Spring 2009 Topical Courses

As St 2000 (802) American Culture Abroad: Japan

In this course we will examine versions and varieties of American life that have become a part of Japanese society and culture. We have seen a tremendous curiosity for "things American" in Japanese daily life-but how has American culture taken shape in Japan? What kinds of transformations, reformulations and re-inventions have taken place? We will review Japanese adoptions and adaptations of language, "American" settings, architecture and design, foods and restaurants, clothing and fashions, popular films, television and advertising, and even holidays.

As St 2000 (801) Chinese Art History

The art and architecture of China from 3500 B.C. to the present. This class begins with ancient art found in tombs progressively turning to the formation of the empire and the introduction and development of the Buddhist tradition. In the later periods emphasis will be given to the painting traditions. Concluding with art in the 20th century, we will examine some of the ways China represents itself today.

Pol Sci 4320 (801) / As St 2000 (803) Japanese Politics Today

This course explores how Japan works. First, we will survey the structure of the policy making, resources that decision makers possess, and constraints that they face. Second, we will discuss political upheavals of the 1990s, their causes, and consequences. Finally, we will examine several areas of policy that have been at the center of debates. Topics include: political role of women; immigration; the media; and foreign relations.

As St 2000 (804) A Comparative View of Japanese Corporate Structure

To be announced.

As St 2096 (801) / FMA 3696 (801) Women in the Films of Mizoguchi, Ozu, and Naruse

This course will compare the ways in which three great directors - Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio Naruse - dealt with the roles and positions of women in Japanese society. Special focus will be placed on analyzing how formal and stylistic devices and performance function in constructing women characters. The student will learn to draw on aesthetic, historical, and feminist perspectives in order both to achieve a deeper and more complex understanding of how films create meaning and to articulate this understanding in writing.

Psych 3620 (801) / As St 3000 (801) Culture and Psychopathology

What is hikikomori? Why is suicide more prevalent in Japan than in the U.S.? Where are eating disorders increasing? Why is Prozac one of the most widely prescribed medications in the U.S.? What are the cultural factors that increase risk or protect individuals when they leave their home countries and make their way in foreign lands? In this topics seminar, we will explore the role of culture in psychopathology. We will consider ways in which culture can serve to protect or put individuals at risk for developing certain psychological disorders, explore ways in which cultural values and ideals contribute to defining the disorders of a population, and discuss cultural variables that shape how individuals with psychological disorders are treated in a society. Students will read scholarly works, popular press, and fictional novels that will serve as the basis for class discussions. This course will be conducted as a seminar that depends largely on participation in class discussion. Waiver of the pre-requisite requirements will be considered on a case by case basis for upper class students who are non-psychology majors or study abroad students. Please contact Dr. Pike: pike@tuj.ac.jp.

Psych 3620 (802) / As St 3000 (802) The Psychology of Groups

Group performance, processes, and dynamics are the focus of this course. Research methodology, group formation, group structure, cohesion, social influence and power, conflict, individual and group performance, decision making, and intergroup relations are among the topics covered.

Pol Sci 4320 (802) / As St 3000 (803) To be announced

To be announced.

As St 3000 (804) Japanese Music

An extensive introduction to hougaku, the traditional music and performing art of Japan. Apart from covering the basics of Japanese music history and its theory, the course concentrates on hougaku as a living tradition and includes frequent in-class live performances by some of Japan's best hougaku performers and much use of audiovisual materials.

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. Designed primarily for history majors, this course emphasizes research and writing skills. Seminar presentations and a research paper are required.

BTMM 3890 (801) / FMA 4250 (801) Running a Film Festival

To be announced.

FMA 2670 (801) 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 (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.

Japanese 3010 (801) Japanese Communication and Culture II

This course focuses on more Pragmatics (the use of language in the real world).

Japanese 3010 (802) Introduction to Consecutive Interpreting II for Non-Native Speakers of Japanese

To be announced.

Japanese 4182 (801) Oral Intensive III for Advanced Speakers

This course is the post advanced Japanese course for those who have finished Japanese 3002 (Critical Language 0271) 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 Japanese 4182, Japanese Independent Study I.

Pol Sci 4310 (801) Democracy, Peace and Human Rights

To be announced.

Pol Sci 4896 (801) Utopia

Aristotle defined Political Science as the study of constitutions. From the dawn of Political Science utopia or the ?absolutely best? constitution has been a fascinating object of a discipline which promises to give answers to how life should be organized. Utopia necessarily is both critique and hope. Plato's Republic, Augustine's the City of God, Thomas More's Utopia, Tommaso Campanella's The City of the Sun, Francis Bacon's The New Atlantis, Marx/Engels' The Communist Manifesto, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, and many more, by showing both pessimism in respect to the present and optimism in view of the future, have become part of our intellectual heritage. Some have mobilized millions, others have remained confined to small elitarian circles. Whatever the case, one thing is certain: as long as there is man there is utopia. And as long as there is utopia there is hope for man.

Psych 1110 (801) Shattered Brains and Fractured Minds: The Mind-Brain Connection

Explanations of phenomena seem to generate more interest of the general public when findings are related to the brain. However, this seductive appeal may lead to an uncritical acceptance of any evidence as long as it is related to the function of the brain. This course provides knowledge, and provokes the student's knowledge about the mind - brain relationship. Are they related and how? How does the brain create false mental experiences? When are cortical blind people able to "see"? Is there evidence that social processes, the body image or the self are represented in the brain? Are there gender differences in the brain and does it matter for behavior? Students will read literature on phenomena in patients with brain damage. We will elaborate on how these findings can help us understanding how the brain shapes our mental life. The course assumes no particular expertise on brain physiology or anatomy and is also accessible for non-psychology students.

THM 3320 (801) Special Topics in Hospitality Management

To be announced.