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In additional to applying via the University of Michigan Careers website, applicants are required to fill out the departmental application: In order to be considered for this position, both applications must be completed by the deadline. The departmental application includes:

  • Basic academic and professional information
  • A resume/CV
  • An unofficial transcript

Course Description

Applicants to this posting will be considered for one 35% GSI position in ASIAN 201.

ASIAN 201: Society and Culture in Contemporary Japan

In the American imagination, Japan often occupies a liminal position -- it is “modern” but not “Western,” and Japanese culture might seem recognizable but also very different. This course is a general introduction to the forms and patterns of postwar Japanese culture. This course offers an introduction to Japanese social structures, cultural patterns, and recent shifts in the last two decades.

First engaging common American perceptions and misperceptions of Japanese people and culture, we explore major social trends including the education system, family organization, styles of intimacy, and patterns of work. Constantly challenging American images of Japanese people, we analyze shared commonalities and cross-cutting differences, ideologies and practices, tools of control and efforts at resistance. The course aims to expose students to enduring social patterns, the range of Japan’s diversity, and concepts in social theory applicable to other cultural contexts.

Course Requirements:

Lecture Participation: 10% of final grade Section Participation: 25% of final grade Short Writing Assignments: 15% of final grade First Paper: 15% of final grade Second Paper – first draft: 15% of final grade Second Paper – second draft: 20% of final grade

Intended Audience:

This course is designed for students of all backgrounds. Although students with a particular interest in Japan are welcome to enroll, no background knowledge is required. This course is open to all students and requires no Japanese language abilities.


Lead two weekly discussion sections; attend lecture twice a week; grade all assignments in a timely manner and keep accurate records; attend regular meetings with the lead instructor of the course; assist in final grading and assessment at the end of the term.

Students who have not previously been a GSI for the College of LSA will be required to complete the online CRLT GSI Teaching Orientation on due August 26.

Please consult the LSA Course Guide or email the instructor directly for the most up-to-date information about the planned format of the lecture portion of this course. It is assumed that all discussion sections will be available to students in a remote format (this may be synchronous or asynchronous, to be determined in consultation with the lead faculty for the course and in response to student needs). After hiring, GSIs will be asked if they want to offer an in-person component of some or all discussion sections, but this is not expected or required.

Required Qualifications*

Previous coursework in Asian studies or Anthropology. LSA student enrolled in a graduate program. Students whose undergraduate degree is from an institution where the language of instruction is not English must have already taken or currently be enrolled in the English Language Institute’s ELI 994. The student must have a passing score of 4 on the Oral English Test (OET). 


Desired Qualifications*

Undergraduate degree in Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Anthropology, History, or International Studies. LSA student enrolled in a graduate program. Enrollment in a graduate program focused on Asian studies or a related discipline to the content of the course.  Previous experience in higher education instruction, preferably within the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Contact Information

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Decision Making Process

Graduate Student Instructor positions are only open to current or matriculating University of Michigan graduate students.

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Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of ASIAN 201. The primary instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the department and a department administrator will then authorize the appointment paperwork.

GEO Contract Information

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Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions. In the event that an employee does not receive their preferred assignment, they can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agents(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.