Summer 2010 Topical Courses

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

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.

Anthro 3310 (811) Summer Institute: Japanese Social Problems

Sociocultural Problems in Anthropology provides a critical perspective into contemporary Japanese social problems, with particular emphasis on youth and popular culture. The focus of this course is to develop a nuanced understanding of contemporary Japanese society, by incorporating substantial fieldwork in collaborative research projects addressing social problems facing youth today. Youth issues are of global concern, as they reflect the structural dislocations of late modernity, but in Japanese society they are often conceived to reflect 'uniquely Japanese' particularities of the local culture. These issues underlie the production or consumption of popular culture, and in Japan have come to be expressed in social problems facing youth, as they respond to the challenges of social change. The topics to be covered in the course will include Hikikomori (shut-ins), Otaku (nerds, maniacs), NEET (youth not in education, employment or training), Freeters (youth in part-time employment), Parasite Singles (youths staying in their family home even after gaining employment), Futoko (children not attending education) and Kikokushijo (returnee chidren from overseas). Through studying these topics, students will learn to critically contexualize important social issues in Japan from anthropological perspectives, with reference to issues of age, gender, sexuality, family, class, education, labor, health, ethnicity and globalization.

Art 4648 (811) Digital Painting

To be announced.

Art Hist 2100 (811) / Wom St 2000 (811) / As St 2000 (811) Images of Women in Japanese Art

To be announced.

As St 2000 (813) Summer Institute: Manga in Japanese Popular Culture

This interdisciplinary course offers a thematic study of manga, which are increasingly viewed as an established visual culture and constituting global subculture. The course will deconstruct manga as textual artifacts of Japanese pop culture, drawing from the fields of history, art history, anthropology, sociology, literature, and film. During each class, a new issue related to manga is examined to give valuable insight into key aspects of Japanese culture. It is expected that students learn to make critical analysis of this literary genre through contextualizing its production as well as consumption in Japan and abroad. Topics include the art historical origins of manga; the variety of manga characters, genres and their relation to social and technological development; the comics and rebellion of the 1950s and 1960s, and the birth of the otaku subculture; the relation of manga to computer games; and their adaptation in contemporary Japanese TV and cinema. The course considers works by Osamu Tezuka, Shigeru Mizuki, Hayao Miyazaki and Taiyo Matsumoto, among others.

The Ethnography of Japan

To be announced.

As St 3000 (813) Summer Institute: Anime in Japanese Popular Culture

The rich and varied world of Japanese anime (animation) has produced some of the most important cultural products to appear in Japan in the postwar period, and has established itself as a part of global popular culture. Students are expected to critically examine the themes and representations in anime works in relation to the historical and socio-cultural contexts of postwar Japan, in order to gain insights into how and why it has gained global significance as a subculture. Topics to be covered include the historical development of the production reception of anime, in relation to media, visual arts, and technology; the themes, characters, and representation in major works and their symbolic meanings in the Japanese as well as global context. The course includes analyses of major anime producers such as Hayao Miyazaki, Katsuhiro Otomo, Mamoru Oshii and Reiji Matsumoto, among others. Each class is based on close readings of specific anime, supported by texts, lectures, discussions, presentations, interviews with directors, and background documentaries. Students will be able to avail themselves of the opportunities afforded by the film culture of Tokyo, and will visit anime production studios, festivals/conventions devoted to anime, and meet prominent anime producers at their site of production.

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, Masahiro Shinoda, Kinji Fukasaku, Nobuo Nakagawa, Hideo Nakata, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Satoshi Kon and others.

FMA 2670 (811) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Western Genre

To be announced.

Hist 4696 (811) / As St 4096 (811) 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.

Japanese 3000 (811) 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 (812) 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 (813) Romantic Love: From Love in The Tale of Genji to Cross-Cultural Marriage

Romantic love is often thought of a purely personal matter. However, romantic love is both personal and social and strongly influenced by socio-economic and religious constraints as well as women's status in society. In Ancient Greece the love between men was highly cherished. In the 12th century Europe, the love between an unmarried knight and a married lady (including a queen) was celebrated as most romantic. It was only in the 19th century that young people from upper class could marry for love. Those changes regarding love were due mainly to social changes. Similar changes occurred in Japan. For example, when The Tale of Genji was written in early 11th century, an extra-marital love was acceptable. But in the Edo period, such love was a crime punishable by death. This course examines the possibilities for, and restrictions on, love and marriage in Japan in different periods using literary texts as a starting point of discussion. The course takes an historical approach, but more contemporary issues as the effects of sexual revolution in 1960's and the popularity of cross-cultural marriages in recent years are also examined.

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

This course provides native speakers of Japanese with an opportunity to improve their reading, communication strategies and skills in a variety of topics and situations consisting of different degrees of formality. The use of honorific expressions will be reviewed in meaningful and appropriate contexts as well. Moreover, the course will deal with a variety of speech acts (e.g., apologizing, requesting, refusing, accepting, complaining, negotiating, and complimenting) in different situations, discussion and debate based on the reading materials (current issues in international business), oral presentations, public speeches at different types of ceremonies, meetings, parties, and interviews.

Japanese 4182 (811) Advanced Japanese Reading for Non-Native Speakers

This course is designed for advanced learners of Japanese whose proficiency level is equivalent to JLPT Level 2 or above. It builds on the solid foundation of advanced linguistics skills, socio-cultural knowledge, and critical thinking that students have acquired in the course of learning Japanese. In this course, students will be introduced to a variety of Japanese reading materials (e.g., magazine articles, newspaper, comics, essays, novels) in order to develop/improve their reading skills and comprehension. By reading the original texts in Japanese, students are expected to build up their vocabulary as well as deepen their understanding of Japanese language and culture.

Pol Sci 4320 (812) / As St 2000 (812) 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.

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.

Pol Sci 4320 (811) / As St 3000 (811) Japan in the 21st Century

To be announced.

Soc 2130 (811) Summer Institute: Japanese Youth and Popular Culture

This seminar addresses the convergence of youth and popular culture, highlighting the performative aspects of youth subcultures in contemporary Japanese society. The course will examine how youth and popular culture are situated in relation to work, educational and political institutions, and find expression in consumer society, both invigorating and responding to mass media representation and its byproducts. With "Cool Japan," coming to reframe the image of Japan internationally in popular culture rather than economic/political terms, the influence of youth culture is growing in influence and significance globally. Japanese mass-media (anime, J-pop, manga), and design are generating both popular attention and scholarly discourses, contributing to our understanding of how globalization is bridging gaps between societies and establishing new modes of life in post-modern societies. The course will look at mass media (music, film, television), the intensive communities of on-line cybculture and digital media networks, racial and political representation in Japanese Hip Hop and Punk music, the style subcultures of Goth[Lolita], Cos-play and their subcultural networks, and examine how youth culture embodies and creates new forms of cultural innovation in these various realms. Through qualitative collaborative research projects, the course will allow students experiential opportunities to understand Japanese popular culture on its own terms. Taking advantage of TUJ's central-Tokyo location and association with popular culture networks in art, media and design, the course will include ethnographic site visits, and lectures by noted authorities on Japanese popular culture (including cultural innovators and producers).

Psych 3620 (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.