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CUA300ZA(文化人類学・民俗学 / Cultural anthropology 300)
Comparative Media

Kukhee CHOO

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Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Year 2022
Class code A6325
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Term 秋学期授業/Fall
Day/Period 火5/Tue.5
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Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
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Grade 3~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
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Global Open Program
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Chiyoda Campus Consortium
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Outline and objectives

In this class we will explore how different media operate, exploring how various mediums—such as animation, cinema, visual art, 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 films and anime works, detailing how they touch on topics such as societal critique, politics, gender, technology, spectatorship, geopolitics, and consumerism.


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.

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”.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )

Classes will be discussion-based, with visual material such as clips of films and animation. 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 class content and discussion. Discussions based off of the reading material 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 readings and discussions through their presentations and exam. In class, feedback is given using some comments in relation to student comments.

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No


授業形態/methods of teaching:対面/face to face



Comparing media

2[対面/face to face]:Exploring Contemporary Visual Arts

Post-modernity and its relationship to media

3[対面/face to face]:Live-Action Cinema

Cinema and the problems of "realism"

4[対面/face to face]:Usages of Cinema and TV

Media and its relationship to warfare

5[対面/face to face]:Serialized Media

Analyzing episodic narratives

6[対面/face to face]:Reading Animation

Methods for interpretation in relations to other media

7[対面/face to face]:Comics and Sequential Media

Considering adaptations: Comics vs. live action films

8[対面/face to face]:Manga adaptation

Manga vs. anime versions

9[対面/face to face]:More real than reality

Reality TV and voyeurism

10[対面/face to face]:Spectators and Media

Gender and viewership across media

11[対面/face to face]:Literature: Old Media, New Media

Fantasy and self-hood as presented in different mediums

12[対面/face to face]:Student Presentations

Feedback and Discussion

13[対面/face to face]:Student Presentations

Feedback and Discussion

14[対面/face to face]:Student Presentations

Feedback and Discussion

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.


Reading material will be provided via Hoppii.


References to different online articles and other media will be provided in class.

Grading criteria

Participation and speaking up during class discussions 20%
Presentation 40%
Final paper 40%

Changes following student comments

Not applicable.