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


Senior Seminar on History 04:

Media History/Media Studies

Subtitle Media History/Media Studies
Course Description Taught entirely in English, this seminar is open to those wishing to center their senior year in the areas of MEDIA HISTORY  or MEDIA STUDIES, including aspects of popular literature or popular culture.
In the initial fall semester, the seminar will focus at first on a series of case studies led by the professor, covering a range of approaches and issues and introducing basic concepts and methods that can be applied and adapted by students in their own dissertation research. The second half of the term will center on brief presentations by incoming students on selected topics. By the spring term, students should have provisionally chosen their own projects, and most classes will be given over to work-in-progress presentations by seminar members. In the second fall semester, contact with the professor for senior students will be principally in the form of individual consultations to support the process of researching and drafting the graduation thesis.
My own research interests are specifically in the British popular literature and media of the Victorian period, but I am happy to supervise students with considerably wider interests. I am especially keen to encourage those adopting historical, comparative or interdisciplinary approaches.
Syllabus After a couple of  introductory sessions led by the instructor, and another three looking at dissertations by recently graduated seminar members, each weekly session will be given over to one or more "work-in-progress" presentations by members of the seminar. See the Schedule below. 
Textbook No formal textbook. Prints and other course materials to be provided from the course website or in class.
Works of mReference To be announced on the course website and in the individual classes as required.
Click HERE for the collected graduation dissertations of the class of 2013-14 in PDF format.
Click HERE for the collected graduation dissertations of the class of 2014-15 in PDF format.
Click HERE for the collected graduation dissertations of the class of 2015-16 in PDF format.
Click HERE for the collected graduation dissertations of the class of 2016-17 in PDF format.
Click HERE for the collected graduation dissertations of the class of 2017-18 in PDF format.
Click HERE for the collected graduation dissertations of the class of 2018-19 in PDF format.
Click HERE for the collected graduation dissertations of the class of 2019-20 in PDF format.
Click HERE for the collected graduation dissertations of the class of 2020-21 in PDF format. **NEW**
Click HERE for Basic Graduation Dissertation rules
Click HERE for Brief Academic Writing Checklist
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Grading Method All students should be prepared to offer a "work-in-progress" presentation during the course of the semester. By the end of the term, all students intending to graduate must submit a completed graduation dissertation of at least 8000 words, while continuing students are expected to submit a "work-in-progress" term paper of around 2000 words. Assessment will be based on these completed assignments as well as on general contributions to the seminar.

DISCUSSION / PRESENTATION SCHEDULE

Introductory
W1
 Preliminary session: Introductions and Housekeeping                                       Opening Class Memo
W2  GL Research"A Book Proposal: Serializing Fiction in the Victorian Press 2.0"                         PDF       
Discussion of Selected 2020 Dissertations
W3  {P&S}


  Social Media & US Democracy
     KWON Soongyu
  

  Women and Alcohol in Japan
      ISHIHARA Yuri
 

W4
 
{B&T} 


  "Otaku" and Micro Economies
    
YAMADA Suzuka 
 

  Five Japanese Newspapers
     TAMURA Momoko
 
W5  
{C&A}

  Attitude of Japanese toward English
    
SAKO Akiho
 

  Virtual Charactersh in Japan
    
SATO Ryoichi
 
Student Presentations
W6  GL on the graduation thesis  Writing        Rules        Plan
 
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Contact
Individual consultation: By appointment via Zoom or in my office 
Office No: 11-1455

Reports and other communications can be submitted by mail to:
E-mail : [email protected]


Copyright (C) Graham Law, 2007-22. All rights reserved.

First drafted
Wed 28 Mar 2007.
Last revised Thur
17 Mar 2022.


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