2015 Course Offerings
Each student is required to enroll in exactly 2 courses.
Instructor:Dr. David Rands
Description: This course offers a broad introduction to the history of Japan since the end of the Pacific War (the theater of World War II fought in the Pacific and East Asia). It will consider major topics in Japan's modern history and will seek to provide students with the historical background necessary for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary Japan, as well as the continuities and discontinuities in Japanese society today. 3 credit hours
Instructor: Dr. Lauren McKee
Food and politics are never very far apart. Romans gave their serfs “bread and circuses” to keep them from rebelling; Marie Antoinette famously uttered, “Let them eat cake”; even Herbert Hoover promised Americans a “chicken in every pot” should they elect him in the 1920s.
Food and Culture: A Reader, 2nd edition, by Carole Cunahan
Instructor: Dr. David Rands
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 Lessons 1-5 of Genki I, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese. 3 credit hours
Instructor: Dr. Lauren McKee
Description:This course proposes to examine political and social change in post-Meiji Japan (roughly 1868 to the present) through the reading of contemporary Japanese literature. The course goals are both stylistic and thematic, among them to: provide a historical context for reading texts; demonstrate Western literary influences in Japanese literature; identify Japanese themes and styles of writing; examine these themes in the context of a historical, social and political progression since the Meiji Restoration. 3 credit hours
Instructor: Dr. Mark Phillips
Description: This course is a critical study of the relation between philosophical concepts and the medium of film, which examines the unique manner in which film conveys ideas that are arguably too complex for more traditional media. Through a survey of films whose content illustrates philosophical ideas, as well as a variety of philosophical sources, students learn about the ways in which film can "bring to life" philosophical concepts like no other medium (and how potential filmmakers might utilize philosophical ideas in the production of their own work). 3 credit hours
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