Multicultural Japan: Global & Transnational Sociology

Course Description

This course explores how globalization and transnationalism affect Japanese society, focusing on the transnational mobility of people, in other words, migration. We will explore the experiences of migrants and try to understand how ethnicity and nationalism are affecting their lives, as well as gender and social class.
Immigrants in the nation-states are often treated unequally in various fields such as politics, economies, education, etc. In the time of Covid-19, the gap between the immigrants and the majority may further widen in terms of the provision of information, medical care, education, etc. In this course, we will also pay attention to such recent situations.

Globalization, Transnationalism, Immigrants, Refugees, Ethnicity, Nationalism, Multicultural Society, Immigrant Integration, Minority, Equality, Equity, Social Inclusion/Exclusion

Expected Outcomes

The aim of this course is to learn the basic concepts and theories in the field of transnational sociology such as ethnicity, nationalism, migration, integration, equality, inclusion/exclusion, etc. and discuss them in class to improve understanding.


Lectures including pair/group work

Notes on Registration

・ Students will be expected to read the articles before each class.
・ Students will be expected to actively participate in and contribute to pair/group work.


* The course schedule is subject to change depending on the number of students and their interests.

  Part I Transnational Sociology: Overview  
1Introduction and Guidance
・Globalization and Methodological Nationalism
・Global/Transnational Phenomena  
・Scope, Objectives, Expected Outcomes of this Course
2Transnational Mobility and the Nation-States
・Key concepts
Immigrants and Refugees, EthnicityNationalism and National Identity, Citizenship, Nationalities, Racism etc.
  Part II Transnational Experiences  
・Comparative Family Studies
・Transnational Networks of Migrants
・The Meanings of Families  
4Identity and Belonging
・Media and Identity of Immigrant Youth  
・Educational Policies and Practices in Multicultural Society
・Educational Inequality
  ・ (un)enrollment
  ・Academic Performance
  ・Educational Achievement  
6Labor Market
・Ethnicity and Social Structure
・The Second Generation of Immigrants and Labor Market  
  Part III Intersectionality  
7Gender and Ethnicity
8Social Class and Ethnicity
・Immigrant Household in Poverty  
9Majority’s Attitude toward Immigrants
・National IdentityXenophobia  
  Part IV Students Presentations  
10Students Presentations (1)
11Students Presentations (2)
12Students Presentations (3)


To be announced.


  • Minute Report (Questions and Comments)(40%)

Students will be expected to give comments or raise questions after class every week.

We learn a lot from other students’ views and opinions. In order to deepen our understandings, your questions and comments may be shared anonymously in the next class.

  • Presentation(60%)

Each student will be expected to give a presentation.