Fall 2008 Topical Courses
Am St 2120 (801) American Popular Music: Politics and Culture
An examination of the ways in which popular music has been used in America to articulate and support political ideologies and how that music often plays an integral role in the advancement of social and political causes. The course will focus primarily on the twentieth century, with particular emphasis on the urbanized folk music of the 1930s to the 1960s and on rock music from the 1950s to the present.
Am St 4097 (801) 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) Architectural Design Studio in Japan
This architectural design studio uses its location in the vibrant heart of Tokyo to help students develop important architectural design concepts, and to prepare them for the responsibility of shaping built environment on micro and macro scales. Students are asked to respond to the program of studio projects posed, understand the unfamiliar environment of Tokyo, identify important issues involved, and develop appropriate solutions. Emphasis is placed on skills critical to success in the architectural profession such as creative thinking, problem identification, concept articulation, and presentation using sketches, diagrams, drawing and CAD tools. The work of architects today is set against the global backdrop of severe environmental degradation and inequitable development. This course will seek to sensitize students to the sociological, ethical, financial, environmental implications of their future work and responsibility in an ever-shrinking global community. Design involves analyzing as well as synthesizing requirements of a client or community, and developing creative solutions to positively contribute to the future of individuals and communities. Strategies in goal setting, site planning, architectural and urban design, landscape and environmental design will be explored.
Arch 3070 (801) / GUS 3000 (801) / As St 2000 (803) Architecture and Urbanism in Japan
This course provides students an overview of architecture and urbanization in historic and contemporary Japan. Economic, socio- political and technological forces that have shaped the built environment and architecture in Japan are discussed. The work of contemporary architects in Japan is studied and analyzed. The course is intended to be a theoretical and analytical complement to the Architecture Design Studio. Analyzing and understanding the history of architecture in any culture is essential to creating appropriate architecture for the future. A systematic study of such developments in various cultural contexts opens the doors to creative thinking endeavors in the global as well as local contexts. This course also encourages students to undertake comparative analysis of design in Japan and in their home countries. The students are expected to engage in dialogue on the topics covered in class in an informed and thoughtful manner, and also be able to provide constructive criticism of the ideas presented by their classmates. A well researched term paper and presentation on a selected topic is required of all students.
Art Hist 2100 (801) Russian Avant Garde
To be announced.
As St 2000 (801) Youth and Deviant Subcultures in Japan
To be announced.
As St 2000 (802) 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.
As St 2000 (804) Japan in the Global Economy: Focus on East Asian Economic Development
This course is a survey of the international political economy of East Asia, concentrating on Japan's role in the economic development of the region. The course examines the political and economic dynamics of the region and relates these to the political economy of Japan and the rest of East Asia. It focuses on four strands of thought, which are deemed important in understanding Japan's role in the economic development of the East Asian Region. The strands are: shared growth; the flying geese model; self-help efforts; and economic integration of East Asia. The course also aims to promote an attitude of critical thinking towards such issues.
As St 2000 (805) The Japanese Economy
To be announced.
As St 3000 (803) Social Capital in Rural Asia
This course will provide a framework of analyzing the asset of the asset-poor. This asset is called social capital, and as a case study, this course will focus on the asset-poor in rural Asia. The course will provide an introduction to social network analysis, which is one of the major tools used to analyze social capital. The methodology would be general enough and has been applied to different fields, such as management, politics, and business/economics.
BTMM 3890 (801) TUJ Podcast
This course is designed to give students an introduction to digital storytelling through the medium of recorded audio. The course is structured to offer a balanced mix of critical study of "audio feature stories" and technical production of such works. Exploration into this well established and exciting mode of communication will take place in a studio which features sophisticated, yet simple to use, software applications and digital equipment. Prior experience with audio production is not required, but an eagerness to learn and a desire for creative expression is. A major goal of the course is that student projects will be distributed to the world beyond the classroom - and even beyond the borders of Japan. Exemplary student work during the course will be submitted for submission to the TUJ Podcast (TUJPOD), or to the ongoing TUJ student radio program. Attention will also be paid to the following areas: the creative process, historical and legal issues related to radio broadcasting, the recent emergence and significance of podcasting as a communication tool, and future trends in this rapidly evolving medium.
