JK19001 Research 1~3-Seminar (VMC)(Lecture)

Numbering Code U-LET36 3JK19 LE36 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type special lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Wed.4・5
Instructor name Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano (Graduate School of Letters Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course *************
IMPORTANT: At least during October, this class will be offered in an online or hybrid format. Please check “Class support” or PandA for detailed information.

The search for a sustainable life is a pressing issue in Japan, especially after the Fukushima disaster. However, those of us living in Japan are uncertain about where to start and how to proceed. This course will examine “ecocinema,” focusing specifically on films from the U.S., P.R.C. and Japan that tackle issues of nuclear power, agriculture, and sustainable life. By examining those issues in different regions, we will imagine how global sustainability might look and what roles our transcultural communities might play in the future.
Course Goals First, students will learn about a wide range of issues in present global ecology and a variety of documentary films categorized as “ecocinema.” Second, students will learn how to analyze those films. They will study, step-by-step, how to approach and analyze the medium of film. Third, in developing and writing their final essays, students will hone their ability to produce a persuasive paper. During our final two to three weeks, all students will present their final essay topics to the class.
Schedule and Contents The course will be offered in accordance with the following general structure. A detailed plan for each class will be determined depending on enrolment and feedback from the participants, and it will be announced in class. The reading materials for each week will be announced at the beginning of the course.

(week 1-2) Introduction: What is Ecocinema?

(week 3-4) Issues on Global Warming
An Inconvenient Truth (2006, dir. Davis Guggenheim, 1 h 36 min)
35 Inconvenient Truths (adapted from a report by Christopher Monckton, 9:53 and 8:57 min)

(week 5-6) Planet or Plastic?
Plastic China (2016, dir. Jiuliang Wang, 1 h 22 min)

(week 7-8) Issues on Alternative Energy
Ashes to Honey (2010, dir. Hitomi Kamanaka, 2h 15 min)

(week 9-10) Issues on Fukushima
Nuclear Nation (2012, dir. Atsushi Funahashi, 1h 36 min)

(week 11-12) Food Ecology and Animal Rights
Food, inc. (2008, dir. Robert Kenner, 1h 34 min)
A Story of a Butcher’s Shop (2013, dir. Aya Hanabusa, 1h 49 min) excerpt

(week 13-15) student presentations + wind down
Evaluation Methods and Policy Active Participation + Attendance (20%), Leading Discussion on Reading Materials (10%), Short Reaction Paper (20%), Presentation (10%), Final Paper (40%).
Course Requirements Number of participants not more than 10.

Study outside of Class (preparation and review) The participants are expected to complete all reading materials before they come to our class.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Not used. Reading materials will be retrieved digitally from our homepage.