- Class Number 6970
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Carol Hayes
- AsPr Carol Hayes
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
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.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Definitions of ‘Popular Culture’: Tastes of Japan Pop Culture Import/Export - Demon Slayer, Samurai, Monkey & Pokemon||Op Ed 1 Lead 1 + Tut Forum Posts Tutorial Reading Response 1|
|2||Tezuka Osamu & Miyazaki Hayao – Kings of Story Manga/Anime||Op Ed 1 Lead 2 + Tut Forum Posts Tutorial Reading Response 2|
|3||Apocalypse & Rebirth & Legacies of Defeat The Grave of Fireflies, Akira, Neon Genesis Evangelion||Op Ed 1 Lead 3 + Tut Forum Posts Tutorial Reading Response 3|
|4||Identity and Otherness – Demon Slayer, 'Oni', the art of Murakami Takashi & Kusuma Yayoi||Op Ed 1 Lead 4 + Tut Forum Posts Tutorial Reading Response 4|
|5||Cultural Response to Disaster Earthquakes & Tsunami & Cultural Consciousness||Op Ed 1 Lead 5 + Tut Forum Posts Tutorial Reading Response 5|
|6||Images of Contemporary Japan - Photography & Visual Arts Yanagi Miwa, Ninagawa Mika, Shibata Toshio & Araki Nobuyoshi||Op Ed 1 Lead 6 + Tut Forum Posts Tutorial Reading Response 6 6 September OP ED DUE|
|7||Values, Family & Relationships in Popular Culture Tokyo Story (1953), Summer Wars (2009), Demon Slayer (2016-2020)||Vodcast 1 + Tut Forum Posts Tutorial Reading Response 7|
|8||Youth, Angst & Rebellion Cruel Story of Youth (1960), Death Note (2003), Battle Royale (2000)||Vodcast 2 + Tut Forum Posts Tutorial Reading Response 8|
|9||Contemporary Art - Kiki Ando: Highest Mountain and Deepest Bay Melbournian Japanese Artist - textile, ceramics, performance and design||Vodcast 3 + Tut Forum Posts Tutorial Reading Response 9|
|10||Girl Power & Shojo Manga – traditions and trends From Ikeda Riyoko's The Rose of Versailles (1972) and Takeuchi Naoko's Sailor Moon (1991) to more contemporary works||Vodcast 4 + Tut Forum Posts Tutorial Reading Response 10|
|11||Masculinity & Shonen Manga – traditions and trends Samurai, Heroes, Mateship: One Piece (1997), Samurai Champloo (2005), JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)||Vodcast 5 + Tut Forum Posts Tutorial Reading Response 11|
|12||Hafu, Minority Identity and ideas of Japaneseness Debating ideas of Japaneseness & Popular Japanese Culture||Vodcast 6 + Tut Forum Posts Tutorial Reading Response 12|
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|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|TWO Tutorial Reading Responses - 20%||20 %||*||*||1,2,3|
|Media Opinion Piece (Op Ed) - 20%||20 %||06/09/2021||20/09/2021||1,2,3|
|Vodcast - 15%||15 %||*||*||1,2,3|
|Essay - 40%||40 %||24/10/2021||01/11/2021||1,2,3|
|Participation - 5%||5 %||*||*||1,2,3,4|
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Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Note that active, engaged participation is included in the course assessment.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
TWO Tutorial Reading Responses - 20%
Tutorial Reading Responses - 10% each (1, 2, 3)
- The tutorial reading responses are 600 word responses to ONE of the week’sTutorial Discussion Questions.
- The goal of this assessment task is to encourage each student to develop their writing skills and to engage critically with the weekly readings, summarise the arguments presented and provide an analysis of how the readings help when analysing the primary sources for the week.
- Students may choose which tutorial reading responses to submit - however the first must be submitted by the end of Week 6, and the second in Weeks 7-12.
- More than two responses can be submitted and then the best two marks will be selected.
- Graded responses with feedback will be returned the week after submission.
- Refer to Wattle for more details.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Media Opinion Piece (Op Ed) - 20%
- There are two assessed components in this task
- Op-Ed Tut Discussion Lead in Weeks 1-6 (5%)
- Final Op-Ed Word length: 800 words (15%)
- The goal of this task is to encourage students to write a persuasive opinion piece on a hot topic – to explore a current, interesting or important issue, event, experience or idea associated with Japanese popular culture.
- The Discussion Lead must source and critique a relevant Op-Ed and post to the Tut Forum – the aim here is to review a number of published Op-Eds before writing your own.
- As part of course participation peers must post weekly peer review comments on one Op Ed Lead's critique each week by the Tuesday 11:55 pm – see participation
- Refer to the Task Sheet on Wattle.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Vodcast - 15%
Vodcast -15% (1, 2, 3, 4)
- The goal of this task is to encourage each student to develop presentation and critical thinking skills.
- Your vodcast must draw on one or two of the primary sources covered and use one or two of the secondary sources to help frame the argument.
- Each vodcast must end with A QUESTION for the class (which we will endeavour to answer as a group in class)
- Due by 11:55 pm the Monday before the relevant Wednesday tutorial in the second teaching term.
- Vodcasts must be submitted through the assignment link and posted on your tutorial forum
- Graded vodcasts with feedback will be returned the week after submission.
- As part of course participation peers must post weekly peer review comments on one Vodcast each week by the Tuesday 11:55 pm – see participation
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Essay - 40%
Essay - 40%
- The goal of this task is to write to academic essay.
- The essay involves researching, critical thinking, source evaluation, organisation, and composition. The goal is to draw on what others have to say about a topic and to draw evidence from the sources to thoughtfully offer your own perspective on the issue at hand.
- Due by 11:55 pm the Monday, 24 October.
- You are required to respond to one of the essay questions provided.
- You can only include primary works covered in the course.
- The reference list/bibliography is not included in the word count.
- Footnotes and embedded quotes are included in the word count.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Participation - 5%
Participation - 5% (1, 2, 3, 4)
- Participation is an important part of the course and active engagement both in class and on the course-forum will be recorded.
- It is hard to participate if you do not attend class. Students with a legitimate clash must submit a clash form to that effect within the first two weeks of classes.
- eers must post peer review comments on posted as noted above (except the weeks they are presenting) – this will be included in the participation grade. Comments to include a short critical response to the op ed topic, or the vodcast question posed.
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Online SubmissionThe ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.
Hardcopy SubmissionFor some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 5 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.
Referencing RequirementsAccepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Extensions and PenaltiesExtensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
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A/Prof Hayes's research interests include Japanese cultural production with a focus on modern Japanese poetry and Japanese language teaching methodologies and practice, particularly e-Teaching and e-Learning. See: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/hayes-c
AsPr Carol Hayes