GSICCS, Waseda University -- Graham Law -- Academic Year 2022, Fall Term

GSICCS Seminar:
Culture and Communication I/IIF

*** This semester I hope to be able to hold most class sessions face-to-face on campus. However, there will also be a Zoom link so that all members can participate wherever they are.  And, of course, we may have to go back entirely to online sessions if the Covid situation deteriorates.***

Subtitle A Media History Approach
Course Description        The main aims of the research seminar in the second year of the Master's course are to support seminar members both individually and collectively in refining, developing, and completing their chosen research projects.
       This seminar is dedicated to the comparative study of the history of communications media in industrialized (or industrializing) societies, in particular, with regard to Western Europe, North America, and East Asia. Though the course may consider each of the four major media transformations of the last two centuries – the periodical grevolutionh(newspapers, magazines), the audio-visual grevolutionh (phonograph, cinema), the broadcasting grevolutionh (radio, television), and the internet grevolutionh(networking, digitalization) – the main focus will be on social and cultural rather than scientific/technological aspects of change. In the earlier part of each semester, class sessions will be led by the course instructor, while the later part will be given over to presentations and related discussion by student members concerning their own research projects.

Syllabus Likely organization, though subject to change according to the views of seminar members etc.:
[Week 1]: Introductions: Aims, Methods, Materials
[Weeks 2-5]:
Learning from selected research articles in media and communications
[Week 6]: Instructor Presentation
[Weeks 7-
15]: Student "work-in-progress" Presentations
No formal textbook. Course materials can be downloaded from the links below.

Works of Reference To be announced in class as required.
Grading Method c.30% Oral presentation
c.50% Writing Assignments
c.20% Attendance & Participation


W1 9/28
 Preliminary session: "Housekeeping" & Intros: Aims, Methods, Materials           Class Memo
Learning from selected recent research articles in media and communications

W2 10/5

  Reading 1:  Jin & Yoon (Transnational Korean Pop Culture)


W3 10/12
  Reading 2:  Petersen (Disaster Coverage of Haiti & USA)     CCCArticle    
W4 10/19
  Reading 3:  Mussell (Newspaper as Popular genre in C19th)   MHArticle    
W5 10/26   Reading 4:  Houston et al. (Tweeting during Presidential Debates)  CSArticle        
Instructor presentation
  W6 11/2
  Instructor Presentation:
 "Editing E.S. Dallas in the Times: Selection and Annotation"


Student "work-in-progress" presentations
W7 11/9  
W8 11/16  

W9 11/30   

W10 12/7  
W11 12/14  

W12 12/21  

W13 1/11  

W14 1/18  

  W15 1/25  

Mon at 7.30pm JST via Zoom
          Special  Doctoral Presentation Sessions              
9/26 Preparatory Session
10/17 Presenter(s):        
10/31 Presenter(s):           
11/21 Presenter(s):        
12/12 Presenter(s):        
1/9 Presenter(s):          


Office Hours: Tuesday 3 / Thursday 3
Office No: 11-1455

Reports and other communications can be submitted to me either in class, or by mail to:
Post : G Law, Minami-cho 3-9-18, Nishitokyo City, Tokyo 188-0012
E-mail : [email protected]

Copyright (C) Graham Law, 2013-22. All rights reserved.

First drafted Sun 3 Mar 2013.
Last revised Thur 21 Jul 2022.

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