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Module

JPN4002 : Contemporary Japanese Animation

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Shiro Yoshioka
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

•       To familiarise students with the trends in contemporary academic research on anime.
•       To draw students’ attention to and deepen their understanding of the differences between academic approaches to anime in Japan and elsewhere (especially America) as well as the different ways scholars employ to reflect on Japanese culture and society in general.
•       To raise students’ awareness of anime’s potential as a text that can inform a variety of disciplines.
•       To develop students’ understanding of the history and the main genres of anime.
•       To develop students’ understanding of the history of the exportation of anime and of its acceptance outside Japan.

Outline Of Syllabus

Anime is rapidly gaining popularity as a subject of academic research in a number of disciplines. Approaches to anime, however, vary, especially between works written in English and Japanese: different films and different topics are chosen and different methodologies are employed. The most significant point to consider is the different attitudes held by Japanese and non-Japanese scholars in their approach to Japanese society and culture. Those differences, in turn, relate to differences in the disciplines associated with research of anime and related media in Japan and elsewhere.

Anime and related media provide us with a vantage point on contemporary Japanese society and culture. However, when using anime as a source for research on Japanese society and culture, it is mandatory to overcome this split, and to do so, we need to approach anime from three viewpoints: the non-Japanese (especially American) view of anime that conceives it mainly as a film text; the Japanese view that analyses it as a representation of specific social situation and thought peculiar to contemporary Japan, and finally that of the enthusiast who focus on the technical details and the history of anime as an art form. This advanced survey course begins with an overview of the history of anime, and then explores the various ways in which anime has been treated in academic research, taking cues from critical writings. Finally, we shall reflect upon the Japanese and the American critical approach to anime in order to summarise the issues raised in the course.

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 materials182:0036:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present-in-Person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study198:0098:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

SGL (Lecture materials) and SGL (Academic skills activities) will equip students with skills and knowledge required to study and understand contemporary Japanese animation.

In SGL (small group teaching) students will have opportunity to express their opinion on the materials covered in the above two activities and discuss with peers and the lecturer. It is also intended to provide feedback to any work students are asked to submit as a part of other SGL activities including the formative assessment as well as asking the lecturer and/or peers any question they have for discussion online, thus deepening their understanding of the subject.

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
Essay1M1002500 words in English
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Research proposal1MA proposal on an academic paper on anime with a focus on one of the topics covered in the module
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The students have to write an essay on one of the topics covered in the course (e.g. History of anime, gender, internationalisation of anime). The choice of specific agenda as well as methodology to be adopted is up to the students (The choice of agenda itself and how s/he discusses the issue of his/her choice will be also assessed).

The proposal will enable the student to reflect on possible topics, methodology, structure and other aspects of an academic paper on anime, and use any feedback for their essay.

Reading Lists

Timetable