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Japan: Population Issues and Society

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One of two partnering Japan programs which will travel jointly to Kyoto, Tokyo and Inayuma, the Population Issues and society program will offer students a four credit course in sociology with a focus on the impact of population increase on social, economic and cultural realities in Japan.

The program will begin with a stay in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital.  There students will be able to visit the city’s many temples, shrines and palaces as they explore the history and culture of Japan.  The group will then travel to see the famous Inayuma Castle and the Uraken Japanese Garden.

The final stop on the tour will be the ultra-modern, yet equally ancient city of Tokyo, where the group will be able to experience Kabuki theatre, explore the famous Ginza, Shibuya and Shinjuku districts and meet with Japanese students from Augustana partner schools in the city.   Along the way, students will visit with experts, and discuss the impact of a growing and aging population on infrastructure as well as culture.


Eligibility and program cap:  Requires sophomore status and a 2.00 GPA.  No prior study of Japanese language is required. The program will be capped at 14 students.

Course(s) and credits:  All students will enroll in SOAN 323: Population Problems (PS,G)  for four credits. It is not possible for students to enroll in both this course and the partner Asian studies course, only one of the two is possible.

Faculty contacts: For information on this program and the accompanying course, please contact M. Smith (sociology)

Dates: January 2020, with pre-departure orientation meetings required in Fall Semester 2019.

Budget and fees

Program fee: $4,625. Augie Choice eligible for juniors and seniors.

Includes: Airfare, ground transportation, lodging, meals, excursions and international travel health insurance.

Does not include: Discretionary spending.

Out of pocket estimate: $200-$500