2020 English Language and Cultures 14

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English language courses
Yamane Ryoichi 
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Mon5-6(W3-412 , (W3bldg., 4th floor, room412))  
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Course description and aims

Students in this course will closely read contents of Encounter, a literary magazine for US cultural Cold War, understand their historical backgrounds, and discuss the possible significance of the literary texts.
The purpose of this course is not only to acquire cultural knowledge on them, but also improve skills to account for what the texts are all about.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course students will be able to:
-acquire skills to analyze the U.S. literature
-learn the historical background of the literary texts
-explain in their own words what is significant about the texts


American literature and culture, close reading, discussion

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The instructor will require students to (1) closely read the short stories or essays, (2) briefly investigate their historical backgrounds, (3) discuss some social issues related to the literary texts, and (4) present their own opinions in writing.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Course introduction: US cultural Cold War and Japan To be able to account for Japan's relationship with US cultural Cold War
Class 2 Melvin J. Lasky "A Sentimental Traveller in Japan (I)" Close reading, summarizing, and criticizing
Class 3 Arthur Koestler "A Guide to Political Neuroses" Close reading, summarizing, and criticizing
Class 4 W. B. Yeats "Fourteen Letters" Close reading, summarizing, and criticizing
Class 5 Bertrand Russell "Technics and Totalitarianism" Close reading, summarizing, and criticizing
Class 6 Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. "Many Things v. One Big Thing" Close reading, summarizing, and criticizing
Class 7 Review and final presentation To be able to criticize US cultural Cold War and its ideology

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.


Handouts will be provided in class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Announced in class if necessary

Assessment criteria and methods

Activities in class: 20% Assignments: 30% Final exam: 50%

Related courses

  • LAE.E481 : English Language and Cultures 13

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



It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with Seminar: Language and Culture(English) 13.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.

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