Spring 2012 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 2097 (801) / As St 2096 (802) Japanese Art and Visual Culture: 1945 to Present
This course examines the development of Japanese art and visual culture in the postwar period. Instead of providing a linear history of formal developments, this course thematically explores some of the major theoretical issues that surround contemporary Japanese art and visual culture. Critical readings will provide social, historical, and political contexts for understanding a broad range of visual cultural practices including art, fashion, design, graphic novels, and films. Through the course we will consider topics such as the question of modernity and the West in Japanese art; underground art and political dissent in the 1960s; the rise of mass culture and design; roles of gender, cuteness, and fantasy; and representations of otherness and the myth of homogeneity.
Art Hist 2800 (801) / As St 3000 (801) Art and the City: Tokyo in the 1960s and 1970s
This course looks at Tokyo in the 1960s and 1970s as a site of political negotiation, creative explosion, and new subject formations. The staging of the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 officially signaled the end of the post-war period for Japan. While so-called miraculous economic growth was accompanied by conservative ideals such as that of the homogenous middle class and cotemporaneous urban developments reorganized the urban environment to promote market activity at the exclusion of others, the 1960s and 1970s were also extremely productive decades for Tokyo, which became a stage for artistic, political, and sexual experimentation. Alongside increased political activism and direct action taken by students and workers, new developments in street performances, experimental theater works, graphic design, experimental cinema, and underground comics would irrevocably change the course of Japanese visual culture. Paying attention to the thick connections between artists working in various media and the socio-political contexts of the period, we will explore how the city both shaped the artists and their works and served as their subject. Some of the artists we will consider are the Fluxus-associated art collective Hi Red Center, artist Yoko Ono, graphic designer Yokoo Tadanori, and dramatist/filmmaker/poet Shuji Terayama.
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 (801) Self, Culture, and Illness in Japan
Who are we? How is our understanding of our 'self' related to our physical and/ or psychological well-being? And to what extent do our cultural backgrounds affect our conceptions of well-being? This capstone writing course (for Asian Studies major) will aim at answering these questions through critically exploring the cross-cultural conceptions of self, health, and illness with particular focus on Japanese society. The topics to be covered in this course will include anthropological perspectives on conceptions of theself/ personhood, health/ illness/ disease, body/ mind, mental health & therapy, as well as critical perspectives on medical and healing systems. Students registered for this course will read works on these topics and will be encouraged to reflect on their own everyday practices so that they can engage deeply with the topics in the Japanese context and critically assess previous writings. They will also conduct independent research on a topic of their choice for the final research paper (upon consultation with the instructor) and will make a presentation on the topic. In the writing process, students will deepen their skills in choosing bibliographic tools, in finding and evaluating authoritative sources, and organizing and properly formatting a research paper.
BTMM 3890 (801) TUJ Film Festival
Work on the TUJ Film Festival.
FMA 3696 (801) Representations of Gender Subcultures in Film
A writing-intensive, exploratory seminar about films, TV programs and documentaries that challenge society's gender ideals by exploring taboo topics like transgenderism, transsexuality and intersex. Such films are produced despite an obvious high financial risk: Successful productions usually reconfirm gender stereotypes or exploit transgressors in a sensationalistic way, because they have to harmonize with mainstream attitudes. By analyzing and evaluating these extraordinary statements, students will learn how gender roles are constructed, maintained and enacted. They also will increase their intellectual repertoire for responding to sexism and other forms of social oppression by discussing the genetic, sexual, psychological, religious, socio-cultural and politico-economical implications of gender and how these might have been misused in society for the benefit of conservative powers. Student filmmakers further will understand the important relationship between message and success and gain tools to judge topic-related risks for their own films.
Japanese 3010 (801) Japanese Communication and Culture II
This course focuses on more Pragmatics (the use of language in the real world).
Japanese 4396 (801) Topic III: Literature
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.
Lib Arts 2010 (801) International Careers
The aim of this course is to help students develop a professional mindset. It is designed to explore the career competencies and strategies that are necessary to confidently and successfully transition from college life to the workplace or graduate school. Emphasis is placed on developing the skills necessary in an international career. Participants will use these skills throughout their working life as professionals, managers, executives, or entrepreneurs. This is not a lecture course. It is an interactive workshop giving business majors, in particular, a chance to develop and realize their career potential through exploring career options, preparing a strategy to launch a fulfilling career and improving written and oral presentation skills. The course should increase the student's ability to: Present professionally (in writing and in person), realistically assess talent and job potential, think critically and creatively about career options and start an international or domestic career search.
Psych 3620 (801) Japan and the West: A Social-Psychological Comparison
This course introduces the student to Japanese-Western similarities and differences from a social psychological perspective. Among topics to be covered are interpersonal relations in general, language use, nonverbal communication, child-rearing, male-female relationships, etiquette, reciprocal obligations and (such as gift exchange). Students will regularly submit their own observations on index cards under the general topic "What's Japanese about Japan?" These cards will be used in discussion sessions. This course will be conducted as a seminar that depends largely on participation in class discussion.
Psych 4696 (801) The Power of Belief
Beliefs play an essential role in human thoughts, feelings and behaviors and are conceptualized in aspects of human psychology as diverse as emotions, perceptions, attitudes, motivation, superstition, memory accuracy, and conflict resolution, among others. In this capstone course we will explore the omnipresence of belief throughout psychology by examining what beliefs are and how they have been studied throughout the fields of psychology in the past. Class discussions centering around guided writing assignments will facilitate development of your question and subsequent research. To hone your researching skills and broaden your knowledge of psychology, you will independently begin investigating a research question by conducting a literature review. From multiple conceptual, theoretical, and research perspectives, you will synthesize the evidence in an attempt to answer your question while contemplating practical implications of your answer for humans or societies of the world today. Your major assignments for the term will be a 10- to 12-page term paper, written in multiple drafts in APA style, and an oral presentation in which you share your conclusions with your peers.