Summer 2008 Topical Courses

Japanese 3000 (811) / As St 2000 (811) Literary Japanese-English Translation

In this course, we will be examining historical theories of literary translation as well as history of Japanese literature in English translation. We will also do comparative readings of translations done on literary texts written by authors such as Murasaki Shikibu, Natsume Soseki, Yosano Akiko, and other representative Japanese writers. Original Japanese texts will demand high level of reading proficiency. Theoretical readings will be in English.

As St 2000 (812) Japan in the Global Economy: A Comparative View of the Japanese Corporate Structure

This course will focus on the stylized features of the Japanese corporate structure, which have been identified as the sources of competitiveness. Each stylized feature will focus on a certain relationship of the firm with its stakeholders (i.e., bank, owners, laborers, suppliers, customers, and the government). By way of giving a point of reference, these features will be compared with the more conventional features of corporate structure.

As St 2096 (811) / FMA 3696 (811) Japanese Pop Culture Film

Recently Japanese cinema has been widely recognized in the world by its pop culture aspects such as anime, horrors and yakuza (gangster) films. We will examine the Japanese pop culture sensibilities, aesthetics and strategies seen in cinema since the 1960s to the present in the above-mentioned genres. Directors to be discussed will include Takeshi Kitano, Seijun Suzuki, Masahiro Shinoda, Kinji Fukasaku, Nobuo Nakagawa, Hideo Nakata, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Satoshi Kon and others.

Pol Sci 4320 (811) / As St 3000 (811) Special Relationships: The USA and its Alliances with Britain and Japan, from the Cold War to the Iraq War

This is an experimental course in contemporary alliance politics. We shall place the US.highly important dealings with both London and Tokyo within their broad international context and then examine in detail the development of Anglo-American and US-Japan ties from the Truman Presidency to the final years of the George W. Bush era. We will look at political, military, diplomatic, economic and cultural activities on the assumption that the US and its key allies worked closely in a range of areas. In addition to the two alliances we shall also see top what extent Anglo Japanese ties may constitute a further political link that completes a strategic triangle. No background knowledge is assumed.

As St 3000 (812) Urban Poor Communities in Southeast Asia: Metropolitan Manila

This course will provide an introduction to social network analysis, which is the main methodology that is used in the case study to be highlighted in this course, namely, urban poor communities (with emphasis on the case of the Metro Manila, Philippines). Network analysis will clarify the kinship relationships among different family units in an urban poor setting, and the emergence of a community. The methodology could be general enough to be applied to other urban poor communities.

BTMM 3890 (811) 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 (811) Breaking Stereotypes - Gender Benders In Film

In this course we will examine how, why and to which effect courageous Western and Asian filmmakers in their most controversial works have tried to challenge the public by introducing as their protagonists so-called "gender benders" - people who transcend conventional gender roles. These movies were produced despite the obvious high financial risk: Genre films usually reconfirm gender stereotypes, because they have to harmonize with public attitudes or exploit social trends and process in a sensationalistic way to be successful with their target audience! By analyzing and evaluating these extraordinary productions, student filmmakers will understand the important relationship between message and success and gain tools to judge this risk for their own films. At the same time students will increase their intellectual repertoire for responding to sexism and other forms of social oppression by discussing the genetic, sexual, religious, socio-cultural, politico-economical implications of gender and how these might have been misused in society for the benefit of conservative powers.

NMIC 4040 (811) / FMA 4240 (811) 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.

Japanese 3000 (812) 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 (813) Introduction to Translating Japanese to/from English

This introductory translation course is designed for advanced learners of Japanese whose language proficiency level falls somewhere between JLPT Level 2 and Level 1 or equivalent. In this course, students will be provided with translation exercises whose themes are categorized to be non-academic materials. "Non-academic" in this course ranges from magazine articles, comics, advertisements, and instructional manuals to movie/animation subtitles. These non-academic genres are omnipresent in our daily life in Japan, which require our in-depth understanding of complex nuances of the Japanese language. The ultimate goal of this course, therefore, is to deepen as well as to broaden students' understanding of Japanese language structures and shades of meanings by translating and exploring different genres.

Japanese 4182 (811) Oral Skills for Native Speakers of Japanese

To be announced.

Psych 3620 (811) Forensic Psychology Topic (TBA)

To be announced.