Six-Week Summer Intensive Courses at Temple University, Japan Campus

The courses below have been canceled (May 28, 2012).

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is offering three intensive, six-week courses on Japanese current events, popular culture, and language in the Summer 2012 semester. Of particular interest, the course "Rebuilding Japan" will examine the effects of the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake on Japanese society. These courses are open to current TUJ students as well as to students enrolled at other colleges and universities who wish to study abroad in Japan during the summer.

Each course is offered from early June to mid July. Students may enroll in one, two, or all three courses. Concurrent enrollment with courses offered during the regular ten-week summer semester, which runs from late May to late July, is also possible.

Students earn three semester credits from Temple University upon completion of each six-week course. Dormitory housing or a limited number of home stays are available but not required.


Dates of Instruction:
June 6-July 18, 2012
Monday, June 4:
Arrival in Japan and dorm check-in
(Students coming via Temple's main campus will arrive on a separate date)
Tuesday, June 5:
Orientation (mandatory)
Wednesday, June 6:
Six-week courses start
Monday, July 16:
National holiday
Wednesday, July 18:
Six-week courses end
Saturday, July 21:
Dorm check-out

Course Descriptions

Asian Studies 2000: Rebuilding Japan: Social and Political Implications of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Crisis on Japanese Society

3 credits
Kyle Cleveland
MWF 13:40-15:10
English composition or equivalent

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.

Asian Studies 3000: Manga in Japanese Popular Culture

3 credits
Patrick Galbraith
MWF 10:20-11:50
English composition or equivalent

This course will provide a basis for understanding Japanese manga and anime in social, historic and cross-cultural context. We will review the emergence of manga and the conditions of its development as an art form, commercial industry and cultural commodity. Special attention will be paid to the 1970s and 1980s, when "otaku" fan culture emerged. Through the lens of popular culture and its most devoted fans, we will examine various issues in Japanese society, running the gamut from race, class and gender to nature, technology and the human. While establishing fundamentals, students will develop the tools to critically examine and evaluate manga and anime at the levels of form, institutions and content. Students will be expected to present reactions to class readings and participate actively in discussions. In addition, students will perform independent research on contemporary manga and anime and present their findings at the conclusion of the course. Japanese ability is not a requirement, but will assist in further accessing materials. Readings and manga will be provided as PDFs. There will be guest lectures with manga industry insiders and watchers, and excursions to areas of Tokyo central to manga and anime producers and consumers.

[Cancelled] Japanese 3010: Practical Japanese for Non-Majors

3 credits
Ryoko Osada
This course has been cancelled.

This course will introduce students to "survival" Japanese by assisting them in developing some basic language skills. As a starter, we will introduce the two basic Japanese writing systems, Hiragana and Katakana. We will also 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 provide some tips on understanding Japanese people and culture. Field trips are mandatory in this class.

Application Procedure

Application is closed.

Continuing TUJ students or new TUJ students that are accepted for the full Summer term need not apply seperately, and would follow normal registration procedures to participate in the six-week intensive courses.

Application deadline:
April 1, 2012
Application fee:
15,750 yen

To apply, complete the online application form (select "Summer Only: Six-week Courses" for "Type of Admission") and submit all required items for a non-degree-seeking student.


  • If you are currently enrolled at a four-year college or university in the United States, please apply through the Temple University main campus.
  • A student visa is not necessary for many nationalities that qualify for a three- or six-month visa waiver. Please see here for more information.

Tuition and Fees

Single six-week course (three credits): 184,100 yen
Two six-week courses (six credits): 368,300 yen
Three six-week courses (nine credits): 552,500 yen
Student Activity fee: 1,500 yen
Facilities fee: 26,250 yen
Dorm housing or home stay (optional): 210,000 yen
Total for students enrolled in three courses (nine credits) and housing: 790,250 yen

Ten-Week Summer Courses

Information for the regular undergraduate ten-week summer courses are available below.