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 Educational Sciences Teaching Japanese as a Second Language Program
Lecture Code WND26008 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 特別研究
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Tutorial Seminar in Special Topics
ニシムラ ヒロシ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  First Semester
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1st) Thur5-6:Faculty Office
Lesson Style Seminar Lesson Style
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Handouts, discussions and lectures, and frequent use of blackboard 
Credits 1.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 6 : Graduate Advanced
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 05 : Sociology
Eligible Students Open only to students who write a master thesis under the guidance by NISHIMURA
Keywords Cultural research, cultural theory, research on Japan, cultural sociology, historical sociology 
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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Mainly based on cultural sociology and historical sociology, this course will present easy-to-understand explanations on a wide variety of cultures. Focusing on diversity in Japan, students in this course will consider diverse aspects of this country from the perspectives of history and sociology, and obtain the basic ideas needed when considering culture. 
Class Schedule lesson1:Discuss the concept of “culture,” which is the cornerstone of this class.
lesson2:You sometimes feel “ difference of culture.” Consider this “ difference”, using magazines.
lesson3:Consider what difference and sameness are, before concluding the relevant culture is different.
lesson4:Learn about essentialism and constructionism, which are integral to considering culture.
lesson5:Consider the merits and demerits of the relativism of culture.
lesson6:It might be too simple to consider something as a phenomenon of cultural diffusion. Consider this problem, using Shoichi Inoue’s discussion on Horyuji Temple’s pillar.
lesson7:After listening to the explanation on the concept of the “invention of tradition,” consider specific examples of the nvention of tradition around you.
lesson8:The invention of tradition has not only negative aspects but also useful ones. Consider the invention of tradition from both angles.
lesson9:Using manga as a reference material, consider what it means to describe culture.
lesson10:Using Soba Noodles and Kishimen Noodles by Yoshinori SShimizu, consider strange points of cultural studies.
lesson11:What does “Osaka” represent? Using a study by Isamu Kuroda, consider this question.
lesson12:It is certain that misleading representation is sometimes troublesome, but if there is no representation, what will happen?
lesson13:The empiricism is not bad, but consider that an extreme dependence on empiricism sometimes renders communication
lesson14:Review Japan from the perspectives of “east and west” and “north and south,” rather than a single entity.
lesson15:Learn from movies that are useful for cultural research.
An examination will be held. Focus will be placed not only on knowledge but also on ways of thinking. 
Discussion & lecture-oriented, and frequent use of a blackboard: documents will be handed out, if necessary. 
PC or AV used in
(More Details) Texts, handouts, audio materials, and visual materials (video/PC/ and other visual materials) 
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Preparation and
Assignment instructions will be given each time.
1-5: Read designated magazines.
5-8: Read designated descriptions from a cultural anthropology dictionary and take notes on your impressions.
9-10: Read reference material copies.
11-14: Read designated manga or watch designated movies. 
Requirements Open only to students who write a master thesis under the guidance by NISHIMURA 
Grading Method Students attending this class are required to take a three-hour writing test in Japanese. 
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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