Fall 2016 Topical Courses

Last update: August 31, 2016

Art Hist 2096 (801)/As St 2096 (801) 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 2098 (801)/As St 2096 (802) Modern Japanese Art

This is a writing-intensive Art History course examining modern Japanese art from the early Eighteenth century to the present, a period marked by two watershed events: the collapse of centuries-old samurai feudalism and Japan’s defeat in the Second World War. The course begins by introducing Japan’s encounter with the West and the import of Western printed materials in the Edo period. These materials sparked immense interest among Japanese artists and intellectuals in the scientific approach to visual representation developed in the West. After the end of samurai feudalism in 1868, under the reinstated emperor, Japan intensified its effort to modernize itself to counter Western imperialism. Government-led modernization inevitably changed many aspects of the country and the life of its people. Japanese artists had to question and gauge their own artistic practice and style to cope with both internal and external factors. After the defeat in the Second World War, Japanese artists again struggled to find their voices in an increasingly globalized setting. Modern Japan is a contested space where long-lasting native traditions and newly imported foreign influences collide. The course covers the trajectory of modern Japanese art chronologically and explores the significant evolution and transformation that Japanese visual art has experienced against a backdrop of political and social upheaval.

Econ 3580 (801) Computational Probability and Statistics

The goal is to introduce students to modern and extremely useful topics in computational statistics. It focuses on computational aspects and provides a hands-on introduction to fundamental concepts of data analysis. The course is project based with programming assignments in Matlab. Consequently, the students will be able to immediately see and analyze their results in Matlab and report on them. No prior Matlab knowledge is required. The course offers an introduction to data mining, data analysis, general computational statistics, and scientific computing.

FMA 3696 (801) Contemporary Japanese Auteurs

This course will explore Japanese contemporary film in the context of Post-WWII Japan. Through cinema we will examine many social issues to have emerged since the Post-War period, including but not limited to Japanese national identity, migration and multiculturalism tradition and aesthetics, marginalization and youth culture. As well as developing a critical appreciation of contemporary Japanese cinema, the course acts as an approach to thinking about more general issues facing Japanese contemporary society. As such, students will be expected to critically examine literature on Japanese cinema and contemporary Japanese society, and demonstrate this knowledge through discussion, debate and written work.

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.

Hist 3229 (801)/As St 3000 (801) Superpower America

This course traces the ebb and flow of the twentieth century effort to establish and institutionalize a new framework and set of norms for the international order based on U.S. leadership. Overlaying the narrative history of Presidential polices from Franklin Roosevelt to Bill Clinton is a number of interrelated themes, including: the rise and fall of the United States as a creditor nation; the tension between America’s idealistic impulses and the perceived need to behave “realistically” in a frequently hostile environment; the impact of domestic influences on foreign policy; the emergence of bipolarism and Soviet-American antagonism; the challenge to bipolarism posed by the Third World and regional disputes; atomic diplomacy and the balance of terror; “existential deterrence” and arms limitation; crisis management and avoidance; and, finally, the end of the Cold War, the implosion of the former Soviet Union, and the implications of the Russian empire’s collapse for restructuring the global system, reordering America’s international priorities, and producing a national strategy that succeeds “containment.” The assigned readings reflect an array of interpretations and approaches to the study of the history of U.S. foreign policy. Although no “formal discussions” are scheduled, students will be provided the opportunity and encouraged discuss freely their responses to and questions about these interpretations during every class. In additions, at least once each student will be required to present a succinct oral summary of the fundamental issues raised in the previous session, and time will be allotted to examine and dissect the distributed documents.

Japanese 1003 (801) Oral Intensive I

A bridge between beginning and intermediate Japanese levels, this course emphasizes vocabulary building and the use of spoken Japanese through situational conversational practice. Tests will be in the forms of listening and reading comprehension and structured interviews. An ability to read and write hiragana and katakana is required, as is a mastery of most basic grammatical rules.

Japanese 2000 (801) Practical Japanese for Study Abroad Students

This course is designed to give Temple Study Abroad Program students the essential conversational and written Japanese necessary to negotiate their time in Japan. Lectures, assignments, field trips, and other activities will be designed with practical, day-to-day life in Japan in mind. This course is not part of the Japanese Language and Literature major, and students pursuing this major or more rigorous study of the language should register for the formal course sequence, beginning with 1001.

