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SOSCI Seminar Japanese Food


Admission requirements

This course is only accessible for BA Japanstudies students.


Food and drink are core aspects of private and public life in Japan, and they serve as potent national symbols. This course will explore contemporary Japanese cuisine from a historical perspective, paying particular attention to the political forces that shaped its content and the way it is perceived in Japan and abroad. The course will examine a broad spectrum of topics, from rice agriculture and home cooking to the use of cuisine in nation branding.

Course objectives

The main objective of this course is to nurture students’ understanding of the impact of historical forces on daily life in contemporary Japan. In addition, the course will introduce students to the key concepts in the historical study of food. Finally, the course is intended to help students in developing academic skills, in particular writing academic papers.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


Participation element (including assignments): 30%
Paper proposal (midterm): 15%
Analytical element (paper 2000 words) 55%


The final grade is established by determining the weighted average of all elements. In order to pass the course, all elements must receive a passing grade (6 or higher).


Two deadlines will be provided for the paper submission. Feedback for the paper will be provided only to those students who will submit by the first deadline. Students who do not submit paper proposals will have an opportunity to submit a book review assignment (to be determined by the instructor). Participation element does not offer a resit opportunity

Inspection and feedback

Students will have an opportunity to make an appointment with the instructor to discuss the graded paper.

Reading list

Readings will be available for download from BrightSpace or via the University Library.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.


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