Spring 2011 Topical Courses
Art Hist 2000 (801) Exhibition Planning, Design and Development
The focus of this course is to provide a practical overview of all the proper procedures and stages to manage and develop exhibitions. The course will take students through different phases required in the process to present an exhibition right from its purpose, conceptual development, presentation aesthetics, spatial organization and audience analysis, to logistics like proper handling of art objects and installation techniques, Public Relations and Marketing, security, interpretation material and publications, necessary in the creation of a "total" exhibition experience. This course will involve regular visits to museums and galleries. In class, a wide range of exhibitions, permanent and temporary, from around the world will be discussed as case studies, including museums and galleries, interpretation centres, festivals and trade fairs.
Art Hist 2010 (801) The Genesis of Christian Art
It is no exaggeration to say that Western art history has been in debt to Christian art for centuries. Christian art emerged in the Roman Empire about 200 CE. Originally a cult from Palestine, Christianity was forbidden in the Empire and occasionally persecuted. Following some Jewish precedents, like the second of the Ten Commandments, early Christians opposed the worship of 'idols,' yet it was a cultural era steeped in pagan and imperial images. In this course, we will study how Christian art emerged from late antiquity to the Christian Triumph (fourth century CE) in the socio-cultural contexts of the Roman world.
As St 2000 (802) Manga in Japanese Popular Culture
The rich and varied world of Japanese manga and anime represent some of the most important cultural products to appear in Japan in the post war period, and an increasingly important part of global popular culture. This course offers a thematic study of manga as Japanese pop cultural texts, adopting an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from the fields of history, art history, anthropology, sociology, and literature and film. Each class a new issue from within the history of manga will be examined to give a valuable insight into key aspects of Japanese culture.
As St 3000 (801) Crime Deviance, and Social Control in Japan
A sociological consideration of the ways in which institutions are organized to police and sanction asocial and illicit behavior provides a deeper understanding of the societal priorities and the beliefs that define the parameters of normalcy in society. This course will examine Japanese crime and deviance in a comparative perspective, looking at factors such as the institutional control of deviance, policing practices and the application of social sanctions to asocial/criminal behavior. The course will particularly address the political implications of how deviant identity is socially constructed and expressed through subcultures in the shadow of Japanese mainstream society. Issues such as organizational deviance (corporate crime), the Yakuza's role in society (and relation to mainstream institutions), sexuality, youth subcultures, drug use and juvenile delinquency will be analyzed in the context of contemporary social change. We will also examine how counter-cultural priorities are being articulated through emerging media and transglobal networks, leading to novel forms of mediated identities and practices that defy institutional control.
As St 3000 (802) 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.
As St 4096 (802) Japanese Social Problems
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.
BTMM 3890 (801) TUJ Film Festival
Work on the TUJ Film Festival.
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.
Japanese 3010 (802) Interpreting and Communications
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.
Japanese 4296 (801) Business
Seminar in Japanese and Japan is a capstone course that builds on the solid foundation of advanced linguistics skills, socio-cultural knowledge, and critical thinking that students have acquired. It also marks their final stage of Japanese language learning. Three topics (Topic I: Socio-cultural, Topic II: Business, Topic III: Literature) are offered alternately and designed to allow students to select and pursue a topic of their interest. In the courses, students will learn to read critically and properly appreciate the original texts of a selected topic. While reading about socio-cultural aspects, topics/issues in business, or literature, students will further their understanding of Japanese language. Topic II has a special focus on business, and is designed to introduce students basic concepts and current issues of business both in the domestic and international markets. Students will explore basic concepts of business, building up new vocabulary items, examining major and important terms used in discussing business and reading short articles on current topics. Moreover, students will explore a variety of short articles concerning current topics in economics, politics, and business law as well, for business is tightly connected with these three topics. Lastly, students will also learn how to conduct, write, and present a simple version of secondary research paper on one of the topics in business.
Pol Sci 4310 (801) Democracy, Peace and Human Rights
In this seminar class we study the theory and practice of humanitarian intervention. We investigate the claim that a norm of humanitarian intervention has emerged in international society since the end of the Cold War, through case studies 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, and Darfur. 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 in general. 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) 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 3620 (801) Culture and Psychology
How does our cultural background influence our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? How do psychologists attempt to study human behavior in a global contest? To answer these questions we will examine the definitions and research methods in studying culture by psychologists. We will consider the role of relativism, universalism, and ethnocentrism as we explore indigenous psychologies. To do this we will focus on key studies, theories, and controversies to better understand cross-cultural and cultural psychology today.
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; please contact the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine appropriate background knowledge for the course. Note: there will be several required fieldtrips to museums and galleries in the Tokyo area.
As St 2096 (802) / FMA 3696 (801) Contemporary South Korean Cinema
South Korea boasts one of the world's strongest national cinemas and one of the few that are able to compete successfully with Hollywood. This course will examine recent South Korean filmmaking in terms of aesthetics, genre, culture, society, and politics. Through screenings and readings, we will look closely at how Korean films construct and question images of national identity, class, gender, and sexuality; how they reflect on the turbulent 20th-century history of Korea; and how they depict the tensions and contradictions of contemporary South Korean society. We will also explore the reasons for the critical and commercial success of Korean films both domestically and internationally. There will be a strong emphasis on exploring these themes through weekly writing and revision. Students will be required to develop their thinking about films through well-constructed analytical essays. Films screened will include both mainstream hits and art-house films by such directors as Im Kwon-taek, Hong Sang-soo, Kim Ki-duk, Lee Chang-dong, Park Chan-wook, and Bong Joon-ho.
Japanese 3010 (801) / As St 2000 (801) Japanese Communication and Culture II
This course focuses on more Pragmatics (the use of language in the real world).
Soc 3430 (801) / Jour 3701 (801) Mediated Perceptions of the Middle-East
Explores topics related to news gathering in the Middle-East and related regions. Explores how news is gathered by various agencies in the region, with special emphasis on international perceptions and conflicts. Evaluates the impact of emerging agencies such as Al Jazera.
Wom St 3000 (801) / Psych 3620 (802) / As St 3000 (803) 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.