Fall 2011 Topical Courses
As St 3000 (801) Japanese Literature and the Atomic Bomb
The U.S. nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 reverberate to this day in the literature of Japan. In this course, students will read works of fiction and poetry by survivors addressing the atomic aftermath, view documentary videos describing the development and deployment of nuclear weapons, and study feature-length films depicting the bombings. The goal is to develop an understanding of a literature of trauma that struggles to remember, represent, and redeem the dehumanizing effects of atomic warfare. All readings are in English translation.
FMA 2670 (801) Fringe Films and B-Movies
In this course we will examine the "art" and "unart" (a German expression for "misbehavior") of low and super-low budget filmmaking by analyzing a selection of movie history's most notorious moments. With special attention to trends in B-Movies, exploitation, trash and fringe filmmaking, we will anatomize the challenges and possibilities of such a cinematic approach. The student soon will discover those movies' creators' strong author's spirit, shameless ways of dealing with stereotypes and taboos, and quirky creativity. Consequently the student will acquire knowledge of techniques how to titillate an audience's palate despite poor funding and supplies - and that is by no means a matter of little significance for a beginning media professional!
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) Interpreting and Intercultural Communication
The aim of this course is to familiarize students with high level of language proficiency in both Japanese and English with the world of interpreting and cross cultural communication. The course is designed to equip students with some basic consecutive interpreting skills between Japanese and English through practical exercises and workshops in class: Mental Agility (memory development and concentration enhancement), Language control (accuracy, choice of vocabulary, structure, background knowledge of the topic), Note taking skills, Delivery (public speaking skills, clarity of voice and enunciation, self-control and flow, non-verbal communication). The class will focus on practice but the students will also learn about the theories of intercultural communication based on a selected text book. A good cross-cultural communicator is required with the ability to analyze information, construe meaning and re-express what they understood for the listeners in another language and cultural context. They must serve as important liaisons to bridge gaps in understanding that arise from cultural differences. The goal of this course is to help students gain and develop skills and insights to become effective communicators in today's global environment.
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.
Pol Sci 4310 (801) Seminar in International Politics: Case Studies in Humanitarian Intervention
In this seminar class we study the theory and practice of humanitarian intervention. Is it ever justifiable to intervene in the domestic affairs of another sovereign state? If so, when, and for what reasons? We consider the possibility that a norm of humanitarian intervention has emerged in international society since the end of the Cold War, by examining case studies of most of the major interventions that have taken place in the last twenty years. Case studies include Iraq 1991, Somalia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq 2003, Darfur and the ongoing case of Libya. Students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of each of the specific cases listed above, and develop the capacity to evaluate the legality, legitimacy and effectiveness of humanitarian intervention. We will study the UN Charter in detail, and consider the extent to which the 'responsibility to protect', an influential concept that has been endorsed by the UN, can guide us in our future debates about when to intervene in other sovereign states for human protection purposes.
Pol Sci 4896 (801) Advanced International Relations
A seminar course that focuses on international history and international relations theory. This will include the discussion of the two main theories Realism and Liberalism and topics such as war, nationalism, globalization, and international organizations.
Psych 4696 (801) Social Identity: Exploring Connections Between Individual, Groups, and Contexts
This course examines Social Identity Theory (SIT) and research and literature related to SIT. We will examine different social identities - ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class - to understand interrelationships between individual, groups, and contexts, and the impact of social identities on the choices and actions people make and take. This course is designed to assist students in (1) exploring the development of a major theory in social psychology and the scope of its application, as well as newer interpretations advanced by later research, (2) understanding and critically analyzing literature related to SIT, (3) writing analytical research papers related to SIT. The course is student-centered, and students are required to participate actively and take the lead in class seminars and discussions.
Art Hist 2097 (801) / As St 2096 (801) Modern and Contemporary Japanese Art
The course explores visual cultures of modern and contemporary Japan (1868 to the present). Students will examine the conceptual complexity as well as the historical diversity of modern Japan's visual culture through critical readings and close visual analysis of actual works. The course will be conducted as a seminar, and each student will find a research topic of his or her interest that will result in an oral presentation and a written paper at the end of the semester. Previous course(s) in art history and/or Japanese studies is strongly recommended. Note: there will be several required fieldtrips to museums and galleries in the Tokyo area.
As St 2000 (801) / Jour 3701 (801) International Journalism and World Perceptions
A survey of how the international press covers contemporary political and social issues in today's media.
As St 2096 (802) / 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.
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.
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.
Wom St 3000 (801) / Psych 3620 (801)/As St 3000 (802) Prejudice and Discrimination in Japan
Japan is a country where discrimination and prejudice towards certain groups are not really visible to the public or part of public awareness, even for the very groups that discriminate against others. However, Japan has been going through social, economic, and institutional transitions which highlight the experience of groups that suffer discrimination and prejudice. This course focuses on how certain groups in Japan experience discrimination and prejudice - groups such as women, people with infectious diseases, foreign workers and residents, ethnic minority groups (buraku, ainu, zainichi), and people with physical and mentally disabilities. The course analyzes the nature of existing discrimination and prejudice from psychological perspectives and theories.
Wom St 3000 (802) / Psych 3620 (802) / As St 3000 (803) Intercultural Marriage
This is an introduction to the major social and psychological aspects of Japanese-Western intercultural marriage. A brief historical introduction covers relevant aspects of general Japanese-Western interaction in history, as well as present-day Japanese attitudes towards Westerners (and vice versa). Different phases of reciprocal adjustment will be discussed, as well as the salient social and psychological reasons for potential conflicts in an intercultural marriage. Major factors are: differences in customs and values, male and female role expectations, living conditions, the role of the in-laws, medical matters, language, religion, politics, communication problems, need for friends, finances, social class. When raising their children, interculturally married parents may be challenged by differing attitudes towards being a father and a mother, education; and the children's feeling that they are "different" from other children. Despite many problems, intercultural marriage can be a tremendous positive challenge, which offers many chances for greater personal growth and deeper human and cultural understanding.