2018 Graduate Lecture in Culture and Arts S1A

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Graduate major in Social and Human Sciences
Koizumi Yuto 
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Course description and aims

In the 2018 academic year this course is titled “Cinema study: analysis of the visual performance". It provides participants with an opportunity to deeply consider the nature of film by watching a pair of films. In the end students are to consider what the fim is and the way in which the art of film interact with our life and society.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course students will be able to:
・analyse a pair of particular films critically with some fundamental ways in which film is conceived of
・communicate with others who are supposed to have different point of views and critically discuss thier film analysis
・write a paper on film that is thematic in nature, citing primary and secondary sources


film study, humanity, film history, film director,

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

(1)Students watch part of the film selected for the course.
(2)A short discussion will be held at the end of each filming session about critical issues reflected on the film.
(3)A short, individual presentation and discussion in session 7 and 8 for their final essays that must be submitted within a week after the final class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction. Discussion of why and how people watch films. Consider how to learn films: symbolism, author theory, background, cultural representation
Class 2 Film #1 author theory
Class 3 Film #1 background: (1)period set in the story(2)production year
Class 4 Film #1 cultural representaion
Class 5 Film #2 author theory
Class 6 Film #2 background: (1)period set in the story(2)production year
Class 7 Film #2 Sharing students' essay -cultural representation -consider students' themes
Class 8 Film #2 Sharing students' essay Prepare a revised written version of the presentation for submission within a week.


The instructor selects two films that the students have never watched from the list.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Other materials may be provided as handouts in class if necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

-In-class participation: 50%
-Final essay: 50%

Related courses

  • Graduate Lecture in Culture and Arts S1B

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

-Neither prior experience of the discipline of Cinema study nor advanced knowledge of cinema theory are required.
-What IS required is an ability to listen to others deeply, accept the other's points of view, and shared your opinions.
-Ability to discuss critical issues in Japanese is also essential.


-Ideally students in this course would also take the 2018 course, Graduate Lecture in Culture and Arts S1B.

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