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CUA400ZA(文化人類学・民俗学 / Cultural anthropology 400)
Seminar: Media Across Borders I

Stevie Tongshun SUAN

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Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Year 2022
Class code A6441,A6442
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Term 春学期授業/Spring
Day/Period 金3/Fri.3,金4/Fri.4
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Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
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Grade 3~4
Credit(s) 4
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Outline and objectives

It has often been noted that animation is the dominant medium of the current era. For instance, Disney is the world’s largest media company, anime is a globally popular media, and we even use animated LINE stamps to communicate with each other. Considering how our lives are now so “animated” as the point of departure, this seminar will explore ways of thinking about media broadly, including anime and films, manga and music, games, lifestyle, fashion, and SNS. Learning various theoretical and methodological approaches, this seminar will explore how different media are both affected by and affect the global societies we live in.


Throughout the seminar, students will learn how to engage with various media by examining relevant theories and research, exploring them through group work and discussion. They will also learn how to apply and critique the approaches examined in class. To do so, there will be presentations as well as smaller projects that work with specific theories and methods that focus on certain media. The students will have the opportunity to examine first-hand what media theorists and researchers are discussing about contemporary (and past) media and how such media reflect and affect society. Across the semester, students will also develop their own research project on a specific media of their choosing, applying the theories and methods we explored in class.

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. )

As a seminar, these classes will primarily be discussion and presentation-based. Each week students will be provided with an academic reading relevant to the topic, engaging with methodological and theoretical concepts in ways that connect to their research interests. Students will have group and class discussions on certain themes and prepare group presentations and activities to better engage with that week’s reading. Classes will also feature visual material such as images and clips of films and animation to better address, apply, and critique the readings. Students will also receive individual feedback and consultation at different points in the semester. Assessments of their work will be based on their understanding and application of the readings through their presentations, participation in discussion, and final papers.

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



Overview of the spring semester, considering the semester’s themes,
methods, and focus. Discussion of the aims of the seminar and the responsibilities of each seminar member.

2[対面/face to face]:Theory and Methods I

Overview of some foundational theories and methodologies as a class

3[対面/face to face]:Theory and Methods II

In depth examination of important methods and theories as a class

4[対面/face to face]:Theory and Methods III

Focusing on applying and critiquing specific theories and methods as a class

5[対面/face to face]:Reading Research I

Student presentations and discussions of a reading relevant to media studies

6[対面/face to face]:Reading Research II

Student presentations and discussions of a reading relevant to media studies

7[対面/face to face]:Reading Research III

Student presentations and discussions of a reading relevant to media studies

8[対面/face to face]:Reading Research IV

Student presentations and discussions of a reading relevant to media studies

9[対面/face to face]:Research Project Workshop I

Individual consultation on each students' research project

10[対面/face to face]:Reading Research V

Student presentations and discussions of a reading relevant to media studies

11[対面/face to face]:Reading Research VI

Student presentations and discussions of a reading relevant to media studies

12[対面/face to face]:Reading Research VII

Student presentations and discussions of a reading relevant to media studies

13[対面/face to face]:Reading Research VIII

Student presentations and discussions of a reading relevant to media studies

14[対面/face to face]:Research Project Workshop II

Presentations and discussions on students' own research

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

Each week there will be articles/chapters to read, preparations for the discussion, presentation, and/or conducting research. All students are expected to be diligent and keep up with this workload to ensure that the seminar works for the class, the other students, and their own research interests. Reading, preparation, and review time for this class are at least 8 hours.


No textbook will be required as readings will be provided by the instructor.


Hansen, Mark B. N., and W. J. T. Mitchell. Critical Terms for Media Studies. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Jin, Dal Yong. Transmedia Storytelling in East Asia: The Age of Digital Media. New York: Routledge, 2020.
Manovich, Lev. The Language of New Media. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2000.
Ngai, Sianne. Ugly Feelings. Cambridge, Mass.; London: Harvard University Press, 2007.
Santiago Iglesias, José Andrés, and Ana Soler Baena, eds. Anime Studies: Media-Specific Approaches to Neon Genesis Evangelion. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2021.
Silvio, Teri. Puppets, Gods, and Brands: Theorizing the Age of Animation from Taiwan. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaiʻi Press, 2019.
Storey, John. Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader. New York: Routledge, 2019.

Grading criteria

Class participation 20%, Comment/Question sheets 20%, Group activity I 15%, Group activity II 15%, Research plan 30%

Changes following student comments

This is a new class, but the professor will check constantly with students to make sure the workload and content are reasonable.


It is not required but suggested that you have taken one or more of the following courses: Introduction to Media Theory,
Performance Studies, Creative Industries.

Students are expected to take both Media Across Borders I and II and to continue for two years. However, special arrangements may be made for students who study abroad.