2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Student Originated Studies: Projects in Japanese History, Literature, Religion, Arts, and Film

Winter quarter

Faculty: Setsuko Tsutsumi comparative literature, Japanese studies

Fields of Study: cultural studies, history and literature

Winter: CRN (Credit) Level 20386 (16) So - Sr; 20387 (1-16) So - Sr  

Credits: 16(W)

Variable Credit Options: variable credit options available.

Class Standing: Sophomore - Senior

Offered During: Day

Prerequisites: Students need not have extensive experience in a chosen field of work, but they must have strong self-discipline and self-study skill to complete the proposed work during the quarter.  


This SOS will give students opportunity to explore various aspects of Japanese civilization, by designing their own individual study. Students can focus on a particular historical period or incident, or choose themes which run throughout Japanese historical/ political development. Students can examine certain authors and their works in a certain period, or explore the tradition of Japanese aesthetics which run underneath literary works. Students can analyze their favorite films and directors, including animation, or study contemporary youth culture through their music and fashion. Students can also take comparative approaches, comparing and contrasting certain topics and themes between Japanese and other culture.  Possible research subjects are abundant throughout two thousand years of Japanese civilization in the areas of history, literature, arts, theater, religion, folklore, and film. Students will develop their research through consultation with the faculty.

Students can also engage themselves in creative works based on certain Japanese themes and images. Medium of the work is their choice. It could be ceramic work, or short film, or fabric work. The creative work should be supported by book research.

Students who want to include field research trip to Japan in their study plan, should register for Individual Contract with the faculty as a sponsor, not for this SOS program, though they can join the class activities in this SOS program prior and after their trip.

Interested students should bring their well-developed research or creative work plans to the first meeting of the quarter. The plans should include project goals, reading lists, weekly work plan, and intended final product.

Although students work individually, they will meet together once a week to report and share work-in-progress, conduct peer reviews, and receive advice and guidance. Each student will keep a process portfolio and reading journal.

Maximum Enrollment: 25

Preparatory for studies or careers in: Japanese studies, multicultural studies, literature, history, and film.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: No Required Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
November 24th, 2010 New SOS offering.