Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2019Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Global Studies
Lecture Code ARS11201 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Japanese Popular Arts and Culture I (現代日本文化論 I)
Subject Name
ゲンダイニホンブンカロン I
Subject Name in
Japanese Popular Arts and Culture I
グラジディアン マリア ミハエラ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Thur1-2:IAS K207
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
【More Details】
Discussion, lecture, analysis of video examples viewed during the class 
Credits 1 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction E : English
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 23 : Arts
Eligible Students  
Keywords Anime, Visual Arts, Popular Cultuire, Cultural Imperialism 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Criterion referenced
Integrated Global Studies
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・The knowledge and understanding of the important characteristics and basic theoretical framework of individual academic disciplines. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
The goal of this class is to familiarize students with the aesthetic and ideological characteristics of Japanese visual arts. As a practical example, the anime phenomenon is analysed. The oral presentations and the final term-papers of the participants should be focused on aspects of anime works released in Japan 
Class Schedule 第1回:Introduction, visual arts, aesthetics and ideology
第2回:Visual arts & anime in Japan: definition, history, characteristics 1/2
第3回:Visual arts & anime in Japan: definition, history, characteristics 2/2
第4回: Students’ presentations 1/4
第5回: Students’ presentations 2/4
第6回: Students’ presentations 3/4
第7回: Students’ presentations 4/5
第8回: Conclusion, submission of term papers
The works of Studio Ghibli (Odell/Leblanc 2009).
山口 ヤスオ (2004) 「日本のアニメ全史」、東京:Ten Books出版社、2004 ([The whole history of Japanese animation]), Tokyo: Ten-Books-Press. 
PC or AV used in
Video examples (DVD player, projector), PowerPoint presentations (laptop, projector), etc. 
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Class 1: Prewar anime "Momotaro and the Holy Fighters of the Sea"
Class 2: Postwar anime: Tezuka Osamu, Takahata Isao, Miyazaki Hayao
Class 3: Postwar anime: 1970-1980
Class 4: Postwar anime: 1990-2000
Class 5: preparation for oral presentation
Class 6: preparation for oral presentation
Class 7: preparation for oral presentation
Class 8: preparation for oral presentation
Requirements Fluency in English, passion for anime
It is necessary to take both Japanese Popular Arts and Culture I (現代日本文化論 I) and Japanese Popular Arts and Culture Ⅱ(現代日本文化論 Ⅱ). 
Grading Method 2 small essays, each 10% x 2 =20%
oral presentation = 30%
term-paper = 50%
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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