2020 Graduate Lecture in Culture and Arts F1B

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Graduate major in Social and Human Sciences
Kitamura Kyohhei 
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Course description and aims

We are surrounded by 'screen' in our daily lives. 'Screen' should not be confined to movie theatre because it is omnipresent in our mediated life: mobile devices, digital signage, computers and tablets. The aim of this lecture is to understand visual culture in the 20th century and after by expanding the concept of 'screen.'

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Obtain basic knowledge about visual culture of the 20th/21st century,
2) Explain the background and specificity to others, and
3) Get the perspective of analyzing contemporary visual culture surrounding us.


Screen, Media, Visual culture、Audience、Sexuality

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Readings, presentations (specified range from the textbook or assignments from the instructor) and discussions are combined in each class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Overview of this course and introduction Understand 'screen' around us
Class 2 Screen in media studies Learn 'screen' as a methodology
Class 3 Events mediated by screens Discuss media experiences through screens
Class 4 Audiences in contemporary visual culture Explore audiences living in contemporary visual culture
Class 5 Visual culture from the perspective of 'off-screen' Discuss the media experience in cinema.
Class 6 Media reception and sexuality Explore media reception and sexuality
Class 7 Mobile screen and touching Consider the haptic image of mobile media

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Mitsuoka, Toshiro and Ryo Okubo eds. Doing Screen Studies in Japan. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, 2019. ISBN: 978-4130101387. (Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Student's course scores are based on participation (20%) , class assignments (40%) and final report (40%).

Related courses

  • LAH.S430 : Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences34:Studies of Culture and Representation
  • LAH.H314 : Studies of Culture and Representation C

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

No prerequisites.

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