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Module

JPN2004 : Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen
  • Lecturer: Dr Shiro Yoshioka
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The primary aim of this module is to familiarise the students with contemporary Japanese popular culture and help them develop skills allowing them to critically study this field academically. Japanese popular culture is an ever changing field and students are expected to bring their own knowledge of Japanese popular culture to class discussions.

Transmediality is today a central factor for understanding Japanese popular culture and in this module we will study the characteristics and interrelationship between different media types such manga, anime, TV productions and cyber culture. The module will also introduce basic theories and concepts for critical analysis of popular cultural texts as well as cultural, social and historical background of different media types in contemporary Japan. This module will prepare students for their social and cultural experiences in Japan by helping them to develop a critical attitude toward the study of contemporary Japan. While original materials may be introduced, all required reading materials, lectures and assessments will be in English.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module is structured to cover various elements of media types in contemporary Japan such as manga, anime, music, TV productions and so forth.

A detailed syllabus will be available in the module handbook.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials182:0036:00Short lectures, guided reading etc
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present in person: students lead presentations and discussion
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:00Including worksheets, short screening etc
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Synchronous online: to discuss lectures and reading materials or worksheet answers
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study198:0098:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The short lectures given as synchronous online time will provide the students with knowledge of theory, historical and cultural background which are necessary for critical thinking on the topics.

Present in person scheduled seminars will allow students to take lead and present their thoughts and to learn how to lead a discussion and therefore students will be asked to do presentations that can open up to a general discussion on issues related to contemporary Japanese popular culture with their peers.

The synchronous online scheduled time allows students in an informal environment to ask questions about the materials they have been asked to read and view as part of the non-synchronous online activities. This includes the two online sessions on academic writing and how to present effectively.

In drop-in surgeries, the students can seek advice from the lecturers on the coursework.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1002500 word essay. To be submitted at the end of the semester.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1MStudent presentations and student-led discussions
Oral Presentation2MStudent presentations and student-led discussions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay will allow students to demonstrate a solid knowledge of contemporary Japanese culture and society, developed via critical analysis of popular cultural texts. Goal setting & action planning, independence and active learning will be tested together with written skills, critical thinking, innovation and creativity and self-awareness and reflection.

The oral presentation will test students’ skills in orally presenting information in a limited period of time in a coherent and succinct manner. They are also expected to show leadership abilities by taking charge of the following discussion.

Reading Lists

Timetable