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現在位置: ホーム ja シラバス(2020年度) 文学研究科 英語授業 JK21002Research 1~3-Seminar (KBR/SEG)(Lecture)

JK21002Research 1~3-Seminar (KBR/SEG)(Lecture)

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科目ナンバリング
  • G-LET36 6JK21 LE36
開講年度・開講期 2020・後期
単位数 2 単位
授業形態 特殊講義
配当学年 1回生以上
対象学生 大学院生
使用言語 英語
曜時限 火3
教員
  • Bjorn-Ole Kamm(文学研究科 講師)
授業の概要・目的 Nation-building or regional marketing at first glance appear as matters of politics but they also penetrate deeply into the sphere of play, amusement, and leisure. This course revolves around the question how certain actors seek to create a specific "Japan" through leisure policies, domestic tourism, or the recent "Cool Japan" country-marketing campaign. Who decides what is play and non-play? Who decides about "good" play (asobi) in Japan? What role do regions outside Japan as well as leisure’s supposed opposites, seriousness and work, play in these attempts?
By tracing play as a matter of concern for policy makers, intellectuals, and ordinary people, the course further introduces a new theoretical and methodological approach to Cultural Studies that is less concerned with meanings and values but with contested, contingent modes of cultural ordering: narratives about, for example, a given nation’s place in the world and their material embodiments, such as written laws or metropolitan redevelopment projects.

Study Focus: Knowledge, Belief and Religion; Society, Economy and Governance.
Modules: Mobility & Research 1; Mobility & Research 2; Research 3.
到達目標 Students will receive basic instruction in the etymology of asobi and its role in discourses about the Japanese (nihonjinron). First and foremost, students will learn step-by-step protocols for analyzing cultural phenomena, such as play and leisure activities, by focusing on describable attempts of ordering (discourses, institutions, embodiments) that produce these phenomena using the example of Japan in a transcultural context.
授業計画と内容 IMPORTANT・重要: The course will be offered Tuesday evenings (from 18:15) and is online only (please go to PandA for the Zoom link). Course sessions will be held in accordance with the following general structure. A detailed plan for each class will be determined depending on the number of and the feedback from the participants, and will be announced in class. Parts 2 and 3 may be organized as block sessions or held asynchronously with student presentations as videos on demand.

(1) Introduction [3 weeks]
Lecture on Cultural Studies as the study of ordering modes (theoretical concepts, basic terminology, methodological protocols) and "play" as an object of inquiry, followed by an introduction to debates about the "Japaneseness" of leisure activities in Japanese-language discourse (since the 1960s). Students will further be provided with guidelines for class preparation and exercises.
(2) Readings and Discussion [5 weeks]
Students will read studies on play, leisure and work taken from different moments in Japanese history (e.g., Meiji Restoration, prewar tourism, postwar income policies, lifestyle superpower, moratorium people or Akihabara redevelopment) to present and discuss these readings in class. The focus lies on the question if -- and how -- these readings exemplify studies of ordering modes and how different approaches may lead to different conclusions.
(3) Exercises [6 weeks]
Building on the previous sessions and depending on the number of participants, students will formulate and conduct exercises on current issues in Japan in which play is ordered and managed. This can take the form of individual, basic studies of such a matter of concern (e.g., through a newspaper analysis), or the development of gaming simulations to understand cases of ordering.
(4) Conclusion and Feedback [1 week]
成績評価の方法・観点 All students: Homework (20%), exercise and presentation script (50%), feedback (10%), active participation (20%). For a full seminar (8 ECTS): A research paper (counting 30% of the overall grade).
履修要件 特になし
授業外学習(予習・復習)等 Regular homework as well as exercises will play an important role in this course. Participants need to prepare one reading before each class session and are asked to write short comprehension essays afterwards, both of which will require at least one hour. Participants present at least one topic in class, which also necessitates preparation out of class.
教科書
  • 使用しない
参考書等
  • The course materials as well as lecture slides will be made available via the course webpage.
  • The course takes guiding cues from
  • Kendall, Gavin, and Gary Wickham. 2001. Understanding Culture: Cultural Studies, Order, Ordering. London, Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Law, John. 1994. Organizing Modernity. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Leheny, David. 2003. The Rules of Play: National Identity and the Shaping of Japanese Leisure. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • Reading these books is not mandatory but the course will reference certain points of their discussion.