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Remember: Pre-departure Online Intro Week from May 21-27
and Four-Day Class Weeks in Kyoto!

 

 

2017 Course Offerings

New Course: Deciphering Manga and Anime
Love in the Japanese Cinema

The Tao of Happiness

Basic Japanese II
History of Asian Civilizations
Journey to the Heart of Zen

 

Notes:

  • Each student is required to enroll in exactly 2 courses.
  • Each student should choose the level most appropriate for his/her academic career.
  • Each student should choose 2 courses NOT taught by the same professor (for example, you should not sign up for both courses with Dr. Rands)
  • One Japanese language course will be offered based upon expected student enrollment. If you wish to sign up for Japanese language and are not sure if this level is right for you, email us.
  • You will be expected to indicate your course preference when you fill out the online application, including alternate choices.
  • All courses will include a one-week online intro week from May 21-27. Therefore, all students must obtain a syllabus from the instructor for each course, and be able to log into UNO Moodle PRIOR TO May 21, 2017.
2017 Class Schedule

First period: 9:00 - 10:30 am

Basic Japanese II

Deciphering Manga and Anime

Love in the Japanese Cinema


Second Period: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

History of Asian Civilizations

The Tao of Happiness


Tomodachi Program (during lunch) 12:15 - 1:10 pm

Third Period: 1:10 - 2:40 pm

Journey to the Heart of Zen


All classes meet Monday through Thursday unless a special program event is scheduled. Our schedule follows the Doshisha University class schedule, as their academic term is in session. Therefore our students are going to and coming from classes at the same time as the "regular" Doshisha students.
 
 

 
 

Love in the Japanese Cinema

FTA 2090-92

Instructor: Mr. Laszlo Fulop, M.F.A.

Course Description:
This course will focus on the exploration of the theme of love (romantic, familial, patriotic, etc.) in the cinematic traditions of Japan. Through specific films that deal with this subject matter, students will learn about major directors and cinematic trends of the Japanese film. Students will also learn about the technical, aesthetic, narrative, and commercial development of the cinematic art form in this culture. Students will study the influences at work on Japanese cinema as well as the specific distinctions between Japanese film and other traditions, such as the Hollywood film. 3 credit hours


Basic Japanese II

JAPN 1002

Instructor: Dr. David Rands, Ph.D

Course Description:
Practice of Japanese language for four basic skills: beginners, reading, writing, listening and speaking.  Reading and writing words, phrases, simple sentences and passages in hiragana, katakana and about 40 kanji; Engaging in simple conversations about topics introduced in the Genki I, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese textbook (required). Prerequisite: JAPN 1001 or consent of department. 3 credit hours.

TEXTBOOKS (required):
Genki 1, 2nd edition
, Student Text with In-Text audio CD-ROM (Chapters 6-10)
Banno, Ikeda, Ohno, Shinagawa and Tokashiki
Genki 1 Workbook, 2nd edition with audio CD-ROM (Chapters 6-10)
Audio Supplements available on Moodle

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The Tao of Happiness

HUMS 2090

Instructor: Dr. Hans Gruenig, Ph.D..

Course Description:
This interdisciplinary course focuses on Eastern and Western approaches to happiness and human flourishing, drawing on the fields of philosophy and psychology.  Special attention will be given to the field of positive psychology and Asian approaches to happiness that are influential in Japan, including Buddhism and Taoism.  This course will include experiential and practical learning activities and assignments, and students will receive instruction in a variety of practices that have been scientifically shown to enhance happiness and well being. 3 credit hours

Required Texts
The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want - by Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky

Online Readings in ancient philosophy from figures such as the Taoist philosopher Chuang Tzu, the Buddha,
Epictetus, Zen Masters, and others.

Additional texts TBA

VIA Signature Strengths Survey (from Professor Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania)
http://authentichappiness.com

StrengthsQuest Strengths Survey for Academics (Gallup, Inc.)
http://www.strengthsquest.com/content/141344/Academics.aspx

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History of Asian Civilizations

HIST 2201

Instructor:  Dr. David Rands, Ph.D.

Course Description:
A comparative approach to the study of Asia divided into five culture zones (West, South, East, Southeast, and Central) from the dawning of civilization to the sixteenth century C.E. 3 credit hours

Students will be required to have access to the following texts: Cottrell, Arthur, Asia: A Concise History (ISBN-13: 978-0-470-82504-4)

 
 

Journey to the Heart of Zen

PHIL 4095

Instructor: Dr. Hans Gruenig, Ph.D.

Course Description:
This course explores the history, theory, and practices of Zen Buddhism and its approaches to wisdom, mindfulness, meditation, compassion, enlightenment and living a good life.  Students will learn about the original teachings of the Buddha in ancient India, the development of Chan/Zen in China and Japan, and the impact of Zen on Japanese culture.  This course will include experiential and practical learning activities and assignments, and students will receive instruction in traditional meditation and mindfulness practices, which have been scientifically shown to enhance happiness and well being. 3 credit hours

Note: this course will include some afternoon field trips which may extend beyond 2:40pm. Some field trips may require additional expenses.

TEXTBOOKS:
Required:
The Foundations of Buddhism by Rupert Gethin
Early Buddhist Discourses (free, online - translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu)
Later Buddhist Texts (free, online), including:
Hsin Hsin Ming
Fukanzazengi
Heart Sutra
Additional Texts TBA

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Deciphering Manga and Anime

HUMS 2090

Instructor: Dr. David Rands, Ph.D

Course Description:
This course is designed to develop students' understanding of Japan through materials, such as anime and manga. Anime and manga are extremely popular and can be used to approach a number of historical, cultural, and traditional aspects of Japan. This course will explore Japanese language and society through the use of these media. Students will gain a better understanding of the different genre, historically significant, and current uses of manga, culminating in students visiting the Kyoto International Manga Museum. Students will also utilize anime as a lens through which to view Japanese society. They will evaluate several styles of anime and discuss the implications of different anime as a reflection of Japanese values. The inspection of anime will also provide an opportunity for students to evaluate the linguistic components of anime and the ways in which the Japanese language interacts with the visual presenation. 3 credit hours.

TEXTBOOKS (required):
TBA

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