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OSPKYOTO 33: Ecology of Japanese Satoyama

Satoyama refers to the traditional rural landscapes of Japan, and it is a term that has become widely known internationally in the ecological sustainability literature, highlighting the value of traditional land use for the sustainable management of natural resources. I would introduce to the students, and have them discuss, the scientific basis of biodiversity and ecosystem services, the cultural influence on agriculturall and use,and how the scientific and cultural factors interact to affect the way natural resources are managed.The course would emphasize student-led discussion based on reading of primary and popular literature on the history, current status, societal perception of the value of satoyama for biodiversity and human well-beingin Japan. Student discussion will also compare the satoyama concept to similar ones developed in othercountriesin Asia, Europe, and North America.
Last offered: Spring 2021

OSPKYOTO 39: Capturing Concepts: A Photographic Exploration of the Origins of Kanji

Under guidance of official photographer for KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival, photograph scenes from everyday life in Kyoto to portray contemporary versions of the ancient forms and original meanings of ten different kanji. Develop observational, interpretive and creative abilities as well as improve technical skills (including picture composition and image editing). Enrollment limited.
Terms: Aut, Win | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE

OSPKYOTO 41: Queer Culture and Life in Japan

Exploration of queer lives and cultural practices in Japan through diverse materials from film, literature, theater, art, as well as newspapers and personal testimonies. What it means to be queer in Japan and how it might signify differently from a US context. Looking at each text, examine how gender norms and sexual politics intersect and operate in Japanese society.
Terms: Aut, Win | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI, WAY-EDP

OSPKYOTO 42: Gardens of Kyoto: Spaces of Aesthetic and Spiritual Contemplation

Chronological stroll through Japanese gardens of different types and functions, spanning from the Heian period (794¿1185), when the ancient capital of Kyoto was established, through to contemporary times. Weekly field trips to a selection of Kyoto gardens and garden-related activities, in order to gain an understanding of the historical development and functions of Japanese gardens, including their design principles, techniques, and elements.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II

OSPKYOTO 43: Music and Marginalized Communities in Japan

This course provides a platform for students to explore the relevance of music activities for marginalized communities in Japan who struggle for self-expression and human rights. Particular attention will be paid to the Okinawan, Buraku and Zainichi Korean communities. Class lectures are combined with film screenings, and active participation in class discussion will be vital. Field visits to the communities will also be an important component of the class: students attend musical performances, interact directly with members of the respective community, and learn how they use musical expression as a tangible force in their social and political movements.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-EDP

OSPKYOTO 53: Topics in Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity

Through group discussions, films, field trips and independent study, students will explore the experiences of Japanese minorities: from the indigenous Ainu and Okinawans, and the outcaste Burakumin, to the seemingly "forever foreign" Zainichi Koreans and returning Japanese-Brazilians, whose conditional welcome on both sides of the Pacific raises important questions about distinctions between race and culture. Japanese ideologies about racial/ethnic difference can be compared and contrasted with historical and contemporary examples from Europe and other parts of Asia, as well as to debates about assimilation and the melting pot in the U.S. Semi-weekly meetings. Requirements vary by number of units.
Last offered: Autumn 2019

OSPKYOTO 55: Exploring Japan's Media Landscape

This course will examine Japanese media through the lenses of economics, politics, and media studies. A key goal: understand the forces that shape the creation of content across different demands that individuals in Japan have for information as consumers, producers, entertainment seekers, and voters. Broad themes include the ways that markets transform information into news, the operation of the marketplace of ideas, the economics of digital entertainment markets, and the operation of social networks. Distinctive features of Japanese media include anime, manga, national newspapers, and the NHK public broadcasting system. Media coverage of preparations for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will be a key focal point for discussion. (Note: no previous study of economics, politics, or media studies required).
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-4 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI

OSPKYOTO 56: Independent Study Topics on Japanese Media

Independent research on topics relating to economic, political, and cultural forces driving the creation of Japanese media content. Students will conduct research on media topics and meet weekly with the instructor.
Last offered: Spring 2020

OSPKYOTO 58: A Journey into the Buddhist Visual Arts of Japan

Impact of Buddhism on the arts and culture of Japan as seen in the ancient capital of Kyoto. Image production, iconography, representational strategies, as well as the ritual and visual functions of Buddhist sculpture and painting with a focus on selected historical temples and their icons. Also examination of architectural and landscape elements of temple layouts, within which iconographic programs are framed, images are enlivened, and practices centered on these devotional and ritual art.
Terms: Aut, Win | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II

OSPKYOTO 65: From the Cradle to the Grave: Wrestling with Demographic Destiny in Japan

In this course, students will not only learn to see Japan in demographic perspective during their stay, they also will be able translate their skills and understanding of demographic data, concepts and processes back to their lives in the United States -- where similar changes (e.g., toward an aging society) and debates (e.g., about immigration restriction) are occurring.
Last offered: Autumn 2019 | UG Reqs: WAY-EDP, WAY-SI
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