Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Master's Course) Division of Humanities and Social Sciences Integrated Arts and Human Sciences Program
Lecture Code WMJ30301 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 比較芸術論
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Comparative Studies of Arts
グラジディアン マリア ミハエラ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  2Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2T) Weds5-8:IAS J201
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Lecture, discussion, debate, participatory observation, interviews, etc. 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction B : Japanese/English
Course Level 5 : Graduate Basic
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 11 : Cultural Anthropology
Eligible Students Students interested in mass-media and phenomena of popular culture
Keywords Mass-Media, Popular Culture, SNS (Social Network Sites), Late Modernity, New Humanism, Gender 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Class Objectives
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The goal of this class is to familiarize students with the structure(s) and function(s) of mass-media on a strong theoretical background, with focus on the representaiton of masculinity by mainstream media. The course starts with the explanation of the categories of media, followed by the historically outlined impact and progress of media, and continuing with the analysis of the media in present-day, on the basis of various theories, such as sociology, aesthetics, anthropology, etc.  The participants are free to choose the topics of their oral presentations and term-papers, but they must focus of phenomena of mass-media (Facebook, Google, Hollywood movies, J-Pop, anime, etc. included). During the class, ‘Takarazuka Revue’ is taken as a practical example of how mass-media work, but additional examples such as ‘Star Wars’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ are brought in, too.  
Class Schedule 第1回  Introduction
第2回  Media Theory: McLuhan 1/2
第3回  Media Theory: McLuhan 2/2
第4回  Media Theory: McQuail 1/2
第5回  Media Theory: McQuail 2/2
第6回  Media and Gender: femininity 1/2
第7回  Media and Gender: femininity 2/2
第8回  Media and Gender: masculinity 1/3
第9回  Media and Gender: masculinity 2/3
第10回 Media and Gender: masculinity 3/3
第11回 Oral presentations 1/4
第12回 Oral presentations 2/4
第13回 Oral presentations 3/4
第14回 Oral presentations 4/4
第15回 Conclusion, submission of term papers 
Understanding Media (McLuhan 1964), Mass-Communication Theory (McQuail 2010), Medium als Vermittlung (Schaeffer 2017), Media Theory in Japan (Zahlten/Steinberg 2017), Introduction to Social Media (Fuchs 2017) etc. 
PC or AV used in
(More Details) PowerPoint (laptop, projector), video examples (DVD player, projector), hand-outs 
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Preparation and
This is a course in which mass-media is regarded as a practical phenomenon. As a rule of thumb, the theory is employed as a tool, and explained in such a way to turn it into a means to analysis and comprehend the world. Correspondingly, the so-called ‘participatory observation’is an important method. The books and media phenomena presented are supposed to be studied individually; based on the individual experience (also known as “phenomenological approach”), an open discussion is expected, during which the individual visions are shared, explained and accepted. In particular, Hollywood movies, Japanese anime works, SNS are in the focus, and we shall think about their impact on our perception and processing of politic-economic challenges (such as cultural imperialism, [re-]militarization, climate change, gender issues, refugees) occurring currently worldwide. 
Requirements Fluency in English and Japanese 
Grading Method 3 small essays, each 10% x 3 = 30% (Rurouni Kenshin, Harry Potter, Star Wars)
oral presentation =20% (a topic of your own choice)
term-paper=50% (a topic of your own choice) 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
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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