Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Lecture Code ASB01001 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name テクスト文化論
Subject Name
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Text Culture
ヒラテ トモヒコ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  First Semester,  First Semester
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1st) Thur7-8:IAS J306
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 2 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 3 : Undergraduate High-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 14 : Cultural Studies
Eligible Students  
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Criterion referenced
Integrated Arts and Sciences
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding of the importance and characteristics of each discipline and basic theoretical framework.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・The ability to conduct research proactively by combining knowledge,  understanding, and skills for the tasks, based on flexible creativity and imagination. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
This class takes as the object of study the "text" and the world that surrounds it. The class will examine, from a historical perspective, how texts come into being and are transmitted, and how they are read. 
Class Schedule 1 What is a text?
2 Can spoken language constitute a text?
3 The emergence of writing
3 What did people write on?
4 From scrolls to books
5 Scribes and monasteries
6 Reading aloud and reading silently
7 Typographical printing
8 The Reformation and printing
9 The world of the chapbooks
10 The Enlightenment and the regulation of the printing industry
11 Public education and libraries
12 Book-lending shops and reading groups
13 Large-volume production of texts
14 The private press movement
15 The Internet and e-books

The class will involve sequential examination of the themes listed above, focusing mainly on Western Europe, but students may be asked to give presentations on other, related documents. 
A reading list will be given out in the first session, and will be explained in detail.
21 Seiki no Kyoyo (5) - Chi no Kongen o Tou ("Liberal Arts in the 21st Century V - Inquiring into the Roots of Knowledge"), Baifukan; Tekusuto to Dokusho no Bunkashi ("A Cultural History of Texts and Reading"), 2008, are also worth referring to. 
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Handouts and visual materials 
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Instructions will be given in class. 
Requirements There are no special requirements, although ideally students should have a basic knowledge of the history of Western Europe and of at least one major European language (such as English, French, German, Italian, or Latin, etc.). 
Grading Method Evaluation will be based on students' presentations and written reports (around 80% of the total score) and on participation, in terms of speaking up in class, etc. (around 20%). 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message Students will be expected to participate actively in class, speaking up and asking questions.

Other This English syllabus was translated from the Japanese version by the department. 
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