Fall 2007 Topical Courses

Am St 2120 (801) Topics in American Culture: The History of Modern American Business

This course is intended to provide the student with a history of the development of the American economy with an emphasis on the part which business played in its development. Topics covered include the agricultural economy; the rise of manufacturing; the development of the corporation, the stock exchanges, finance capitalism, and the rise of banking; nineteenth century business cycles; the expansion of the American corporation in the years between the Civil War and the Great Depression; the overseas expansion of business and the development worker's capitalism in the 1920s; the changes produced by the Great Depression and the Second World War; and the rise of the modern economy with its trans-national connections, the movement towards deregulation, and the move from manufacturing to a service economy. Students will be introduced to a number of skills aimed at making them better able to understand the current American economy, to the use of historical data as a means of judging current trends in finance and business, and to some of the major web sites and journal literature on the subject. They will make written and oral presentations in which they defend their ideas, take a mid-term and a final exam, both of which will require students to answer essay questions, and write a short paper (10-15 pages) on a historical topic dealing with business or economic issues.

Am St 4097 (801) Senior Seminar in American Studies: America on Film

An investigation of the role of film in American culture. Film's role as a reflection of current American culture, with all of its ideological, political, and social blemishes, is explored in-depth, with an emphasis on how the vast myth-making power of film has given reinforcement, and occasionally birth, to such legendary American archetypes as the gangster, the cowboy, the war hero, and others. Film's influence on the deconstruction of these same mythologies is also addressed. Note, this is a Capstone W course. Special authorization is required for all students.

Arch 3020 (801) Special Topics Studio: Architectural Design Studio in Japan

To be announced.

Arch 3070 (801) / GUS 3000 (801) / As St 2000 (803) Architecture and Urbanism in Japan

To be announced.

As St 2000 (801) Special Topics in Asian Studies I: Deviance and Society

To be announced.

As St 2000 (802) Special Topics in Asian Studies I: Manga in Japanese Popular Culture

The rich and varied world of Japanese manga and anime represent some of the most important cultural products to appear in Japan in the post war period, and an increasingly important part of global popular culture. This course offers a thematic study of manga as Japanese pop cultural texts, adopting an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from the fields of history, art history, anthropology, sociology, and literature and film. Each class a new issue from within the history of manga will be examined to give a valuable insight into key aspects of Japanese culture.

BTMM 3890 (812) TUJ Film Festival

To be announced.

Pol Sci 4320 (801) / As St 3000 (801) China in International Politics

This course is designed to give students a detailed knowledge of the foreign policy and international relations of the Peoples' Republic of China. The course is not concerned with 'current affairs' as an end in themselves. Rather it addresses how China came to be in its current circumstances and how these circumstances can be understood or interpreted. The first half of the course is predominantly narrative and is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of key issues, trends and events in China's international relations from the 19th Century to the present day. The second half of the course is analytic and addresses thematic issues of relevance to the contemporary foreign policy of the PRC. Along with a detailed analysis of key issues and events in China's foreign policy the course requires students to engage with key concepts and arguments from the theoretical literature of the social sciences in general and from politics and international relations in particular.

Pol Sci 4320 (802) / As St 3000 (802) The Rise of Human Rights and the International Politics of Migration, Developmentalism and Gender

This course offers a synoptic view of the claims and realities of an international human rights regime. We will consider both the theoretical and practical sides to the emergence of Human Rights as an issue of increasing importance in contemporary international relations. There will be examinations of national, regional and global approaches as well as discussion of the roles of nation states, international agencies, NGOs and individuals in countering the immense challenges facing advocacy of global Human Rights. Particular attention will be placed on human and sexual trafficking, the problems of poverty and the position of women and children in the early 21st century. No background knowledge is assumed.

Pol Sci 4320 (803) / As St 3000 (803) Politics of Korea

To be announced.

