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The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Using manga (Japanese comics) and anime (Japanese animation) as a window, we will look into the formation and transformation of contemporary Japanese Society in the postwar era. Starting from a discussion of the major theoretical perspectives on the Japanese society, we will focus on salient aspects of social changes in contemporary Japan, with a particular focus on how these have been represented in manga, anime and related popular cultural products, including corporation, employment, politics, family, gender, education, youth, health, environment and foreign affairs. Our objectives are twofold, both to understand the significance of manga and anime in the Japanese society and to deepen our understanding of the Japanese society by locating the major themes and issues presented in manga and anime in a larger social, economic, political, cultural and historical contexts. An experiential learning approach will be adopted to relate students personal experiences in reading and consuming manga and anime to broader social issues in Japan.
Exercise (a worksheet) 10%
Short Commentary 20%
Take-home Assessment 40%
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midterm paper+final paper+test(其實最後未算入成績中,只系German一時興起)
interesting course that requires lots of reading and watching at home, and workload is quite heavy
hw essay, quiz or journal, essay or publication
全MC Final Test
topics related to japanese society and manga
short commentary , mc test, term paper
期中論文 +final take home essay+MC exam/動漫欣賞札記
Using sociology concept to explain the changes in Japanese anime, manga and game industry. E.g. Ideology, technology, design, topic...etc.
40% take home final
30% MC quiz
20% short essay
Japan Manga History
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