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

GSICCS Seminar:
Culture and Communication I/IIS

*** In line with general university policy, and because members who have been waiting so long are finally getting entry visas, it should be possible to hold face-to-face GSICCS seminars during the spring semester. However, if there is even one member who is not in town, the sessions will be conducted in hybrid fashion (Face-to-Face plus Zoom) so that everyone can participate. Moreover, it is quite likely that the first two or three session may be held entirely on Zoom, as we wait for members to arrive in Tokyo and to clear any quarantine regulations. For every online session we will use the same Zoom link, which will be available on the Waseda Moodle class page and also be sent to every student on the course mailing list. The following schedule may need to be further revised as circumstances dictate.***


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 grevolutionh(newspapers, magazines), the audio-visual grevolutionh (phonograph, cinema), the broadcasting grevolutionh (radio, television), and the internet grevolutionh(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 masters dissertations in media and communications
[Week 6
]: Instructor Model Presentation
[Weeks 7-15]: Student "work-in-progress" Presentations
Textbook No formal textbook. Course materials can be downloaded from the links below.
***Please note that many PDF files are located in a LOCAL folder. This means that they can only be accessed from within the Waseda system (i.e. you must download them EITHER from a computer at the university OR while connected to the university network via VPN). Otherwise, you will receive a message as follows: "FORBIDDEN You don't have permission to access this URL on this server".***
Works of Reference To be announced in class as required.
Grading Method 30% Oral presentation
50% Writing Assignments
20% Attendance & Participation


W1  4/6
 Preliminary session: "Housekeeping" & Introductions: Aims, Methods, Materials
       Class Memo          Academic Writing Checklist              Masters Thesis Basic Instructions
  Instructor presentation
W2 4/13
  Graham Law: Ch. 3: Periodical Growth   PDF

Learning from selected GSICCS Law-zemi masters dissertations in media and culture
(for a good collection of Thesis Abstracts, see those at NYU Steinhart, Dep. of Media, Culture & Communication) 
W3 4/20
 1 LERTSATTHA Chalita, "Bushido in Japanese and Global Pop Culture"
 Reading 1:  Thesis
W4 4/27
 2 LEE On Yee, "Ishidafs Tokyo Ghoul through the Lens of Kafkafs Metamorphosis"   Reading 2:  Thesis
W5 5/11
 3 BALYKOVA Nina, "Japanese TV Documentaries on Chernobyl"  Reading 3: Thesis 

 W3 5/18  4 OLAGOKE Moreni, "TV Ads Aimed at Children in the UK & Japan"  Reading 4: Thesis
 Student "work-in-progress" presentations

W7 5/25
  Jiawen     Camilla

W8 6/1

W9 6/8   Kari

W10 6/15

W11 6/22   Irene        Iga

W12 6/29   Gabija      Jiahe

W13 7/6   Andrea     Javier

W14 7/13  Aziza         Aron

W15 7/20  

??4/23 (Sat)        Special  Freshmen Workshop Session??

??6/18 (Sat)        Special  Final Semester Masters Presentation Session??

Every 3rd Monday
           Special  Doctoral Sessions                @@Details: 7.30~9.30pm via Zoom
4/4: Housekeeping Session
4/25:  Graham      Mike        

5/16:  Eman          Anh              
6/6:    James         Keiichi
6/27:  Yuzhen        Bozhana             

Heidi            Sky

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 Mon 6 Jun 2022.

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