|科目の目的・到達目標||To give a broad introduction to the field of comparative literary and cultural studies and introduce students to a range of critical and creative approaches to analyze, engage and participate in contemporary culture with a focus on literature. In addition, as the course is in English and will deal with sometimes complex and challenging English texts, it is hoped that students’language ability will develop to a standard where they could seek to pursue further study at foreign universities and be able to be manage well in international situations where English is used (e.g. in companies, NGOs etc.). Central to the seminar is the completion of a graduation thesis in English.|
|授業の概要||This course aims at developing a cohesive understanding of the relationships between language, culture and identity. Central to this course will be an examination of the interrelationships of language, culture and power, developing critical analytical tools to examine the political nature of language usage, discourse and enculturation. More broadly, this course will challenge student perceptions of the relationship between self, identity and culture in terms of discourse and their individual relationships to language use, space, media and text, and Japanese culture. The overall objective of this course is to, challenge students’ inherited ideas about language, culture and identity, and in collaboration develop the critical, creative and analytical tools to participate in discourse actively, consciously and critically. Along with a general introduction to cultural studies, this course is aimed at significantly improving students’ abilities in English usage. In terms of English skills, this course will be very intensive and students will be expected to complete and significant amount of reading, writing, and discussion in English every week.|
|授業計画||Class time will consist of informal discussions, often based on assigned readings; some discussions will be instructor-led and some student-led. Depending on class size, students may also take part in a group project, with the topic selected by students.
Throughout the semester, students will be asked to complete various creative and critical writing and thinking exercises, as well as to undertake individual and independent research projects. Students will also prepare and submit a short individual report each semester, and a final short thesis at the end of the second year. The topics will depend on student interests. Students will be given regular guidance during the preparation of reports, which must be fully and accurately referenced. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. It is an aim of the course to then publish the final essays in a small booklet at the end of the final year.
|評価方法||Regular, timely and attentive attendance is essential. Students will be expected to satisfactorily prepare for (and participate in) classes and to submit homework assignments on time; late submission will be heavily penalized, and plagiarism will not be tolerated.
Assuming these requirements are met, approximately 60% of the marks will be for reports, with the amount varying according to the year.
|テキスト・参考文献等||Students will use a range of materials instead of concentrating on one textbook. Handouts will be provided. In addition, a list of recommended texts will be provided; students will also be expected to perform individual library research of both English- and Japanese-language materials (including internet resources).|
|授業外の学習活動||Where the opportunities arise, students will be encouraged to attend theatre productions, literary events individually or as a seminar group. This will not be compulsory.|