Summer 2009 Topical Courses

Am St 2120 (811) Protest and the American Political Tradition

To be announced.

As St 2000 (811) Youth and Deviant Subcultures in Japan

To be announced.

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.

Wom St 3000 (811) / Psych 3620 (811) / As St 3000 (813) Body Image Disturbances Among Females in Contemporary Societies

In contemporary societies such as the US and Japan, increasing numbers of young females are suffering from negative body image. In this topics seminar, we will learn about body image and body dissatisfaction, how it develops and what it leads to, and unique cultural aspects of body image in various countries. In addition, we will examine the role of males, family, peers, and the media in development and maintenance of body dissatisfaction. Moreover, potential prevention and intervention techniques will be discussed.

Prerequisites: For Psych or Psych Studies majors, Psych 1071 (0070), Psychology Science Requirement, and Psych 2196; For non-majors, Psych 1061 (C060) or permission of the instructor (waiver of the prerequisite requirements will be considered on a case by case basis for upper-class students who are non-psychology majors or study abroad students). Notes: Students may not concurrently register for more than one section of Psychology 3620 in the same semester.

Wom St 3542 (811) / Psych 3620 (812) / As St 3542 (811) Women and Society in Japan

In this course we will examine the reciprocal relationship between societal expectations and women's responses to social, cultural, and political changes in Japanese society. We will analyze how socio-cultural and political changes shape women's roles in society and explore the roles of women in terms of motherhood, family, and work. We will also examine the situation of women from minority groups such as Buraku, Ainu, Zainichi, and foreign women in Japan, and explore why their voices are silenced in contemporary Japanese society. The course will also explore contemporary gender-related social issues, such as reproductive health and the rights of women, prostitution, trafficking in persons, and domestic violence.

Prerequisites: Psychology 2196 (W123) and Psychology 2201 (0220), or permission of instructor for students who are not Psychology or Psychological Studies majors. Notes: Students may not concurrently register for more than one section of Psychology 3620 in the same semester.

BTMM 3890 (811) Non-linear Editing

Non-linear editing with Final Cut Pro.

FMA 3696 (811) To Be Announced

To be announced.

FMA 3770 (811) History of Japanese Pop Culture Films

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, Nobuo Nakagawa, Hideo Nakata, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Satoshi Kon and others.

Japanese 3000 (811) Introduction to Translating Japanese to / from English for Non-Native Speakers

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 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 4182 (811) Oral Skills for Native Speakers of Japanese

To be announced.

NMIC 4030 (811) Hearing Objects: Artificial Intelligence and Sound

To be announced.

NMIC 4040 (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.