Japanese 2003 (801) Oral Intensive II

A bridge between intermediate and advanced Japanese levels, this course focuses on vocabulary acquisition in a variety of conversational situations. Throughout the semester, several vocabulary quizzes and structure tests will be given, while the final exam will be in the form of interviews. Students are required to complete one project involving various communication activities outside the classroom. Note, the course uses different materials and works on different topics every semester and thus is repeatable. Students need prior written permission from the instructor to repeat.

Japanese 3000 (801) Japanese Communication and Culture I

This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of language use in cross-cultural situations. By comparing language use by Japanese people and people from other cultures in real life situations, the course will explore how communication styles and interactional patterns are culture-dependent, which, hence, may cause misunderstandings in cross-cultural communications. The course will particularly focus on communication styles, speech acts, such as request and refusals, and politeness. It will also touch upon language use by Japanese language learners, their identity construction in Japanese, and native speakers’ perceptions toward language learners.

Japanese 4196 (801) Society and Culture

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 2020 (801 & 802) International Career Strategies

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.

Lib Arts 2030 (801) Technology in International Business

Explore the role of information technology as a business enabler and take a look at management information systems’ impact on business models and society. Evaluate the organizational fit and suitability of various technologies and interpret the interaction between information technology, customers, processes, data, human resources, and the overall internal and external environment of international businesses. Understand the ethical challenges of information technology and explain the evolving role of management information systems in the organization, and the role and careers of MIS professionals.

MSP 3890 (801) Scoring Music for Media

In films, documentaries, instructional videos, commercials and more, music is a vital part of creating or enhancing specific moods desired by the films creators. Music composition for this industry is in itself a full time career. However, the film creator that understands first-hand what is entailed in composing or choosing music for film will have an advantage over many in being able to clearly decide and describe where and what kind of music would best serve to enhance the success of the film creation. This course will teach some of the vital basics on how to either select pre-recorded music or create original music suitable. Also the differences between diegetic and non-diegetic music, tempos, tones, different moods and dynamics within certain styles of compositions and instrumentation will be explained for the ‘non-musician’ and musician alike in order to make innovative choices that fit the film maker’s vision. We will be exploring simple sound engineering using today’s software programs for recording original music using instrumental interface or direct input, manipulation of music with affects and the editing in order to interlink and sync the music to film. We will conclude the class with a music/film project.

Music 3300 (801) TUJ Chorus

Performance of standard choral literature. At least one public performance per semester. Note: This ensemble is available to any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the University.

Pol Sci 4896 (801) Foreign Policy Analysis

Whether ordering military strikes, funding opposition groups, or seeking to sign new trade deals, foreign policy decisions are some of the most momentous choices facing national leaders. However, what are the processes that cause decision makers to select one course of action over another? This is the key subject matter of Foreign Policy Analysis. This course introduces students to this sub-discipline of International Relations. It teaches them the field’s history, as well as its main theories and distinctive “levels of analysis” approach. Having learned these basics in the abstract, students are then required to apply the methods of Foreign Policy Analysis to specific case studies to determine which causal factors were most important in the making of each decision. The case studies selected cover a range of time periods and geographical regions, including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the atomic bombings of Japan, the 2003 invasion of Iraq, North Korean nuclear brinkmanship, and Russia’ s annexation of Crimea.

Psych 3620 (801) 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.

Psych 4696 (801) Mental Lexicon

Concerned with the nature and the organization of the word store, or dictionary, inside the human mind, mental lexicon research is a core topic of psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology and cognitive science more generally. By looking at a number of different approaches to investigating the mental lexicon, such as visual word recognition research and, particularly, priming experiments, semantic memory, and concept theories, as well as the second language (L2) mental lexicon and artificial intelligence, this course reflects on how major theories of cognition, such as connectionism, emerge and develop and on how such theories are increasingly being informed by advances in neuroscience. The course aims to help students in developing their abilities to critically analyze and evaluate research articles and to write coherent research papers by appropriately synthesizing various findings from the research literature.