2022 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

The era we are living is often called 'post-media.' Our daily lives are surrounded by 'social media,' which has dramatically transformed the relationship between body and media. In our mediated life, digital devices such as mobile devices, digital signage, computers and tablets are omnipresent. The aim of this lecture is to explore theories and methodologies to analyze contemporary media culture.

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.


Media, Visual culture、Audience、Gender, Sexuality, Feminism

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 Media Studies
Class 2 Media studies in the era of post-media Learn about 'Post-Media'
Class 3 Media as form/format Discuss the form of media and mediation.
Class 4 Stardom and fandom Explore celebrity and audience
Class 5 Media archeology Understand media archeology
Class 6 Media reception and gender/sexuality Explore media reception and gender/sexuality
Class 7 Media and feminism Consider the relationship between the history of feminism and 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.


Ito Mamoru ed. Post-Media Theories: New Developments of Media Studies. Minerva-shobo, 2021. ISBN: 9784623091126. (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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Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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