- Code ASIA2058
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Offered in See Future Offerings
Drawing on the key genres of Japanese modern and contemporary cultural production – manga, anime, film and visual arts – Japanese Popular Culture introduces students to the cultural narratives of post-war Japan and examines how the traditions and cultural roots of the past continue to influence cultural behavior and production today. Approaching these visual texts from a variety of socio-cultural, psychological and literary perspectives, the course will examine how meanings are produced in image and text and how these visual representations construct identities and present such social issues as gender, youth culture, the individual, the family and the community.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the defining characteristics of Japanese visual culture, and of how the traditions and cultural roots of the past continue to influence cultural behaviour and practice today;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical paradigms that apply to cultural studies and an ability to draw on this theoretical and cultural knowledge to analyse primary materials
3. Develop a variety of analytic, research and communicative skills; information gathering and evaluation, academic writing, debating, discussion leading and presentation skills;
4. Develop the ability to work in cooperative groups on key issues in the field of Japanese cultural studies and to communicate findings to others.
Indicative Assessment1. Four Tutorial Reading Responses - 20% [LOs 1, 2, 3]
2. Two Vodcast Tutorial Presentations - 10% [LOs 1, 2, 3,4]
3. Media Opinion Piece (30%) [LOs 1, 2, 3]
4. Essay (35%) - 2,500 words [LOs 1, 2, 3] -
4.1 Essay Outline (Research Question, Annotated Bibliography & Primary Source analysis) (15%)
4.2 Final Essay (20%)
5. Participation and In-Class Final Essay Presentation (5%) [LOs 1, 2, 3,4]
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WorkloadThe course comprises a weekly load of three contact hours. It demands six hours of tutorial preparation, including assigned readings, and review of lectures.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingBefu, Harumi. (2009) 'Concepts of Japan, Japanese culture and the Japanese', in Yoshio Sugimoto (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Modern Japanese Culture, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 21-37.
Kawano Satsuki, (2013) 'Introduction: Differentiation and Uncertainty', Capturing Contemporary Japan.Ateneo De Manila Univ Pr. 1-25.
1-2 Primary visual sources per week (Manga, Anime, Film or Visual Art) and 2 article-length readings per week, over the semester
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