Pol Sci 4320 (804) / As St 3000 (804) Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation in International Development

The course will highlight the situation of uprooted people in South East Asia and the role of state actors, civil society, humanitarian and development agencies to support human security and peacebuilding in the region. The course will explore the root causes of conflict and methods to assess the impact of aid on conflict, including: the Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment Methodology; the Aid for Peace Approach; conflict transformation mechanisms.

BTMM 3890 (801) Intermediate Topics in Media and Telecommunication Production: TUJ Film Festival I

To be announced.

BTMM 3890 (802) Intermediate Topics in Media and Telecommunication Production: TUJ Podcast I

Students are selected on the basis of professional qualifications and assigned to roles at the university Podcasting station.

Wom St 2197 (801) / Engl 2197 (801) Women in Literature

To be announced.

Rel 3000 (801) / Pol Sci 4210 (801) / Hist 3860 (801) The Laws and Politics of Islam

This survey course examines the laws and politics of Islam, the world's fastest growing religion that claims more than one billion adherents. It first introduces the basic beliefs and practices of Muslims and the scriptural sources of Islam, the Qur'an (Holy Book) and the Hadith (Prophet's deeds and sayings). It then historicizes Islam's origins in seventh century Arabia and its rapid spread from Morocco in the west to the Philippines in the east, from the steppes of Central Asia in the north to the banks of the Indian Ocean and deep into Africa in the south. The course surveys the development of its sacred body of laws (shari'a) that serve as an essential point of departure for the study of historical and contemporary Muslim societies. Particular attention is paid to personal status and family laws that continue to be upheld in most contemporary Muslim states, even largely secular ones. The final section of the course examines the political dimensions of Islam. It begins by examining the structure of an Islamic state and the relationship between its religious and political establishments in Islamic political theory to actual historical political factions engendered during the early history of Islam. It then focuses on Islam's challenge with modernism and the West in order to understand the complex and polemical phenomena of contemporary "revival" and "fundamentalist" Islamic political movements that have dominated recent global events. The course utilizes a diverse array of primary and secondary sources including Islamic scripture, legal manuals, theologians' works, Islamic and Western academic texts, and Islamic and Western commentators' opinion pieces and media articles. No prior background of the religion is assumed or expected.

Japanese 3000 (801) Special Topics in Japanese I: Introduction to Consecutive Interpreting I

This course focuses on improving the skills needed to provide English to Japanese and vice versa consecutive interpreting in various settings. It is designed to prepare bilingual individuals who have not previously served as interpreters, as well as those who have not received specific training. Students will learn consecutive interpreting techniques including memory retention, note-taking skills, terminology, and interpreter ethics.

Japanese 3000 (802) Special Topics in Japanese I: Japanese Communication and Culture I

This course focuses on Pragmatics (the use of language in the real world). The course attempts to raise students' awareness/consciousness about the fact that pragmatic rules of other languages are not always the same as those of their own, providing students with knowledge about how pragmatics rules operate in the Japanese speaking community and drawing their attention to mismatches and inconsistencies in behavior. The course deals with a variety of speech acts (e.g., greeting-parting, apologizing, requesting, refusing, accepting, complaining, negotiating, and complimenting), business discourse, paralinguistic features (e.g., gesture, facial expressions, distance, eye-contact), features of conversation (e.g., back channel cues, topic-change, turn-taking), Japanese culture including social distance and dominance, honorific expressions, pragmalinguistic failure and sociopragmatic failure.

Japanese 4182 (801) Japanese Independent Study I: Oral Intensive Japanese III

This course is the post advanced Japanese course for those who have finished Critical Language 271 (Advanced Japanese II) or equivalent level. Students will learn various techniques of reading, including intensive reading, extensive reading (speed reading) and newspaper reading. Reading materials will be taken not only from textbook but also authentic materials, such as magazines, advertisements, and newspapers. It is aimed to improve Kanji and grammar skills as well. Note, students will get credit for Critical Language 370, Japanese Independent Study I.

NMIC 4010 (801) Special Topics: Tokyo Stories I

To be announced.

Psych 3620 (801) Topics in Psychology: The Psychology of Groups

To be announced.