurai.jp. Students can be download the files. I would like to avoid this method due to the copyright protection. The size of the text of each session is about 90 MB. You need a network environment in which you can download such big data.
I have not decied which way to take. It depends on the pandemic situation. Anyway, there is almost one month before the class starts.
2. Textbook: All students must carefully read the assigned part of the textbook. Please skip (ignore) columns (colored parts) of the textbook.

3. Presentation: Students in charge submit Powerpoint data to the intermediate seminar page of Waseda Moodle.The rest of students carefully read the Powerpoint. If you can make a video of presentation, it is convenient. You can make a video of Powerpoint presentation with your naration quite easily with softwares provided by the university.
4. Discussions and Attendance: Each student must post a comment concerning the relevant chapter (attendance point.) to the ‘forum’ of Waseda Mooldle. You can reply to other students’ comments.
5. Final essay (About 1,000 words) Please send this to me via email.



1. The Contents of this class

In this course, we will study essential empirical topics of contemporary sociology as are mentioned below.
The textbook will be provided by the instructor. Students need to read the text carefully and make a presentation about it.


2. Schedule

5/14 Orientation
Orientation PDF (without narrations)

5/21 Cities and Urban Life (Sakurai)

5/28 Social Interaction and Daily Life
1. The drama of daily life / Non-verbal communication / Face, body and speech in interaction: Lee Byeonghyeon
2. The rules of social interaction / The emergent rules of online interaction / Conclusion: proximity and distance in human interactions: Arihara Yuya

6/04 Families and Intimate Relationships
1. 'The family' as institution and ideology / Family practices: Hwang Yoon Soo
2. Family diversity and intimate relations / Families in global context / Conclusion: Karatsu Taiki

6/11 Health, Illness and Disability
1. Sociology of the body / The sociology of health and illness (Defining health, Biomedicine and its critics, Pandemics and globalization): Kawashima Riko
2. The sociology of health and illness (Sociological perspectives on health and illness) / The social basis of health / The sociology of disability / Health and disability in a changing world: Kita Yuta

6/18 Stratification and Social Class
1. Systems of stratification / Theorizing social class / Mapping the class structure: Miura Ayu
2. Class divisions in the developed world / Social mobility / Conclusion: Miyakawa Moana

6/25 Gender and Sexuality
1. Sex, gender and sexuality / Social construction of gender and sexuality: Oikawa Ririko
2. Gender inequality / Feminism and LGBT movements / Globalization, human trafficking and sex work / Conclusion: Okano Nana

7/02 Race, Ethnicity and Migration
1. Key concepts / The persistence of racism?: Ono Mai
2. Ethnic diversity, integration and conflict / Migration in a global age / Conclusion: Sakai Rika

7/09 The Media
1. Media diversity in the global age: Sakurai Shotaro
2. Theorizing the media / Audiences and media representations / Ownership, power and alternatives to the global media / Conclusion: Sato Ryu

7/16 Crime and Deviance
1. The basic concepts / Theories of crime and deviance / Patterns in crime in the United Kingdom: Sato Shiori
2.Victims and perpetrators / Prisons, punishment and rehabilitation / Crime in global context / Conclusion: Takahashi Kei

7/23 Politics, Government and Social Movements
1. Political sociology: Tsuchiya Rina
2. The global spread of democracy / Social movements and social change / Conclusion: Yasuda Nao

7/30 Nations, War and Terrorism
1. Nations and nationalism: Yokoyama Kai
2. War, genocide and peace processes / Terrorism / Conclusion: Yoshioka Tadashi

3. Final Essay

Submit an essay on the topic of your presentation. Write about 1000 words.
Details will be annunced later.

Grading: Attendance (25%), Presentation and participation in discussion (25%), and final essay (50%)