Class code A6317
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 金2/Fri.2
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Grade 3~4
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】
In this class we will explore how different media operate, exploring how various mediums—such as animation, cinema, visual art, theater, comics, and literature—allow us to see and understand the world in different ways. By using theories and methods developed for each media, we will gain a better understanding of how each media operates, and what it allows us to see or hides from our view. In order to keep some common ground, we will compare each of these media to a particular type of animation: anime. While comparing and contrasting these media, we will be analyzing specific anime works, detailing how they touch on topics such as societal critique, politics, gender, technology, spectatorship, geopolitics, and consumerism. Throughout the class we will be using Christopher Bolton’s book, which compares anime to different media, to guide the course.

【到達目標 / Goal】
In addition to teaching the students about contemporary media and society, this class aims to develop critical thinking and analytical skills. Throughout the semester students will: 1) learn methodologies to analyze various media; 2) examine the specific operations of each media; 3) learn how to analyze the media’s relationship to society; 4) explore how to conduct in-depth analyses of specific media works.

【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 1”, “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 on certain themes. Each week students will be assigned a section from Bolton’s book. This reading 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 Comparing media
2 Reading Anime Methods for interpretation in relations to other media
3 Exploring Contemporary Visual Arts Post-modernity and its relationship to media
4 Comics and Sequential Media Considering adaptations: manga vs. anime versions
5 Live-Action Cinema Cinema and the problems of "realism"
6 Usages of Cinema and TV Media and its relationship to warfare
7 Serialized Media Analyzing episodic narratives
8 Traditional Theater Noh theater's narrative and performance patterns
9 Traditional Theater II Bunraku and operations of puppets
10 Non-human Performances Puppets and connection to concepts of cyborgs
11 Spectators and Media Gender and viewership across media
12 Literature: Old Media, New Media Fantasy and self-hood as presented in different mediums
13 Student Presentations Feedback and Discussion
14 Student Presentations Feedback and Discussion

【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】
Bolton, Christopher. Interpreting Anime. University of Minnesota Press, 2018.

【参考書 / References】
References to different online articles and other media will be provided in class.

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

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