2017 Graduate Lecture in Culture and Arts F1A

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Social and Human Sciences
Instructor(s)
Hatanaka Kenji 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue3-4(W9-910)  
Group
-
Course number
SHS.U443
Credits
1
Academic year
2017
Offered quarter
3Q
Syllabus updated
2017/3/17
Lecture notes updated
2017/9/26
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

This course introduces the various thoughts of "nature (Sizen)" in Japan.
Through interpretation, examination and criticism of discourses on the nature, students will be able to understand historically and comprehensively the concepts of nature in Japan.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the features and backgrounds of the historical ideas of nature in Japan and their diversity.
2) Obtain basic knowledge of method of discourse analysis used in researches of the intellectual history.

Keywords

Japan, nature, intellectual history

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

Lectures with slides and video. Group discussion.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction: between "Sizen" and "nature" Reafin Ynabu Akira "Hon-yaku no Shiso: Sizen to Nature (Thought of the Translation: Shizen and Nature)," 1977.
Class 2 Re-examination of so-called Japanese traditional view of nature(1) Buddhism, Taoism Reading Saigusa Hiroto "Nihon no Shiso Bunka (Thought and culture in Japan)," 1937.
Class 3 Re-examination of so-called Japanese traditional view of nature(2) Neo-Confucianism and anti-Neo-Confucianism Reading Saigusa Hiroto "Nihon no Shiso Bunka (Thought and culture in Japan)," 1937.
Class 4 Aspects of view of nature in modern Japan (1) Fever of "natuurkunde" in the 19th century
Class 5 Aspects of view of nature in modern Japan (2) Alpinism and nationalism Reading Shiga Sigetaka "Nihon Fukei Ron ( Discouse on Japanse landscape)," 1894.
Class 6 Aspects of view of nature in modern Japan (3) Watsuji Tetsuro and his "Fudo" Reading Watsuji Tetsuro "Fudo: Ningengakuteki Kosatsu (the Climate ─ An anthropological consideration)," 1935.
Class 7 Aspects of view of nature in modern Japan (4) Imanishi Kinji and the Kyoto School
Class 8 Conclusion

Textbook(s)

Nothing required

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Final paper: 100%

Related courses

  • LAH.H307 : Special Lecture: Intellectual History in Japan

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Nothing required

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