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 授業科目
 Course Title
比較文化概論
- Culture through the ages -
Conceptions of Comparative Culture
 担当者
 Instructor
教授   E.F. チャーチル  前学期 金曜日2時限
 単 位
 Credit
2

到達目標 Target to be Reached
The content goal of this course is to have students understand how the notion of culture has evolved over time in western thought and how different understandings of culture have affected how humans view and relate to their fellow beings. In terms of academic skills, students will learn to take notes on lectures given in English, and gain experience in collaborative research and in giving group presentations in English.
 
授業内容 Course Content
This course provides a historical view of how the notion of culture has changed over time and how these changes have affected the ways that we relate to our fellow beings. Specifically, we will look at the role of culture as it relates to national unification, evolution, colonialism, the race question, civil rights, national independence, cultural diversity, relativity, and multiculturalism.
 
授業計画 Course Planning
1. Course Overview/Early ways of thinking about culture
The course purpose, syllabus, expectations, and evaluation criteria will be explained. The first lecture will review the etymology of the term culture and illustrate that early ways of thinking about culture are quite different than they are today.
2. Toward ‘National’ Cultures
This class will examine the role of culture and language in national unification, specifically in the cases of Germany and Japan. In this class, possible presentation topics will also be introduced.
3. Early Western Views of Native Cultures
This class will examine early western views of native cultures as the West came into increasing contact with other cultures.
4. From Determinism to Relativity
This class will review the role of anthropology in promoting a change in our understanding of culture from one of determinism to relativity. In this class, time will also be devoted to creating working groups and selecting presentation topics.
5. Review/Cultural relativism and the Race Question
The first part of this class will be used to review material from the first four classes. The second half of this class will illustrate how cultural relativism led to a consideration of the race question and changes in how humans look at race.
6. Mid-term Quiz/Colonialism and Independence
A mid-term quiz will be given in the first half of this class. In the second half of this class, focusing on post-colonial India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, the role of culture in the movement from colonialism to independence will be discussed.
7. Colonialism and Independence (continued)
The role of culture in the movement from colonialism to independence will be further discussed by focusing on the case of post-colonial India, Paskistan, and Bangladesh.
8. The Civil Rights Movement
This class will review important events in the American Civil Rights movement as they relate to issues of intercultural tolerance.
9. Cultural Diversity and Multiculturalism
This class will discuss how multiculturalism evolved out of an appreciation for cultural diversity.
10. Future Questions and Problems/Review
In the first half of this class, future questions and problems related to culture and specifically to the case of Japan will be discussed. The second half of this class will be used to help students review for the final quiz.
11. Final Quiz/Sharing Materials
The Final Quiz will be administered in the first half of this class. In the second half of the class, students will begin sharing research materials they have collected in their working groups.
12. Organizing Presentations
In this class, students will work in groups to organize their presentation materials.
13. Student Presentations
One third of the groups will give their presentations.
14. Student Presentations/ Course Evaluation
One third of the groups will give their presentations. Students will also complete their course evaluations at the end of this class.
15. Student Presentations
One third of the groups will give their presentations.

 
授業運営 Course Management
The course will be conducted largely in a lecture format. To be prepared for each class, students should preview the lecture outlines for the next class and prepare homework as it is assigned. They should also thoroughly read assigned texts and be prepared to share their opinions about these texts. After taking notes on the course lectures, students will be provided an opportunity to discuss the lectures with their classmates, ask clarification questions, and discuss the course readings. In addition, students will participate in in-class activities designed to illustrate points brought up in the lectures. Following each class, students should review their lecture notes and prepare questions on material that they do not understand. In addition, students will have to review the lecture notes in preparation for two short quizzes. Prior to the quizzes, time will be provided in class for students to review the course materials and ask questions. All lectures、class discussions and readings will be in English, but small group discussions and group work may be conducted in Japanese.
Toward the end of the term, classes will be organized around presentations by students on topics that relate to the material covered earlier in the course. As students will be expected to prepare an individual or group presentation at the end of the term, students should spend time outside of class researching materials relevant to their presentations, organizing these materials, and preparing for their presentations.
 
評価方法 Evaluation Method
First Quiz  30%
Mid-term Exam 30%
Final Presentation 40%
Students missing more than four classes will not receive credit for this course.
 
オフィスアワー Office Hour (s)
Friday 2:40~4:10 Building 17-309
 


 
 
 
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