FMA 2670 (801) Topics in Film Study: Learning through Mistakes - The Incredible Horrors of Filmmaking
In this course we will examine the possible pitfalls in filmmaking by analyzing movie history's infamous moments. With special attention to exploitation, trash and fringe filmmaking, but also with an eye on the world's biggest flops, we will anatomize the problems and reveal possible reasons of such alleged cinematic disasters. The student filmmaker soon will discover that - at today's standards and considering the auteur's strong spirit - many, but not all of these productions are actually so terrible and how easily even the most obvious, ridiculous mistakes can occur. Consequently he/she will acquire knowledge and strategies to avoid similar flaws in his/her own productions. Crossing through a variety of genres, periods and countries, among our topics will be the world's most "horrible" scenarios, dialogues, acting, editing, continuity, photography, lighting, sets, costumes, props, make-ups and soundtracks.
Hist 4696 (801) / As St 4096 (801) The Japanese Occupation of Southeast Asia
A focus on Japan's occupation of Southeast Asia between 1942 and 1945 and related topics.
Japanese 3000 (801) 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 3000 (802) 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 4182 (801): Oral Intensive III for Advanced Non-native speakers of Japanese
(Prerequisite: Japanese 3002 or permission of the instructor)
This course introduces both theoretical and practical aspects of oral skills in Japanese, and is intended and designed for students who have successfully completed Japanese Advanced II and are now ready to move up to the final stage of language learning, their mastery of Japanese. In the course, students are first introduced to a theoretical frame, and mechanics/structures of different genres of speech forms. As a practicum, they perform or present their speech in class. Students are expected (1) to learn and master proper locutions, (2) to distinguish and use/vary different dictions to suit the audiences/settings, and (3) to be accustomed to "spontaneous talks." Note that though the course title bears "Oral Intensive," this course requires students' advanced reading/writing skills in order to prepare their speech scripts.
NMIC 4020 (801) Electronic Media in Live Performance
The relationship between the media and live performance is becoming a more serious question as our technology increases. How much does the media encroach upon the "purist" artistic realm of live performance? Are the lines being blurred through, for example, Internet sites that host live performances in virtual reality? Are rock concerts becoming merely "carbon copy" productions of their videos that dominate the music channels? The mediatization of live performance will explore some of the related theories that help to explain this exploding phenomenon along with an exploration and analysis of live performances in and around Tokyo and on the Internet.
NMIC 4040 (801) / FMA 4240 (801) Tokyo Stories
The program utilizes New Media technology and Locative Media approaches. The class originated at Temple University Japan, and is part of the New Media Interdisciplinary Concentration major. The goal of the course is to introduce students to the concept of locative media by researching and creating a set of connected annotations about a specific neighborhood of the city. Students will use methods of cultural and visual anthropology to document facets of these neighborhoods with text, pictures and recordings. These place-based annotations will be connected and archived using a variety of digital technologies (primarily the web and mobile telephones). Students will view examples of current "best practices" in locative media, and create group projects that will add to a Temple map archive of urban narratives. Students will create their own narratives from sets of "connected annotations" that define a path through the city.
Pol Sci 4320 (801) / As St 3000 (801) "The History Question" in Contemporary Japan: Politics, Society and International Relations
To be announced.
Pol Sci 4320 (802) / As St 3000 (802) TBA: Something on Asia-Pacific
To be announced.
Psych 3620 (801) Psychopathology Across Cultures: Ceremonies, Symbols and Rituals from Birth to Death
Why is the color white associated with weddings and black associated with funerals? How are the Jewish ritual of Bar Mitzvah and the Japanese Coming of Age Day related? What does water symbolize in Christian baptism? Why do some cultures cremate their dead while others forbid such practices? This topics seminar will explore the universal human experience of constructing ceremonies, symbols and rituals to mark the life cycle events of birth, coming of age, marriage and death. We will study each of these developmental milestones from a psychological perspective and explore diverse practices and traditions that exist around the world to mark these developmental milestones. This seminar will be an interactive exploration that will offer participants the opportunity to understand their own development in cultural context and learn about other customs and traditions around the globe.
Wom St 2197 (801) / Engl 2197 (801) TBA
To be announced.