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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 | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-ED, WAY-SI

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
Instructors: Hamilton, J. (PI)

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.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-ED, WAY-SI

OSPMADRD 19: Language and Thought

Languages describe the world in different ways. In some languages, you have to say when an event happened (past, present, future, etc.), while in others it is obligatory to say how you know about the event (you saw it, you heard about it), or the gender of its participants. In some languages there is one word that covers blue-and-green, while in others there are many. Do these differences in the language you speak influence the way that you perceive, understand, and think? We will survey recent work on how languages affect thought, with a special emphasis on contrasts between Spanish and English. Assignments include reading original sources, essays synthesizing science with personal reflections, and (attempts at) replication of key experiments with friends and acquaintances.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI
Instructors: Goodman, N. (PI)

OSPMADRD 43: The Jacobean Star Way and Europe: Society, Politics and Culture

The Saint James' Way as a tool to understand historic dynamics from a global perspective. Its effect on the structures that form a political and institutional system, and its society, economy, and ideology. Enrollment limited; instructor approval required.
Terms: Spr | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, GER:EC-GlobalCom, WAY-A-II, WAY-SI

OSPMADRD 47: Cultural Relations between Spain and the United States:Historical Perceptions and Influences, 1776-2

Critical historical thinking about international cultural relations, using Spain and U.S. as case studies examples, with references to Atlantic world contexts, from 1776 to the present. Insights into the continuing social and political relevance of their contested legacies. interpretive perspectives grounded in different ideologies, interests and collective identities within both societies. Introduction to pertinent social scientific theory regarding identity formation, self-image, and perceptions of and interactions with ethnic and cultural otherness. Differences between history, historiography and memory through consideration of diverse forms of expression and vehicles of transmission of collective memory.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II, WAY-SI

OSPMADRD 54: Contemporary Spanish Economy and the European Union

Concepts and methods for analysis of a country's economy with focus on Spain and the EU. Spain's growth and structural change; evolution of Spain's production sectors, agriculture, industry, and services; institutional factors such as the labor market and public sector; Spain's economic international relations, in particular, development of the EU, institutional framework, economic and monetary union, policies related to the European economic integration process, and U.S.-EU relationship.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-SI

OSPMADRD 55: Latin Americans in Spain: Cultural Identities, Social Practices, and Migratory Experience

Shift in recent decades from Spain being a country of emigration to one attractive for immigration, especially for people coming from Latin America. Transnational processes of interculturality, integration and assimilation as illustrated by the different ways that immigrant Spaniards relate to Spanish society in Spain.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-ED, WAY-SI

OSPMADRD 61: Society and Cultural Change: The Case of Spain

Complexity of socio-cultural change in Spain during the last three decades. Topics include: cultural diversity in Iberian world; social structure; family in Mediterranean cultures; ages and generations; political parties and ideologies; communication and consumption; religion; and leisure activities.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-ED, WAY-SI

OSPMADRD 74: Islam in Spain and Europe: 1300 Years of Contact

Primary problems and conflicts in the contemporary Islamic world and it relations with the West, as well as the relationship between Spain and Islam throughout history. Special attention to the history of al-Andalus, an Islamic state in the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages, evaluating the importance of its legacy in Europe and in contemporary Spain. Spain¿s leading role in relations between Europe and the Mediterranean Islamic states from the Modern Era to the present day.
Terms: Win | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, GER:EC-GlobalCom, WAY-SI
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