Class code A6319
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1/Thu.1
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 various media intersect with the idea of the nation in Japan. This will include engaging with the intersection of different media during the formation of the modern Japanese nation-state in the late 1800s. From this point of departure, we will move forward through Japanese history, exploring different media and how they operated in Japanese society at different times. We will examine print culture, from newspapers and wood-block prints, to comics and magazines, as well as moving-image media such as animation and live-action TV and film. Exploring their history, we will analyze some of their shifts over time, and how they reflect changes in their relationship to images of the nation in Japan. This includes how subcultural “otaku” media became official symbols of Japanese national culture, both locally and globally. After addressing this topic in detail, we will then return to more mainstream media, such as films and TV dramas and their relationship to shifts in Japanese society.

【到達目標 / Goal】
In addition to teaching the students about modern Japanese history, society, and media, this class aims to develop critical thinking and analytical skills. Throughout the semester students will: 1) learn methodologies to examine various media and their connection to Japanese society; 2) examine the specific dynamics of each media and their connection with the nation of Japan on a local and global scale; 3) develop how to analytically engage with the history of Japan and these media through the methodologies learned in class.

【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 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 Nations and media
2 Imagined Communities Newspapers and the early nation-state
3 Making National Arts Theater and hanga's transformations in Meiji Japan
4 Wartime Media Animation and film during the Taisho and Showa periods
5 Post-war Shifts Shifting gender dynamics in popular genres from the 1960s and 1970s
6 From Niche to Mass Anime and manga's rise to national fame from 1980s to early 200s
7 Media Stereotypes Creating an image of otaku in the 1980s to early 2000s
8 Otaku in Transition Shifting images of otaku in film in the 2000s
9 Otaku Consumption/Production Conceptualizing different types of consumption patterns of otaku
10 National Visibility of Fujoshi Rise of female otaku consumers in early 2000s
11 Post-Bubble TV Celebrity and lifestyle in TV dramas in 1990s and 2000s
12 Making Japan's Food Contemporary "food focused TV" in imagining the nation
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】
No textbook will be required as readings will be provided by the instructor.

【参考書 / References】
Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. Verso Ed., 1985.

【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.