YOKOHAMA CITY UNIVERSITY

SEM114

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CodeSEM114
Course NameMulticultural Seminar (Japan in the World Media)
InstructorNarum, Paul
Credits2
TermTerm2
MajorMulticultural Seminar
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Course outlineThis class is aimed at students deemed proficient in using English at a college-level class. Not only does that mean written knowledge, but also a special emphasis on speaking and listening. All students will be urged to express their own opinions actively and freely, and will be graded accordingly. The theme of this course is the way that Japan is presented in foreign media. The materials to be used include TV documentaries and newspaper and magazine articles. The themes to be addressed include World War II (particularly Japan's invasion of China and the A-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki), the economic miracle of the 1950's and 1960's (particularly lifestyle changes and environmental pollution), the issue of whaling, the 3.11 earthquake, and territorial disputes with neighboring countries. Current news stories will also be used. Through this course it is hoped that the YCU students will gain a broader understanding of the way Japan is portrayed abroad. If possible, guest speakers active in journalism will be invited. Another purpose is to simulate a college-level class in the United States, both in terms of course offerings and class participation.
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