Built Japan: Places, architecture, and heritage (Japan Studies Content Course 3) (E22)

Course content

This course will approach modern and contemporary Japanese society and culture by analyzing select portions of the built environment in Japan. Through a close analytical focus on a handful of very famous sites – iconic buildings, neighborhoods, and local communities across Japan – we will disentangle layers of meaning and social practice, proceeding from the history of Japanese architecture and spatial organization to locally and spatially embedded forms of social life and meaning-making. Among the questions we will address are: what is the connection between authenticity and cultural heritage in Japan? How are legacies of colonialism, militarism, and postwar prosperity and pacifism materially manifested and traceable in buildings and monuments? How are contemporary art and architecture used to revitalize rural communities, and how do urban environments shape social interaction and subcultural formations in Japan’s megacities? The course will take us from industrial ruins to urban sprawl, from urban neighborhoods to sacred sites, and from historical monuments to art museums. Engaging with the historical and ethnographic literature, we will train our critical and analytical skills, develop systematic reading skills and train our ability to read “beyond the facts” to identify textual layers and critically reflect on research questions, methods, and arguments in the course readings. The course ends with an exam essay aiming to combine such skills and concerns with newly acquired topical knowledge.

Education

Curriculum for BA elective program in Japanese Studies, 2019

Curriculum for MA program in Japanese Studies, 2019

 

Learning outcome

BA 201-studieordning:
Japanstudier realia 3 (Aktivitetskode: HJAB00991E)

BA-tilvalg 2019-studieordning:
Japansk Realia A (aktivitetskode HJAB10211E)
Japansk Realia B (aktivitetskode HJAB10221E)
Japansk Realia C (aktivitetskode HJAB10231E)

 

To be announced.

Oral
Individual
Collective
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other
Criteria for exam assessment

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 356,5
  • English
  • 412,5

Kursusinformation

Language
English
Course number
HJAB0109EU
ECTS
15 ECTS
Programme level
Bachelor
Bachelor choice
Duration

1 semester

Placement
Autumn
Schedulegroup
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Studyboard
Study Board of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Jens Sejrup   (6-85777c848782527a877f407d8740767d)
Teacher

Jens Sejrup, sejrup@hum.ku.dk
Anders Emil Kaas-Larsen, vrq430@hum.ku.dk

Saved on the 05-05-2022

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