Class code A6121
Year 2020
Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
Previous Class title
Attached documents
Term 春学期授業/Spring
Credit(s) 2
Day/Period 木2/Thu.2
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Grade 1~4
Duplicate Subjects Taken Under Previous Class Title
Open Program
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Class taught by instructors with practical experience

【授業の概要と目的(何を学ぶか) / Outline and objectives】
This class will provide an introduction to the field of manga studies. Here we will explore how manga operates as a type of media, analyzing manga from a multidisciplinary perspective. This means that we will look at manga from a variety of different perspectives, including its modes of reading/viewing, economics, aesthetics, and political history while considering its place in Japanese society and abroad. We will learn what makes manga specific as a type of media and how that allows us to delve into its particularities. This includes examining how manga mediated different shifts in Japanese society, as we explore the differences in the major manga genres, and how they cover various topics, from gender to memory. Beyond the local, we will ask what manga made outside of Japan can tell us about global the spread of media. We will also ask what manga, a media form that developed from paper and print, can tell us about other issues regarding the digitalization of our world as it moves into new formats for the 21st century.

【到達目標 / Goal】
In addition to teaching the students information about manga, its surrounding cultures, and business practices, this class aims to develop critical thinking and analytical skills. Throughout the semester students will: 1) learn the specific history of manga; 2) how to analyze manga as media; 3) examine how manga interacts with other media and society; 4) explore how to critically engage with manga.

【この授業を履修することで学部等のディプロマポリシーに示されたどの能力を習得することができるか(該当授業科目と学位授与方針に明示された学習成果との関連) / Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?】
Will be able to gain “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

【授業で使用する言語 / Default language used in class】
英語 / English

【授業の進め方と方法 / Method(s)】 (2020年度はオンライン授業の実施に伴い、変更の可能性があります。変更は学習支援システム等で提示します。/Method(s) may change depending on the online lesson.Changes will be reflected in the Learning Management System, etc.)
Classes will be lecture-based, with visual material such as clips of films and animation. Students will be asked to have group discussions and analysis on certain themes and specific manga. Each week students will be provided with an academic reading relevant to the topic. These readings will be important background information and/or will be directly addressed as the topic of the lecture and discussion. Lectures will explain in detail and through examples the topic for that class. Discussions based off of the lecture will be facilitated by questions from the instructor to help the students explore and develop their critical and analytical skills for that topic. Students will be assessed on their understanding of the lectures and readings through their exams.

【アクティブラーニング(グループディスカッション、ディベート等)の実施 / Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)】
あり / Yes

【フィールドワーク(学外での実習等)の実施 / Fieldwork in class】
なし / No

【授業計画 / Schedule】

回 / No. テーマ / Theme 内容 / Contents
1 Introduction Manga or comics?
2 Manga's Visuals Manga's visual language
3 Making Manga's History Are there pre-modern manga?
4 Pre-war Manga Manga in Meiji and Taisho Japan
5 Post-war Manga Tezuka Osamu's legacy
6 Media Influences Manga, cinema, and anime's interactions
7 Genres I Industrial genres: mainstream manga
8 Genres II Shōjo manga and gendered expression
9 Genres III Gekiga and existential themes
10 Genres IV Alternative manga
11 Digital Manga Effects of changing formats
12 Global Manga Manga made outside of Japan
13 Student Presentations I Feedback and preparations for final paper
14 Student Presentations II Feedback and preparations for final paper, wrap-up of semester

【授業時間外の学習(準備学習・復習・宿題等) / Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)】
Students should complete the assigned readings before each class and study the notes they take in class. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.

【テキスト(教科書) / Textbooks】
No textbook will be required as readings will be provided by the instructor.

【参考書 / References】
Berndt, Jaqueline, editor. Manga, Comics and Japan: Area Studies as Media Studies. Vol. 156, Orientaliska Studier, 2018,

【成績評価の方法と基準 / Grading criteria】
Participation 20%
Presentation 40%
Final exam 40%

【学生の意見等からの気づき / Changes following student comments】
Not applicable.