Summer 2012 Topical Courses
As St 3000 (813) Japanese Popular Culture
This course addresses the global attraction of Japanese popular culture, focusing on the inter-related fields of art, music, fashion and design. Students will critically consider the impact of mass media (manga, anime, music, film, TV, cybercultures and innovative modes of communication, such as social media) on Japanese society, and examine how Japanese Pop Culture has grown as a cultural industry to represent "Cool Japan" abroad. These topics are historically situated in the contemporary Japanese political context, examining how social networks develop and are expressed through performative subcultures, and are appropriated in the marketplace of consumer society. Students are encouraged to reflect on their everyday experiences in Tokyo and to gain anaytical perspectives into their experiences throughout the course. The course will include field trips to matsuri and sites of production such as anime studios, seminars with manga producers, and explore the underground economy of Otaku fan culture in Akihabara.
As St 3000 (814) 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 and 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. The film culture of Tokyo offers students ample opportunity for exploration and study. Course field trips may include visits to anime production studios, festivals/conventions devoted to anime, and meetings with prominent anime producers at their site of production.
Hist 3280 (811) America in the Nuclear Age
A strong argument can be made that the most significant development of the 20th century was the creation of the atomic bomb. While most people are familiar with some of this history, few are aware of the tremendous impact that nuclear weapons have had on world history. In this class we will focus on the profound influence that the atomic bomb has had on the United States as well as on other nations such as Japan, the USSR, and the People's Republic of China. We will examine this development from the early 1900s to the present. We will focus particular attention on how the presence and image of the Bomb affected the American people and their institutions--including the military, the economy, foreign relations, politics, and culture. Moreover, we shall analyze the enduring influence of Hiroshima, nuclear proliferation, efforts to halt the spread of nuclear weapons, and linkages with nuclear power.
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 for Non-Native Speakers of Japanese I
This introductory interpreting course is designed for advanced learners of Japanese whose language proficiency level falls somewhere between JLPT N2 and N1 or equivalent. Students will be provided with in-class interpreting exercises to learn how to interpret to English from Japanese, and vice versa.
Japanese 3000 (813) Introduction to Translating Japanese to/from English for Non-Native Speakers of Japanese
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 3010 (811) Practical Japanese for Non-Majors
This course will introduce students to "survival" Japanese by assisting them in developing some basic language skills. As a starter, we will introduce two basic Japanese writing systems, Hiragana and Katakana. Also, we will focus on pronunciation and useful and practical expressions in a real-life setting. "Survival" Japanese will help students learn how to communicate with native speakers as well as some tips on understanding Japanese people and culture. This course can not be counted toward the major requirements of Japanese, International Affairs or Asian Studies majors.
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.
Pol Sci 4320 (811) Democracy and Capitalism in East Asia
The purpose of this seminar is to bring together a group of students twice a week to discuss the changing politics and economics of selected Asian countries using the concepts of democracy, capitalism and the rule of law. Student should be able to apply these concepts to explaining the variations in institutions and policies of Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea and North Korea. Students will be expected to keep up with readings for every class, give oral presentations, and participate in discussions of the materials.
Pol Sci 4896 (811) 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.
Art Hist 2800 (811) / As St 3000 (812) 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 2096 (811) / FMA 3696 (811) Contemporary Japanese Film
This course is designed to examine cultural, social and political contexts of Japanese contemporary films through the works by important directors such as Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Hirokazu Kore-eda and Yoji Yamada. We will cover both commercial and independent films in various genres such as dramas, comedies, horrors and animations, as well as documentaries and TV commercials. Classroom discussions, take home and in-class papers will be required, and subjects to be covered will include the family, corporate culture, taboo, gangsters, war memories, generation gaps, youth culture, unemployment, etc.
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.
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.
Soc 2130 (811) / As St 2000 (811) Rebuilding Japan: Social and Political Implications of the Great Tohoku Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Crisis on Japanese Society
Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Crisis on Japanese Society The Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent Tsunami and nuclear disaster in Fukushima have had a profound effect on Japanese society. While the nuclear crisis raised public health concerns internationally, as this immediate crisis has abated, Japan continues to deal with the social and economic implications of this unlikely series of events. As was the case in the post-war era and in the post-bubble economy, the earthquake has come to define an emerging paradigm of social change, with a rising wave of civic engagement among volunteers and NGOs, and the emergence of political activism in the anti-nuclear movement. In the last decade, the rise of "Cool Japan" has brought increased interest in Japanese popular culture, serving as an impetus to international exchange. Now, in the wake of recent events, Japan is redefining itself domestically, as need-based concerns are taking priority over the transient appeal of pop culture fashion. Will the soft-power "values diplomacy" of popular culture which has brought Japan acclaim now be supplanted by a reconceived national identity, defined through economic crisis and political change? This course will address how the 3.11 Earthquake has impacted Japan, looking at how the Japanese government, public institutions and civil society have responded to the complex issues raised by this crisis and explore how Japan is being considered from abroad in light of these historic events.
Wom St 3000 (811) / Psych 3620 (811) / As St 3000 (811) 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.
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.